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oil & gas companies begin plugging methane leaks to retain social license to operate
December 14, 2017
This fifth annual edition of the Disclosing the Facts disclosure scorecard focuses exclusively on company efforts to reduce methane emissions--a potent contributor to global climate change.
FRACKING SCORECARD: EVEN WITH INDUSTRY DOWNTURN, IMPROVEMENT SEEN IN RISK REPORTING, BUT FAILING MARKS STILL DOMINATE
December 14, 2016
7 outof 10 oil and gas companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing still failed on investor scorecard; BHP Billiton ranked 1st for fracking disclosure; Noble Energy rises to 2nd place.
fracking scorecard: despite progress, 70 percent of oil & gas companies still fail to adequately disclose risks to investors
December 17, 2015
Inadequate reporting of methane leakage risks found; BHP Billiton ranked best for overall disclosure, Hess, Apache, Noble Energy and CONSOL Energy round out top 5.
INVESTORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST CHEMICAL INDUSTRY EFFORTS TO UNDERCUT STATES IN TOXIC SUBSTANCES LAW
April 15, 2015
Investors express concern to U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about provisions of proposed reform of Toxic Substances Control Act that would prematurely preempt states from taking actions essential to eliminate chemical hazards.
investors call on finance committee to reject fast-track; ensure TRADE agreements' compatibility with sustainable economy
March 30, 2015
Iehn tells committee available evidence suggests that pending agreements will be harmful to the us economy by undermining regulations that promote economic prosperity and public health.
INVESTORS SEEK BETTER DISCLOSURES OF FRACKING COMPANIES’ IMPACTS ON COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
February 26, 2015
Pointing to industry-wide “failure” to disclose impacts of fracking operations, shareholders filed resolutions urging improvements at six major oil and gas companies this year, including Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil, WPX Energy, QEP Resources, SM Energy, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
FRACKING SCORECARD: 2014 INVESTOR REPORT SHOWS FEW ENERGY COMPANIES WILLING TO DISCLOSE PRACTICES
December 11, 2014
With new focus on methane leakage concerns, shareholder assessment grades 30 oil & gas companies: BHP Billiton in 1st place for fracking disclosure; Exxon and Chevron near bottom.
INVESTOR COALITION SUCCESSFULLY URGES NATURAL GAS COMPANIES TO ADDRESS IMPACTS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATIONS
June 10, 2014
Under pressure from a coalition of investors for the fifth year in a row, major oil and gas companies including ExxonMobil, EQT, and Occidental Petroleum agreed to report on steps being taken to mitigate the adverse environmental and community impacts of their hydraulic fracturing operations.
SHAREHOLDERS TARGET COMPANIES' FAILURE TO MEASURE AND REDUCE IMPACTS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
February 4, 2014
Shareholders filed resolutions at five major oil and gas companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and EOG Resources, over failure to disclose measurable reductions in environmental and social impacts of hydraulic fracturing operations.
hydraulic fracturing report card: industry scores "f" on risk disclosures to investors
November 7, 2013
Shareholder analysis of 24 companies finds energy producers--with BP, Exxon Mobil and Occidental at the bottom--failing to adequately report efforts to reduce environmental and community impacts
INVESTORS PRESS OIL AND GAS COMPANIES TO REDUCE AND REPORT RISKS FROM HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATIONS
February 5, 2013
Shareholder resolutions call for quantifiable progress on environmental risks, fugitive methane emissions and other community impacts.
GROUPS: IEA “GOLDEN RULES” FOR FRACKING TRACK CLOSELY WITH STEPS ALREADY CALLED FOR BY INVESTORS
May 29, 2012
After outlining their own recommendations seven months ago for energy companies engaged in fracking, investors with about $1 trillion in assets under management are seeing much they can support in the International Energy Agency’s “Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas” report released today.
MAJOR PUSH TO CLEAN UP SHALE GAS FRACKING AS
55 TOP INVESTORS WITH $1 TRILLION IN ASSETS WEIGH IN
May 16, 2012
In Wake of Instances of Problem Drilling, Regulatory Rumblings and Shareholder Unrest, Investors Seek Greater Certainty Through 12 “Best Practices” Guidelines; Growing Coalition Includes Sustainable and Religious Investors in U.S., Europe and Australia.
natural gas companies respond to investor concerns over environmental, community impacts of fracking operations
March 8, 2012
Four companies--EOG Resources, Noble Energy, PennVirginia Corporation, and Stone Energy-- are improving risk management disclosures about hyraulic fracturing operations. Investors have consequently withdrawn shareholder resolutions seeking such enhanced reporting.
investors challenge natural gas companies to increase transparency, reduce risks to public health and the environment from fracking operations
February 8, 2012
Shareowners have filed resolutions at 10 companies to spur more responsible management practices and to foster disclosure of how companies are addressing risks associated with community concerns, tightened regulations, and moratoria.
investors release best practices guidance for safer fracking
December 13, 2011
Report offers best practice recommendations to companies for reporting and reducinig risks and impacts from natural gas operations in shales relying on hydraulic fracturing.
