Local weather resolutions are struggling win assist at this yr’s annual shareholder conferences of main oil firms, as buyers determine that tight power provides and massive firm earnings trump local weather issues.
Main oil companies have simply defeated a number of local weather resolutions introduced by shareholder activists at this yr’s spherical of annual basic conferences, after final yr’s string of hostile investor votes.
Dutch activist shareholder group Comply with This noticed assist for its local weather decision at BP’s (BP) assembly this week fall to fifteen% from 21% a yr in the past, lamenting that “Massive Oil has satisfied some buyers the power disaster overrides the local weather disaster.”
BP’s advisory vote by itself power transition plan, provided for a vote for the primary time, received 88% shareholder assist.
Solely 42% of votes solid at ConocoPhillips’ (COP) assembly this week supported stricter emissions targets, after 58% voted in favor of an analogous measure in a non-binding decision final yr.
In current weeks, simply 17% of shareholders at Occidental Petroleum’s (OXY) annual assembly backed a Comply with This local weather proposal, and 16% supported a decision asking Marathon Petroleum (MPC) to report on how its power transition plans affected employees and communities.
Buyers additionally could possibly be responding to the extra particulars many oil firms have supplied on their transition plans, which can have provided “extra consolation” to vote with administration, Neuberger Berman’s Caitlin McSherry informed Reuters.
In one other growth this week, BlackRock (BLK) mentioned it’s unlikely to assist shareholder resolutions that search to restrict oil and fuel funding, “as we don’t contemplate them to be in keeping with our purchasers’ long-term monetary pursuits.”
Shareholder conferences for Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and Shell (SHEL) are scheduled later this month.
Final yr, three Exxon board members had been thrown overboard in a shock vote instigated by unknown activist investor Engine No. 1.