Top Four Reasons to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies
Since the fossil fuel divestment campaign began in 2012, individuals and institutions have started divesting their holdings from the coal, oil, and gas industries for the following reasons:
1. MORAL: ALIGN YOUR INVESTMENTS WITH YOUR VALUES
Most mutual funds, such as those used in IRAs and retirement plans, invest in coal, oil, and fracking companies. But, you care about the planet and don’t want to support the very companies that have driven climate change. That’s why people and institutions who want their investments to reflect their morals and ethics are changing their investments to fossil fuel free funds.
2. FINANCIAL: RISK, DIVIDENDS, STRANDED ASSETS
• Risk. According to global index provider MSCI, the “energy sector has consistently been among the most risky sectors in the global economy since 2005.”1
• Short term dividends. There is growing concern about current capital expenditure spending by fossil fuel companies. According to Carbon Tracker, a leading global analyst, “capital could easily be wasted developing new high cost projects” such as offshore or Arctic oil drilling instead of returning to shareholders as dividend payments.3 For example, in 2013 the top 200 fossil fuel companies (by reserves) spent $674 billion in capital expenditures and paid only $126 billion in dividends to their shareholders.4
• Long term assets. If governments move to restrict carbon emissions, the reserves of coal, oil, and gas held by many fossil fuel companies may become devalued or stranded assets.
3. POLITICAL: REDUCE CORPORATE INFLUENCE
By naming the fossil fuel industry’s influence — and by highlighting its role in causing climate change — the divestment movement hopes to break the hold that the industry has on the economy and governments. Inspired by the successful South African divestment campaign, the fossil fuel divestment movement already has mobilized millions of people and billions of dollars to put the industry on the defensive.
4. REINVEST IN CLEAN SOLUTIONS
Divesting frees up funds to invest in a clean, sustainable economy. Both of Green Century’s Funds seek to invest in companies focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation, making them a combined divestment-reinvestment solution.
Green Century is proud to be the first and only family of responsible and diversified fossil fuel free funds. Neither fund invests in coal, oil, or fracking exploration, extraction, processing, or refining.
- The Green Century Equity Fund invests in the longest-running socially responsible stock index, minus the fossil fuel companies in that index.
- The Green Century Balanced Fund invests in the stocks of environmentally responsible companies and green bonds.
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1 MSCI, “Responding to the Call for Fossil Fuel Free Portfolios,” p. 7.
2 Henry M. Paulson, Jr., “The Coming Climate Crash,” The New York Times, June 21, 2014, par. 3.
3 Carbon Tracker Initiative, “Capex Tracker”
4 Carbon Tracker Intiative and Grantham Research Institute, “Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets,” , p. 16.
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