NOTICE OF EXEMPT SOLICITATION
NAME OF THE REGISTRANT:
Exxon Mobil Corporation
NAME OF PERSON RELYING ON EXEMPTION:
New York State Common Retirement Fund
ADDRESS OF PERSON RELYING ON EXEMPTION:
Office of the New York State Comptroller
Division of Legal Services
110 State Street, 14th Floor
Albany, NY 12236
Press release issued by the Office of the New York State Comptroller on
April 25, 2017 entitled "Exxon's Investors Call for Meaningful Climate Risk Plan."
From the Office of the New York State Comptroller
Thomas P. DiNapoli
Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015
April 25, 2017
Exxon's Investors Call for Meaningful Climate Risk Plan
Company's Failure to Address Goals of Paris Agreement Puts Company and its
Shareholders at Risk
Investors led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, as trustee of the
New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund), and the Church of England, are calling
on ExxonMobil to explain how its business will be impacted by global efforts to
mitigate climate change.
"ExxonMobil has said it supports the Paris Agreement, but those are empty words
unless the company backs them up with action," DiNapoli said. "Exxon's business is
extremely vulnerable to changes in climate regulation and consumer demand. Unlike
its peers that have agreed to analyze how the effort to limit global warming impacts
their portfolio and share those results with investors, Exxon refuses to account for
the goals of the Paris Agreement. Irrespective of the current administration's stance
on climate change, countries around the world are moving ahead with policies that
will limit greenhouse gas emissions and will likely impact the market for ExxonMobil's
products. ExxonMobil puts itself and its long-term investors at risk by failing to
acknowledge this reality."
"Last year this shareholder proposal received 38% support and it is extremely
disappointing that Exxon has still not committed to provide the 2 degree scenario
analysis that investors expect from the oil and gas majors," said Edward Mason, Head
of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners. "We are delighted that the
resolution is garnering even greater support than last year."
The Paris Agreement's 2 degree target, to restrict global temperatures to no more
than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, creates a scenario of carbon
emission restrictions and lower demand for fossil fuels. The company's assessment
of any impact those changes may have on the value of its oil and gas reserves and
resources, and its plans for adjusting to those changes, are vital information for
ExxonMobil management and investors. The shareholder proposal filed by DiNapoli asks
Exxon to prepare and publish an annual assessment of the impact of the 2 degree
scenario on its resources through 2040 and beyond.
Several of Exxon's peer companies, including BP, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell
and Total, have already endorsed the 2 degree scenario analysis. Major asset managers
such as BlackRock and State Street Global Advisors have called for improved climate
Although Exxon has acknowledged that demand for its products could drop and that its
own projects could be delayed because of existing regulatory frameworks and others
that are under consideration, it has yet to provide adequate analysis of the impact
of the 2 degree target on its resources to investors and the marketplace.
This is the second consecutive year that the Fund and the Church of England have
co-filed the proposal along with dozens of other investors, including the New York
City Retirement Systems, CalPERS and other U.S. and European investors. A list of
co-filers is available here.
Last year, ExxonMobil sought to block the proposal from consideration at its annual
meeting, a request that was denied by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The proposal did not pass, but it received a record vote for a climate change
resolution at ExxonMobil.
About the New York State Common Retirement Fund
The New York State Common Retirement Fund is the third largest public pension fund
in the United States, with an estimated $186 billion in assets under management as
of December 31, 2016. The Fund holds and invests the assets of the New York State
and Local Retirement System on behalf of more than one million state and local
government employees and retirees and their beneficiaries. The Fund has a
diversified portfolio of public and private equities, fixed income, real estate
and alternative instruments.
About the Church Commissioners for England
The Church of England's investment fund, the Church Commissioners for England,
manages a fund of some 7 billion British Pounds, held in a diversified portfolio
including equities, real estate and alternative investment strategies. The
Commissioners' work supports the Church of England as a Christian presence in every
community in England.
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