- Investors at Citigroup, Inc C and Bank of America Corporation BAC hardly backed proposals, essentially asking the banks to stop financing new fossil fuel supplies, Reuters reports.
- Wells Fargo & Company WFC investors followed suit with a similar proposal.
- An expert saw the results reflect the current instability in energy markets and activists’ challenge in persuading significant mutual funds to support their causes.
- Representatives for top fund managers BlackRock Inc BLK and Vanguard Group declined to say how they voted on the measures, which the banks opposed.
- One of the proposal sponsors' said rising oil prices might have spooked the big firms.
- The investors peppered bank directors and executives with questions on social and environmental policies.
- The questions reflected firmly held views by environmental and humanitarian activists, calling on banks to expand pro-environmental commitments and examine racial equity among employees, and Republican-leaning viewpoints, critical of Wall Street’s embrace of environmental and social concerns.
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