Fossil Divestment and Engagement

Full pump in front of stunning sceneryMany investors are acutely aware of the risks from global warming, including sea-level rise, storm surges, droughts, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme weather events.  Consequently, many ethical and sustainably-orientated investors have focused on reduction in industrial carbon emissions among other measures to hasten progress to a carbon-neutral economy. Fossil divestment is one approach, although some investors argue that engagement with fossil companies is more effective in promoting essential change.

This article outlines divestment and explores what engagement with fossil firms should involve, suggesting limits to the of time spent talking with companies if there are no meaningful signs of progress.

Q G Rayer (2019), Fossil divestment and engagement, DISCUS, available at, 4 pages, 2 May 2019.

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Dr Quintin Rayer

About Dr Quintin Rayer

Quintin is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, a Chartered Wealth Manager and holds a Physics degree from Imperial College London and a Physics doctorate in atmospheric physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.