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Responsible Investment charity ShareAction has launched a website giving members of the public the chance to show their support for shareholder resolutions filed at BP and Shell, urging the companies to be more transparent about the risks presented by climate change to their businesses.


The name of the website reflects the opportunity to give climate change concerns a seat at the table at the Annual General Meetings of the two companies, which take place on 16th April (BP) and in May (Shell – exact date still to be announced):


Emma Howard Boyd, former Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management, will join Responsible Investment charity ShareAction as the organisation’s new Chair in April.


At Jupiter, Emma developed the firm’s reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields. This included research and analysis on companies’ performance, engaging with companies at board level and public policy engagement.



This week’s European Commission Green Paper setting out the priorities of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) needs to do more to focus on real people’s concerns about the financial system, according to Responsible Investment charity ShareAction.


The Commission, under Jean-Claude Juncker, wants to tap into the trillions of pounds held by insurance companies, pension schemes and asset managers in the European Union to spur corporate lending and investment, with the Green Paper supporting the development of an action plan to be released in the third quarter of this year.


Some of the world’s best-known Asset Managers have been exposed for failing to walk the talk on Stewardship and Responsible Investment in an independent report published by investment sector watchdog, ShareAction.

The report, which ranks asset managers on transparency and responsible investment, checked under the bonnet of the 33 largest Asset Managers in the UK, who are responsible for investing £13.8 trillion of assets for pension savers, charities, universities and individuals all over the world. This is ShareAction’s fourth survey of the industry’s performance on responsible investment and provides the only available independent benchmark on this topic.


Shell has written to shareholders today, recommending that they support a shareholder resolution filed by a coalition of major investors about the risks associated with climate change.

Co-filers ShareAction and ClientEarth helped the Aiming for A coalition coordinate the filing of the resolution at Shell. The same group, which includes major investors, asset managers and insurers, has also filed a similar resolution with BP.


A coalition of more than 150 major investors including more than 40 clients of Rathbone Greenbank Investments, UK and US local authorities and the Church of England  today filed a resolution requiring BP to disclose risks associated with climate change. Shareholders can vote for the resolutions at BP and Shell’s annual general meetings, scheduled for April and May respectively.