Periodically investor groups coordinate public statements or letters in support of various initiatives or policies related to sustainability, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and other materials investment considerations. The Intentional Endowments Network shares these statements here as opportunities for endowments to add their names and offer support, at their own discretion. If you have any questions, please contact us and we can connect you with the organizer(s) of the statements.
In February 2019, higher education leaders announced a Call to Action: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions in response to the recent scientific reports that strongly advise unprecedented action in the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Institutions are signaling for ambitious cross-sector climate solutions that advance just and equitable sustainability practices on campuses and their surrounding communities.
Developed in coordination with presidents, chancellors, and trustees from higher education institutions of the Climate Leadership Network, the joint declaration took place at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, an annual event hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN). The call provides nine guiding principles for higher education institutions to accelerate climate leadership with socially inclusive initiatives and innovative cross-sector partnerships.
Presidents, Chancellors, Trustees, and others with authority to sign on behalf of the institution are invited to do so via the Online Sign-On Form.
Deadline: June 17, 2019
The First Affirmative Financial Network invites institutional investors to sign this open letter to Mr. Jamie Dimon, CEO and Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase regarding serious investor concerns about the bank's approach to climate change. The impetus for this campaign was generated by the Rainforest Action Network's recent report, Banking on Climate Change.
The bank's position as the leading lender and underwriter to fossil fuel companies by a large margin, including extensive financing of companies that are investing in new reserves and fossil fuel infrastructure, is not compatible with the goals of the Paris agreement– an agreement that the bank claims to support. Mr. Dimon has also made recent statements that indicate his belief that climate change does not pose a direct risk to the financial system, a belief that is completely out of step with his peers.
The letter asks JPMorgan Chase to take action steps to ensure that the company’s financing is — as called for in the Paris Agreement — “consistent with a pathway toward low greenhouse gas emissions.”
The 2019 corporate annual general meeting season has begun, and that means it's time to vote your proxy ballots. Votes in favor of shareholder resolutions in the double digits are very successful in focusing management and investor attention on issues. You can download ICCR's Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide to see the full list of the 250 ICCR resolutions that have been filed for the 2019 proxy season. You can learn more about the shareholder resolutions process here.
Several hundred shareholder resolutions will be coming up for a vote by stockholders this year. You can also see a list of proxy exempt solicitations and proxy memos that lay out the arguments for why you should vote in favor of these resolutions.
With governments around the world struggling to limit the increasing costs of healthcare budgets, it is clear that how pharmaceutical companies manage access-to-medicine risks and opportunities is material to their investors. The Access to Medicine Index is one of the most credible sources of information about how 20 of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies manage a range of value drivers within their business, including pricing models, R&D, governance and compliance. The 6th Access to Medicine Index was published in November 2018.
The Access to Medicine Foundation invites the investor community, including college and university endowments, to sign on the Investor Statement of the Access to Medicine Index, committing to take into account the analysis generated from the Index in their ESG analysis and engagement with pharmaceutical companies. To date, 89 investors collectively managing assets in excess of USD 11 trillion have already signed the Statement.
PRI invites investors to sign on to a statement committing to support a just transition on climate change. Investors can make an important contribution as stewards of assets, allocators of capital and as influential voices in public policy to make sure that the transition produces inclusive and sustainable development
* Please visit the past sign-on opportunities page to review older letters and statements, and the endowment signatories.