The enormous impact of climate change on global public health and the environment demands an urgent, multifaceted response. Investors can be a positive force for action on climate change through their capital allocation decisions as well as engagement activities.
We at Walden recognize the complexity of the decision to divest of fossil fuel companies, or alternatively, to remain invested and engage with them. We believe such a decision deserves thoughtful deliberation, and we work closely with our clients to create a suitable investment approach that reflects their unique perspective and objectives.
For all client portfolios, Walden integrates climate change risk in portfolio management in a holistic manner – addressing the supply side (fossil fuel and related companies when held) as well as the demand side (all other portfolio companies as energy users). Walden considers climate change risk in company selection, shareholder engagement activities, and public policy advocacy. See Walden’s “2015 Statement on Climate Change.”
Both of the below strategies – divestment and engagement – elevate the visibility of the climate change crisis and provide impetus for long overdue action on the public policy front. Walden would be pleased to assist you in understanding the options available and developing a plan of action that is right for you or your organization.
Divesting of Fossil Fuel Companies
For clients who have determined that they will exclude investment in fossil fuel companies altogether, Walden has over fifteen years’ experience managing portfolios without exposure to coal, natural gas and oil companies. See Walden’s Fossil Fuel Free Portfolios.
Engaging Fossil Fuel Companies
Walden also works with clients who view shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy – two areas in which Walden has demonstrated unique expertise – as effective tools to promote substantial action on climate change. Read here to better understand how Walden identifies fossil fuel companies for investment and engages corporate management to promote more sustainable business practices.