This post, written by Seth Jaffe, a Partner in firm’s Environmental practice, was originally posted on the firm’s Law and the Environment blog.
BlackRock, which manages more than $5 trillion in assets, has released a statement on how it “engages with climate risk.” The statement has three main elements.
- Support for the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures
- Engagement with companies over assessment on climate risks
- An indication of potential support for shareholder resolutions on climate risk, where such resolutions “address a gap in investment-decision and stewardship”, and “management’s response to our prior engagement has been inadequate.”
The statement emphasizes BlackRock’s long-term approach to investing, which is the source of the best line in the statement. In summarizing letters from BlackRock’s CEO, Larry Fink, to CEOs, BlackRock notes that:
While we are patient investors, we are not infinitely patient.
I’m picturing James Earl Jones as Darth Vader saying that. I wonder what energy executives are hearing.