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“Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation.” – Benjamin Franklin (‘Firm Resolve’) When oil and gas companies talk climate science they choose their words carefully. Replete with qualifiers and boilerplate statements, the vacuous language S&P 500 oil and gas companies use to address climate risk, even as recently as […more…]

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COP 21 represents the first formal squeeze on the global carbon budget – and, as time goes by, the grip is set to tighten.  What does this mean for shareholders of oil and gas companies? Part – the biggest part – of the answer to this question is the link between market capitalizations of oil and […more…]

Large US oil and gas companies are not adequately disclosing to their investors the risk that a portion of their carbon-based assets could be left stranded. Boston-based sustainability organization, Ceres, in collaboration with CookESG Research, recently launched a new version of its online Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Sustainability Disclosure Search Tool, providing users with […more…]

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Much of the valuable information that companies communicate to their shareholders about their ESG performance and the social and environmental risks facing the business lie not in the tagged financials nor even in the structured tables and graphs embedded in annual reports, but rather in the paragraphs that flow around the numbers and figures. For […more…]

This year saw a record high in mutual fund support for climate-related resolutions tracked by Ceres (Mutual fund companies show record high support for climate change shareholder resolutions). Voting records show that mutual funds voted favourably 29% of the time in the 2013 proxy season, an all-time high for the annual survey conducted by Ceres […more…]

CookESG recently reviewed five hundred and two shareholder-sponsored resolutions voted during the 2013 U.S. proxy season (July 2012 to June 2013).1 Two-thirds are governance-related: board practices, executive pay, director elections, shareholder rights and shareholder value.  These averaged 41% support, slightly down on the 10-year high of 45% in 2009. One-third address social and environmental issues […more…]

In a move that paves the way for a closer link between climate-related performance and investment decision making, the UK government has announced that it will require large public companies to disclose in their annual reports their greenhouse gas emissions. This will affect approximately 1,600 large companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and will […more…]