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Investors Urge EPA to Regulate Methane Emissions

A group of investors with more than $300 billion in assets under management have urged the EPA to regulate methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. The agency is considering what measures it will take as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. … Read more »

Microsoft

Microsoft Quits Anti-Renewables Lobbying Group

Microsoft has cut its ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an anti-renewables lobbying group, Electa Blog reports. The Sustainability Group, a socially responsible investment advocacy group, and portfolio management firm Walden Asset Management has been encouraging the IT giant to end its relationship with ALEC, according to the … Read more »

Starbucks

Nike, UPS, Starbucks Shareholders Demand GHG Cuts, Sustainability Reporting

Investors filed 110 shareholder resolutions this proxy season related to sustainability issues and climate change with 94 US companies, according to business nonprofit Ceres, which helped coordinate the shareholder filings. Among resolutions filed with major US manufacturers, consumer brands and service providers, many investors requested board oversight of corporate sustainability … Read more »

First Green Bank

Investment Firms, Banks Back Climate Initiatives

Some 22 US investment firms with about $240 billion in assets under management, led by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the Oregon State Treasurer’s office, have signed the Climate Declaration, calling upon federal policymakers to address climate change as an economic opportunity. These financial firms join more … Read more »

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Investing

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Investing

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures’ public forum on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Investing: A New Reality in the Marketplace features Tim Smith, senior vice president of environmental, social and governance group at Walden Asset Management. Smith shares his insights into the history of corporate responsibility and social investment, highlights … Read more »

PNC Bank

PNC Investors Support Climate Change Risk Management

Some 22.8 percent of PNC Financial shareholders representing more than $5.4 billion dollars have voted in support of a resolution asking the company to assess its exposure to climate change in its lending, investing and financing activities. This is the first time that shareholders have been able to vote on … Read more »

PNC Emissions Resolution to Stay, SEC Says

A shareholder resolution proposing that PNC Financial assess the greenhouse gas emissions in its lending portfolio as well as its exposure to climate change risk must remain on the proxy ballot, according to a ruling by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC decision reverses previous rulings and poses … Read more »