Climate risk & board conflicts at Standard Bank – Just Share

n 8 June 2020, 14 climate justice NGOs led by Just Share wrote to asset managers with shares in Standard Bank Group Limited (Standard Bank), calling on them to vote against the election of five climate-conflicted directors at the bank’s AGM on 26 June. Seven of Standard Bank’s 18 board members have close ties to…

Preparing for Post-Pandemic Corporate Activism

Pre-pandemic, activists found new acceptance among institutional investors as they focused on unlocking value, creating efficiencies, and operating in a global environment with a focus on corporate and social responsibility governance issues. In what might be seen as a direct response to this trend, in August 2019, a group of 181 chief executives signed a…

JPMorgan Chase removes Climate Change Denier and Former Oil Company CEO from independent director role | Financial Times

JPMorgan Chase has promised to announce a new lead independent director by the end of September, bringing an end to the 19-year tenure of former ExxonMobil chief Lee Raymond and satisfying demands for change led by New York City’s comptroller and climate groups.  America’s biggest bank revealed the timetable for appointing Mr Raymond’s successor in documents filed ahead of its May 19…

Jupiter Backs Barclays Shareholder Resolution on Climate Change – Bloomberg

Jupiter Asset Management has thrown its weight behind a shareholder campaign urging Barclays Plc to set out how it will stop financing energy firms that don’t align with the Paris Agreement climate goals. The London-based fund manager joins around a dozen institutions including Amundi SA to back what supporters say is the first climate change…

Majority Action Wants Former Exxon CEO Off the Board of JPMorgan

Few people are in a position to influence Jamie Dimon, the chief executive who turned JPMorgan Chase & Co. into the biggest U.S. bank. The longtime climate skeptic who turned Exxon Mobil Corp. into the biggest U.S. oil company is one of them. Lee R. Raymond, 81, holds the top position on JPMorgan’s 11-member board…

Report: Shareholder Activism Jan-June 2019

Activist Insight on Shareholder Activism and Engagement in the first half of 2019: The first six months of 2019 have provided plenty of interesting activist activity in what seems like a longer proxy season than last year’s. Late-season fights at HomeStreet and EQT (this month’s campaign in focus) have kept us on our toes, as…

Investors with $34 trillion demand urgent climate change action – Reuters

Investors managing more than $34 trillion in assets, nearly half the world’s invested capital, are demanding urgent action from governments on climate change, piling pressure on leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies meeting this week.In an open letter to the “governments of the world” seen by Reuters, groups representing 477 investors stressed “the urgency…