Supporting shareholder resolutions on climate reporting in BP and Shell
Voting intention 15 April 2015
Norges Bank Investment Management will vote in favour of the Special Shareholder Requisitioned Resolution submitted for shareholder vote at the Annual General Meetings of BP and Royal Dutch Shell.
The shareholder resolutions asks for further information on risks and opportunities associated with climate change. This information is proposed to be included as a part of their annual reporting from 2016.
– As a long-term investor, we believe that the identification of future scenarios for climate regulation, carbon pricing, and environmental conditions is a useful tool to support strategic decision-making and we thereby support these resolutions, says Chief Investment Officer Equity Strategies Petter Johnsen.
In line with our expectation document on climate change, we believe that boards should recognize the necessity of integrating climate change related challenges and opportunities in the investment planning and risk management, and ensure that responsibility is clearly defined within the organization. We commend the Boards of BP and Royal Dutch Shell for recommending support for the shareholder requisitioned resolution.
We consider the shareholder requisitioned resolution to support our own focused efforts in this area. Climate, and possible financial risk connected to this, has been an important part of our responsible management for many years.
This is the first time we publish our voting intention prior to the annual shareholder meeting. We will publish our voting intentions for a selected number of companies and for certain fundamental issues that we emphasize in particular. This is in-line with our strategy plan where it states that we will make our voting intentions public before the annual shareholder meetings to increase transparency, and encourage initiatives to strengthen the vote execution chain.
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