Public policy provides the signals and incentives that direct the flow of capital across the global economy. Policymakers need to create policy frameworks that support investment in low-carbon assets, enable investment in adaptation measures, and enact a just transition for affected workers and communities. They also should ensure that investors take full account of the risks and opportunities presented by climate change in their decision-making.

Investors are a key influence on policymakers and, therefore, policy engagement by long-term investors is an important extension of these investors’ responsibilities and fiduciary duties to their beneficiaries.

The 2021 Global Investor Statement to Governments on the Climate Crisis opened for investors to support on 1st March 2021, and will close in advance of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place on 1st – 12th November 2021.

Please click here for the full list of signatories

Please email Emelia Holdaway, Co-Chair, Policy Working Group, The Investor Agenda at eholdaway@iigcc.org with any questions.

Recent Investor Agenda policy advocacy activity

In May 2020, the CEOs of The Investor Agenda Founding Partners issued a special statement setting out key recommendations for world governments to deliver a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that supports net-zero emissions investment. Following on from this, an investor statement to EU leaders on sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was issued in June 2020.

In March 2021, the CEOs of AIGCC, CDP and PRI called upon the Government of Japan to adopt robust and ambitious policy measures to increase investor confidence in mobilizing private capital towards the net-zero emissions energy transition.

In April 2021, CDP, Ceres and PRI issued a common letter to US policymakers setting out bold and effective action to address the Climate Crisis.

In June 2021, CDP, IGCC and PRI released a plan for Australia to adopt a mandatory financial disclosure for climate change risks over the next four years to help cut red tape for business and protect national economic stability.

In July, CDP, Ceres and PRI issued a common letter to US policymakers calling for a broader and bolder bipartisan federal infrastructure package that will better support the just and inclusive transition to a net zero emissions future.

In September, CDP, Ceres and PRI issued a common statement to US congress to pass large reconciliation package complete with ambitious climate investments.

In October, six of the founding members of the Investor Agenda issued a common letter to the Australian Treasurer and Reserve Bank of Australia Governor calling for the integration of TCFD-aligned disclosure requirements.

Key statements and calls to action

October 2021 – CDP, PRI and AIGCC Letter on Strategic Energy Plan to Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
October 2021 – CDP, PRI and AIGCC Letter on Mandatory Corporate Climate-related Disclosure to Commissioner of the Financial Services Agency of Japan
October 2021 – Letter to the Australian Treasurer and Reserve Bank of Australia Governor on international markets and TCFD-aligned disclosure requirements
September 2021 – CDP, Ceres and PRI Statement to US Congress on Budget Reconciliation Legislation
July 2021 – CDP, Ceres and PRI Letter to US Policymakers on Infrastructure
June 2021 – CDP, IGCC and PRI plan for mandatory TCFD-aligned disclosure in Australia
April 2021 – CDP, Ceres and PRI Letter to US Policymakers on Tackling the Climate Crisis
March 2021 – AIGCC, CDP and PRI Letter on the Strategic Energy Plan review to Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama of Japan
December 2020 – IIGCC, PRI and CDP CEOs Statement on high climate ambition in the EU’s 2030 target and sustainable recovery package
November 2020 – Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change, PRI and CDP CEOs call for US to rejoin Paris Agreement
May 2020 – Investor Statement to EU leaders on Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19
May 2020 – Investor Agenda CEOs’ Statement on a Sustainable Global Recovery from COVID-19
May 2020 – Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change, PRI and CDP CEOs’ Letter to President Moon Jae-in of South Korea
February 2020 – Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change, PRI and CDP CEO’s Letter to Prime Minister Abe of Japan