The Travelers Companies, Inc. (Co.) | Disclose and reduce GHG emissions from underwriting, insuring, and investment activities aligned with Net Zero.

Previous AGM date
Resolution details
Company ticker
Lead filer
Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Environment
ESG sub-theme
  • Fossil fuel financing
  • GHG targets / emissions
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Travelers measure and disclose the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its underwriting and insuring activities in high-carbon sectors, including oil and gas.
Whereas clause
WHEREAS: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that immediate and significant emissions reductions are required of all market sectors to stave off the worst consequences of climate change.[1] Achieving global 1.5oC climate goals Òwill only be possible if we replace, at scale, the global economyÕs productive asset base with non-emissive technologies.Ó[2]

The insurance industry is suffering from climate impacts. As global temperatures increase, annual insured losses from natural catastrophes routinely approach $100 billion in the U.S., compared to $4.6 billion in 2000.[3] The Travelers Companies is not exempt, it experienced an increase in pre-tax catastrophe losses over recent years, from $886 million in 2019[4] to $1.88 billion in 2022.[5] Travelers acknowledges that high catastrophe losses Òcould materially and adversely affectÉ our financial positionÉ.Ó[6]

While Travelers has developed coal and tar sands policies limiting underwriting and investing in those segments,[7] it has not made a similar commitment in other climate-critical business segments such as oil and gas. The International Energy AgencyÕs Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap notes that fossil fuel use must fall drastically to meet a Net?Zero Emissions Scenario, and that no new oil and natural gas fields are required beyond those already approved for development.[8] Insurance companies can thus align with the global Net Zero goal by insuring only existing oil and gas fields, a limitation similar to TravelersÕ coal power plant policy,[9] and by reducing investments in high carbon companies, particularly oil and gas companies investing in finding and developing new fields.

Rather than align its insuring, underwriting, and investing activities with the global Paris goal, however, Travelers amplifies its greenhouse emissions by continuing to invest in and insure high carbon activities. Of the 16 largest U.S. property and casualty insurers, Travelers is the fourth largest investor in fossil fuel- related assets, with $4.7 billion invested as of 2019.[10] In a survey of 30 global insurersÕ climate actions, including oil and gas- related activities, Travelers ranks in the lowest scoring category.[11]

Travelers is falling behind peers in addressing climate change, and the first step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is measuring them. AIG[12] and The Hartford[13] have set net zero goals for their insured and financed emissions, as have several European re-insurers including Swiss Re.[14] Swiss Re currently discloses its insurance-associated emissions.[15] Aviva this year plans to disclose and set 2030 targets for its insured emissions.

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