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Investors overseeing $14T call for vote on company climate plans

Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe’s biggest coal-fired power plant, in this May 7, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Peter AndrewsScores of investors call for firms to set a net zero planWant to know which directors are responsible for itAlso seek an advisory vote on the planLONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Investors managing…

Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe’s biggest coal-fired power plant, in this May 7, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

  • Scores of investors call for firms to set a net zero plan
  • Want to know which directors are responsible for it
  • Also seek an advisory vote on the plan

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Investors managing $14 trillion in assets on Friday said they wanted all companies to set a climate transition plan and allow them to vote on it, ahead of next year’s season for annual general meetings.

The 53 investors, including UBS Asset Management, DWS and Legal & General Investment Management, said they were setting new expectations for companies as more firms publish plans to transition to a low-carbon economy.

Currently, around a fifth of the world’s 2,000 largest companies have done so, the investors said.

Ahead of next round of climate talks in Scotland in November, countries the world over are committing to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century in an attempt to stop catastrophic climate change.

The investor group’s statement, through the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, calls for all companies to produce a net-zero transition plan in line with the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures reporting framework.

In addition, companies need to identify which board directors, in addition to the chair, would lead the efforts and be the focal point for engagement by investors, and who would be voted against if the plan was considered inadequate.

The investors also said, where applicable with local law, they wanted companies to provide an advisory vote on the plan’s implementation, Failing that, investors could look to express their opinion by v

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