BOSTON, March 20 ExxonMobil Corp will
report on how it views the risks climate change could pose to
the value of its assets, shareholder activists said on Thursday.
The company agreed to publish a report on areas like how it
assesses the risk of "stranded assets" like lower values for its
oil or coal reserves if prices fall, the activists said. In
return they agreed to withdraw a proposed shareholder resolution
calling for such a report at Exxon's upcoming annual meeting.
An Exxon spokesman did not immediately return messages.
Activists including the As You Sow foundation and Arjuna
Capital had brought the resolution, similar to those pending at
other energy firms including Chevron Corp and Anadarko
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Danielle Fugere, president of Oakland-based As You Sow, said
that Exxon's move sets a standard other companies could follow.
"That the largest American oil and gas company is the first to
come to the table on this issue says a lot about the direction
that energy markets are taking," Fugere said in a statement.
The resolution filed at Exxon cited studies suggesting that
lower-than-expected demand or prices for fossil fuels might
emerge in coming years, and noted possible responses to climate
change like carbon regulation or market forces.
"Without additional disclosure, shareholders are unable to
determine whether Exxon Mobil is adequately managing these risks
or seizing related opportunities," the resolution stated.
(Reporting by Ross Kerber; Editing by Stephen Powell)