SEC ACTION VALIDATES INVESTOR CONCERNS ABOUT HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATIONS
August 25, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has reported that SEC staff are pressing oil and gas companies to provide increased disclosure on the financial risks associated with the environmental impacts of their fracturing operations. Investors who have filed increasingly successful shareholder resolutions seeking such disclosure applaud the SEC action.
ENERGEN CORPORATION SHAREHOLDERS RESOUNDINGLY SUPPORT INCREASED TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HYDRAULIC FRCTURING OPERATIONS
May 2, 2011
49.5% "Yes" vote sends clear message to management about reducing environmental and financial risks.
INVESTORS CHALLENGE NINE OIL AND GAS COMPANIES ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROCESSES--SHAREHOLDERS FILE TO SPUR MORE RESPONSIBLE "FRACKING" PRACTICES
January 21, 2011
Investors have filed shareholder resolutions pressing companies to disclose their plans for managing water pollution, litigation and regulatory risks that are increasingly associated with ever-expanding natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations (also known as "fracking") in the United States.
INVESTORS WARN CONGRESS: OBSOLETE FEDERAL CHEMICALS POLICY THREATENS BUSINESS RECOVERY - MANAGERS OF $35 BILLION IN ASSETS CITE ECONOMIC BURDEN FROM CHEMICAL EXPOSURES
September 27, 2010
While legislators’ attention in the waning days of the 111th Congress is focused on contentious economic stimulus programs, investors are reminding senators and representatives that reforming obsolete federal legislation governing toxic chemicals is necessary for American companies to be able to compete better.
STRONG VOTES ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING SEND CLEAR MESSAGE TO NATURAL GAS DRILLERS: INVESTORS SEEKING MORE DISCLOSURE OF CORPORATE STEPS TO REDUCE HAZARDS
June 23, 2010
New shareholder proposals during the 2010 proxy season--challenging companies to improve disclosure of the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing used in natural gas drilling operations--have received remarkable levels of support, according to resolution filers. A core goal is providing investors with information necessary to assess how broadly and routinely companies are implementing best management practices to minimize risks.
SHAREHOLDERS TO NATURAL GAS COMPANIES: INCREASE CHEMICAL DISCLOSURE, ADOPT BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
May 6, 2010
Shareholders at Cabot Oil & Gas and EOG Resources cast about a third of their votes in support of resolutions urging the companies to better disclose the environmental hazards of natural gas production and policies to minimize risks. These were unusually high tallies for resolutions presented for the very first time at corporate meetings. The Securities and Exchange Commission had rejected efforts by both companies to keep the resolutions off their proxy ballots.
INVESTORS CHALLENGE NATURAL GAS COMPANIES TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
January 26, 2010
Investors are asking natural gas companies and their service suppliers for greater transparency about the business and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing--a process where water, chemicals and particles such as sand are injected into the ground under extremely high pressure to unlock vast gas reserves previously unavailable. Investors have engaged 20 companies and filed resolutions at 12.
report: asbestos litigation disaster for investors could be repeated with nanotechnology unless sec and fasb close eight major loopholes now preventing honest disclosures
June 16, 2009
Some nanotechnologies are showing signs of posing serious hazard to human health and the environment, including the potential for some of the same kind of grave health injuries as asbestos. IEHN offers practical solutions for closing loopholes in SEC and FASB requirements now preventing honest disclosures of potential financial liabilities.
Historic Shareholder Agreement Reached with McDonald's on Pesticide Use Reduction
March 31, 2009
First environmental/worker health shareholder resolution from college endowment prompts action by nation's largest potato buyer.
Report: Consumers, Manufacturers and Retailers Dumping BPA Plastics, Not Waiting for Regulators
September 15 , 2008
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds a major public meeting tomorrow (September 16, 2008) on bisphenol A (BPA), a new report from the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN) shows that consumers have already voted with their pocketbooks for less risky plastic products.
investors: stronger “long-term severe risk” corporate disclosure requirement needed in proposed fasb accounting statement
August 4, 2008
IEHN is urging investors to contact the Federal Accounting Standards Board (FASB) prior to August 8, 2008, to support strengthening of "FAS 5", FASB's accounting statement on “loss contingencies.”
toxic product recall backlash: 2008 shareholder season to set record for chemical, product safety shareholder resolutions
April 29, 2008
Proxy season overview: in the wake of high profile product recalls and growing public concern about chemicals in baby bottles and other products, a record number of resolutions on toxic chemicals and product safety have been introduced by corporate shareholders. Listen to the streaming audio briefing here.
