Lloyd’s new ESG report: greenwashing, not climate action

Lloyd’s of London published its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report two days ahead of its Annual General Meeting on May 19. Lloyd’s second ESG report is a document almost completely lacking in substance which does more to obscure the climate destroying actions of its members than to shed light on how it intends …

SCOR finally releases timid oil policy

Today, SCOR, the 4th biggest reinsurer in the world, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) where its CEO Laurent Rousseau took the opportunity to announce SCOR’s first underwriting exclusions on oil. While committing to no longer underwrite new oil projects is a good first step, these restrictions fail to cover gas and are thus inconsistent …

SCOR, an insurer committed to the climate?

Originally published in Environmental-Finance on May 17, 2022. Laurent Rousseau, who was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SCOR almost a year ago, will meet his shareholders for the first time on 18 May. At a time when many insurers, as society’s risk managers, are not fulfilling their responsibility to actively support global action to avoid …

Mums ramp up pressure on Lloyd’s to stop insuring fossil fuels

Parent groups, Mothers Rise Up and Parents For Future UK, are calling on Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chair of Lloyd’s of London and a father of four, to stop insuring the world’s most damaging fossil fuel projects. A group of UK mums will meet with Carnegie-Brown on May 17, ahead of Lloyd’s AGM and hold a Father’s …

Campaigners call on Talanx to urgently follow its subsidiary Hannover Re, and rule out new oil and gas for its entire business

On the occasion of the Annual General Meetings (AGM) of Hannover Re (4 May) and its parent company Talanx (5 May), the environmental organisation urgewald, together with Dachverband der Kritischen Aktionär*innen (an association of critical shareholders), is calling on Talanx to take ambitious climate action. Talanx subsidiary Hannover Re announced in March that it would …

Arch becomes eighteenth insurer to sever ties with the Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline

Number of insurers ruling out Trans Mountain continues to grow, following a year of climate impacts along the pipeline route and continued pressure from activists. Trans Mountain insurer and Lloyd’s of London syndicate Arch Insurance has committed to no longer insure the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline after its current insurance policy expires this summer. …

Allianz raises the bar with the adoption of ambitious oil and gas exit policy

Today, Allianz, currently one of the world’s biggest oil and gas insurers, committed to stop insuring and investing in new oil and gas fields, new oil power plants, practices related to the Arctic and new midstream oil infrastructure as of January 2023, and will not renew existing contracts for such projects as of July 1, …

Insurance and Energy at a Crossroads

Feeding the fossil monster or clean energy? In this report by Insure Our Future member Re-set – a Czech organization that uses research, education and public engagement to support efforts for a more sustainable and just society – the policies of six major insurers in the Czech Republic [ČSOB pojišťovna, Generali Česká pojišťovna, Allianz, Kooperativa, …

Environmental organisations call out Munich Re for failing to stop insuring new oil and gas projects

World’s largest reinsurer must align its policies with climate science, say Urgewald and Dachverband der Kritischen Aktionär*innen ahead of its Annual General Meeting Ahead of Munich Re’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 28, the environmental and human rights organization Urgewald, as a member of the international campaign network Insure our Future, together with the …

Over forty environmental organizations urge Samsung to stop fueling climate change

The world’s third-largest electronics giant claims to be an innovative technology leader but faces global scrutiny on Earth Day over its over-reliance on fossil fuels   More than forty global environmental organisations sent a letter to the Samsung Group, urging the company to stop fuelling climate change and set more ambitious climate measures. The letter was delivered …

Climate activists overshadow Zurich Group’s Annual General Meeting with floating banner

One day before Zurich’s Annual General Assembly, the campaign organization Campax denounces the climate policy of Zurich Insurance with a giant floating banner. The banner, which reads “stop insuring oil and gas projects,” was pulled across Lake Zurich to Zurich Group’s headquarters in Zurich Enge.  This morning at 7:00 a.m., a sailboat full of climate …

Hannover Re becomes 5th re/insurer to opt out of East African Crude Oil Pipeline

Munich Re and Lloyd’s of London need to follow their European counterparts and reject the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). Hannover Re is the latest insurer to reject EACOP, joining Swiss Re, Axa, Zurich and SCOR in publicly committing that they will not underwrite the pipeline. Last week, after SCOR committed not to insure …

Mothers call on Lloyd’s to stop hurting #OurOtherMother, Planet Earth this Mothers Day

Ahead of UK Mother’s Day (Sunday 27th March), a group of mothers from Mothers Rise Up and Parents For Future UK, have reiterated their call on Bruce Carnegie-Brown and the leadership of Lloyd’s of London to stop insuring dangerous fossil fuels, and to insure their children’s futures instead.   Earlier today, they handed over a collection …

SCOR commits to not provide coverage to East African Crude Oil Pipeline

As major insurers say no to providing coverage for the highly controversial East African Oil Pipeline (EACOP), the pressure is mounting on Munich Re, Lloyd’s of London and others that have yet to comment on their potential involvement.  French multinational (re)insurance company SCOR is the latest global insurer to commit not to provide coverage for …

The Oil and Gas Policy Tracker

A tool to detect greenwashing practices in the finance sector Reclaim Finance and more than 15 NGOs launch the “Oil and Gas Policy Tracker” (OGPT). The tool is the first of its kind: it assesses in great detail the oil and gas exclusion policies (or lack thereof) of the 150 biggest financial institutions worldwide. The …

Swiss Re leads insurance industry’s exodus from oil and gas

Today, Swiss Re, the world’s second largest reinsurer, announced an enhanced oil and gas policy which brings new momentum to the insurance industry’s shift away from fossil fuels. Insure Our Future welcomes that Swiss Re is the first major oil and gas insurer to adopt a policy for the sector which excludes insurance for most …

Insure Our Future welcomes MAPFRE’s commitment to stop supporting coal, oil and gas companies not aligned with 1.5C transition

Tomorrow, at its Annual General Meeting, MAPFRE, one of Europe’s largest insurers and the largest non-life insurer in Latin America, will adopt a significantly updated climate policy. Insure Our Future welcomes MAPFRE’s commitment that it “will not insure [or invest in] coal, gas and oil companies that do not commit to an energy transition plan …

Finance sector has moral imperative to exclude Russian fossil fuel firms

In solidarity with Ukraine, a coalition of NGOs and groups around the world have sent a letter calling on financial institutions most exposed to Russian oil, gas, and coal to cease all ties with these companies, and to stop propping up Putin’s illegal war on Ukraine.  Over 75 organisations, including Reclaim Finance, BankTrack, Stand.earth, Greenpeace, …

AIG’s climate commitments are a major step forward for US insurance industry’s exit from fossil fuels

Insurance giant rules out support for new coal, tar sands, and Arctic energy exploration projects and commits to Net Zero emissions by 2050 for underwriting and investments WASHINGTON, D.C. – American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) today announced major new company-wide climate commitments, including commitments to no longer provide underwriting and investments in the construction …

Lloyd’s failure to implement ESG policy is driven by its CEO John Neal

Meeting reveals Neal’s failure to understand the need to stop insuring fossil fuel expansion On February 16, Insure Our Future network members challenged John Neal, CEO of Lloyd’s of London, on the insurer’s fossil fuel policies and actions in a long awaited, but ultimately very disappointing, on-the-record meeting at Lloyd’s Lime Street headquarters. The meeting …

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