Climate Change Showdown: Church Commissioners for England vs. ExxonMobil

Edward Mason describes why the Church Commissioners for England took on Exxon Mobil to improve its climate change transparency.

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Do you ever find yourself imagining that the forces behind Big Oil are unstoppable, that little can be done to counter climate change? Edward Mason describes why the Church Commissioners for England, who took on Exxon in a multi-year effort to improve its climate change transparency and disclosure policies, should change that view. Learn how the Commissioners built on their early engagement successes with companies like BP and Royal Dutch Shell to help them coalesce international investor interests to ultimately confront Exxon.


Recording date: 02 Mar 2018


Edward Mason

Edward Mason is Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England, ensuring that they implement their ethical and responsible investment commitments. He took up his position in August 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG), advising the Commissioners and other national investing bodies of the church on ethical investment. Prior to working at the Church of England, Edward served for 15 years as a British diplomat, leaving in 2005 to help establish the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat. He holds a degree in History from Oxford University.