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Responsible Investment charity ShareAction applauds oil giant BP’s confirmation that it will not renew its membership of a controversial US-based lobbying group which promotes climate change skepticism.


ShareAction asked a question about BP’s membership of the American Legislative Exchange Council at the company’s Annual General Meeting in 2014, and subsequently wrote to BP asking them to leave the group.


BP confirmed its decision not to remain a member during a webinar with its investors on Friday.  



Responsible Investment charity ShareAction and the Climate Bonds Initiative have produced an investor briefing on green bonds to coincide with an explosion in the market for the products. 


The green bond market more than tripled in 2014 with £24bn invested, compared to just £7bn in 2013, and the briefing is part of ShareAction’s Green Light campaign, which aims to encourage pension providers to embed climate awareness into their investment decisions.


Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee today released their report on ‘Progress with automatic-enrolment and pension reforms’. ShareAction welcomes the Committee’s analysis that automatic enrolment (AE) has largely been a success so far but significant challenges remain. 

The Committee calls for the establishment of a new independent commission following the May 2015 General Election to advise on outstanding AE issues and assess the consequences on new pension freedoms. The Committee says:


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.