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Investor Expectations: Climate Lobbying

Climate risks pose particular uncertainty to portfolios from a regulatory, economic and a reputation perspective. That’s why it is important for companies and investors alike to understand the role they play in corporate lobbying practices. Examples include how they are enabling policy-makers to close the ‘ambition gap’, advocating for climate-smart policy, supporting through membership in certain business organizations, and contributing to campaigns, political groups and think tanks. However, they also need to understand what tools they can use to address risk, because with that knowledge, they can engage in climate policy engagement and disclosure more effectively.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine tools to assist investors in climate risk assessment, such as CA100+ Net Zero Company Benchmark Framework, RPE Blueprint for Responsible Policy Engagement and various corporate lobbying letters
  • Identify what success looks like, whether it is in the form of CEO engagement, new resolutions from those that have received a lobbying letter, lobbying disclosures, details as to how a company is “Paris aligned” or something else
  • Outline what the 2021 proxy season and investor membership in business organizations might will look like

Moderator: Anne Kelly, Vice President, Government Relations, Ceres

Panelists:

  • Morgan LaManna, Sr Manager Investor Engagement, Ceres
  • Adam Kanzer, Head of Stewardship - Americas, BNP Paribas Asset Management 
  • Catherine Moyer, Head of North America Stewardship, Asset Management, Northern Trust

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.