Mainstream Investors Using Vote to Address Climate Risks

In an effort to move the needle on portfolio company recognition of material risks related to climate change, investors increasingly rely on proxy votes as a means of conveying their message. In the U.S., resolutions filed, withdrawn and voted have nearly doubled over the past decade, and an ISS-Ethix Climate Solutions analysis finds proponents are targeting their filings judiciously. During the period examined, the three companies with the highest number of resolutions are among the top 10 percent of carbon emitters within the study group: Exxon Mobil (13), Kinder Morgan (12) and Chevron (10). Over the 10 year period, companies with above average carbon emissions (relative to the group) received on average 3.64 resolutions, compared with 1.79 resolutions for those below the average level of carbon emissions.

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