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Insurance Companies’ Fossil Fuel Investments a ‘Potential $459 Billion Liability’

Insurance Companies’ Fossil Fuel Investments a ‘Potential $459 Billion Liability’

The insurance industry’s massive investments in fossil fuel companies — to the tune of $459 billion — represents a risky bet as demand for coal, oil and gas drops and renewable energy gains momentum, according to a Ceres report released yesterday. Insurance groups Ameriprise (12.4 percent), Lincoln National (11.8 percent) … Read more »

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Apple, Amazon Among Firms Ignoring SEC Climate Risk Rule

Apple and Amazon are among the nearly 75 percent of US publicly traded companies ignoring a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that they inform investors of climate-related risks, Inside Climate News reports. The news agency says Lawrence Taylor, a 72-year-old retired database developer and entrepreneur, culled data from annual reports … Read more »

Investors View Climate Change as ‘Material Risk’

A majority of investors view climate change as a material risk and as a consequence have retained — and in many cases advanced — their commitment to addressing climate change in their investment activities, according to research by consultant Mercer. This is despite wider economic challenges and continuing policy uncertainty, according to the … Read more »

Northern Trust, MSCI Create Custom ESG Indices

Northern Trust has partnered with investment decision tools company MSCI to give more environmentally and socially responsible investing options to the investment management company’s clients. Under the agreement, Northern Trust will use MSCI’s environmental, social and governance research, ratings and screening tools to provide customizable ESG portfolios. Northern Trust clients looking to integrate … Read more »

Mercer to Include ESG Ratings in Investment Reports

Mercer has announced that it will include its environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings in client reports related to manager searches and performance by the end of 2012. The responsible investment consulting firm says ESG factors are becoming more important to long-term investors and clients. ESG factors can be significant … Read more »