Toxic Stock Syndrome: How Corporate Financial Reports Fail to Apprise Investors of the Risks of Product Recalls and Toxic Liabilities
April 17, 2008
Product toxicity review finds annual securities reports fail to disclose financial risks known to corporate managers on supply chain weaknesses before and after the 2007 toy recalls due to lead paint, on scientific studies showing products causing asthma, potential health risks of nanotechnology, and on the new European chemical regulatory program, “REACH”.
Toxic Neglect: Mutual Funds Opposing Shareholder resolutions on chemicals in products ignore financial risks to shareholders
February 28, 2008
New IEHN Report: Most major mutual fund families in the United States routinely opposed or abstained from voting on toxic chemical shareholder resolutions, but there are several reasons for hope in some funds' proxy voting guidelines and support for resolutions
INVESTOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NETWORK APPLAUDS SEARS HOLDINGS’ NEW POLICY TO REDUCE AND PHASE OUT USE OF POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC)
December 13, 2007
The latest in a series of decisions by such leading retailers as Wal-Mart and Target is a further reminder that retailers must take responsibility for reducing consumer exposures to toxic chemicals in products.
THREAT FROM TOXIC CHINESE IMPORTS REQUIRES STEPPED-UP CORPORATE COMMITMENT, WARNS INVESTOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NETWORK
December 11, 2007
Investment Managers Concerned About the Health Risks from Corporate Toxics Policies Post Video and Audio Webcasts Advising Investors and Companies Regarding Toxic Products and China
IEHN OCTOBER 2007 NEWSLETTER: TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PRODUCTS
Letter from the Executive Director
Media attention in recent months to toxic toys, toothpaste and pet foods has added fuel to our argument that companies must pay serious attention to the toxic chemicals in their products.
BED BATH & BEYOND ENCOURAGED TO REPLACE TOXIC CHEMICALS IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS
July 10, 2007
Strong Support for Shareholder Resolution at Bed Bath & Beyond Encourages Company to Replace Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products
REMARKABLE 45 PERCENT OF SHAREHOLDERS SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY/PVC RESOLUTION AT HASBRO
May 30, 2007
PVC Chemical Issue Also Raised with Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond; Toy/Game Maker Hasbro Lags Other Companies, Progress Seen at Sears and Mohawk Industries.
COMPANIES FACING SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTIONS ON CHEMICAL RISKS IN PRODUCTS GROW FROM JUST THREE IN ‘04–‘05 TO 17 IN ‘06–‘07
From Asthma to Teflon . . . From Cosmetics Safety to Pesticides . . . Concerns Mount About Chemical Risks; IEHN Unveils “Fiduciary Guide” as 2007 Proxy Season Heats Up
TOXIC CHEMICAL RISKS TO PORTFOLIOS ARE FOCUS OF NEW IEHN VIDEO
April 16, 2007
Toxic chemical risks to portfolios are focus of video for individual investors, pension fund fiduciaries and investment professionals.
TOXICS IN YOUR PORTFOLIO?: COMPANIES INCREASINGLY FACING SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTIONS ON CHEMICAL RISKS IN PRODUCTS
April 4, 2007
From Asthma to Teflon . . . From Cosmetics Safety to Pesticides . . . Concerns Mount About Chemical Risks; IEHN Unveils “Fiduciary Guide” as 2007 Proxy Season Heats Up.
WHAT PRICE BEAUTY? RISK POSED BY TOXICS IN COSMETICS COULD LEAVE UNWARY INVESTORS WITH A BLACK EYE
February 20, 2007
Growing Regulatory, Consumer Pressure Pose Major Challenges for Cosmetics Industry, Retailers; Bed, Bath & Beyond and CVS Face Related 2007 Proxy Votes.
VALUE AT RISK FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS IN COMPANY PRODUCTS
February 8, 2007
Electronics, cosmetics, and pesticide manufacturers are among the many companies that could face loss of market share and access to major markets due to “toxic lockouts” according to a new report just issued by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc.
INVESTORS SHOW UNPRECEDENTED CONCERN REGARDING FINANCIAL RISKS FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PRODUCTS
May 4, 2006
The number and variety of shareholder resolutions at corporate annual meetings this spring demonstrates an unprecedented level of investor engagement and concern regarding the financial risks to share value posed by toxic chemicals in products.
IEHN PUBLIC STATEMENT: FINANCIAL RISKS TO COMPANIES FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PRODUCTS
January 2, 2006
A call for support of environmental health shareholder resolutions
PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH, INCREASING PROFITS AND PROMOTING INNOVATION BY BENCHMARKING CORPORATE GOVERNANCE OF CHEMICALS
February 10, 2005
A new report released today by The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and published in the journal Corporate Environmental Strategy provides investors and senior corporate executives with a new tool for measuring corporate progress in producing safer consumer products.