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MRTI shares first round of General Assembly environmental compliance scores

The Presbyterian Church’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment has completed its first round of scoring corporations’ environmental records, finding some are making progress and others are at risk of potential divestment recommendations. 

Board of Pensions is now an investor signatory of Climate Action 100+

The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) announced Wednesay that it is now an investor signatory of Climate Action 100+. The Board joins the church committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) as one of more than 320 investor signatories from dozens of countries that manage assets totaling more than $33 trillion.

Investment group meets Detroit residents living in refinery’s toxic shadow

The siren went off at 3 a.m. Oct. 29. “Anytime you hear the siren, that means there could be an explosion at the refinery,” said Emma Lockridge, whose home is just a few blocks away from the Marathon Petroleum refinery in Southwest Detroit. So, she called Marathon and asked what was going on. “Nothing,” was the reply, though she looked out of her window and saw, “red, billowing smoke.” Lockridge decided to jump into her car and document the event on video, bursts of fire and smoke flaring onto the screen.

Exxon shareholder actions escalate fight for climate accountability

MRTI calls for votes against oil giant after it blocks shareholder proposal By Rich Copley | Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment has joined an effort to vote against the board of directors of Exxon Mobil because of the company’s negative response to efforts… Read more »

Talking race and the environment

To hurt the Earth is to hurt the poor, Gordon Aeschliman wrote in “The Green Bible: Understanding the Bible’s Powerful Message for the Earth.” He added: “It shouldn’t be surprising that creation and justice are inextricably linked” and that to keep the garden, as humans are told to do in Genesis 2, is the same notion as the Numbers 6:24 blessing: The Lord bless you and keep you.

A fact-finding launch

Last week during their first day engaging communities in South Louisiana that were hit hard by natural and human-caused environmental disasters, members of the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee took a bayou boat ride courtesy of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe.

Engaging the community rather than the corporation

Members of the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) spend much of their time engaging corporations with whom the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian Foundation has about $12 billion invested. Its shareholder engagement process seeks to get companies to comply with General Assembly corporate criteria on environmental responsibility, peace, justice for people of color and for women, and other directives.

MRTI begins next season of engagement with new guidelines

As the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI) gathered here for its first meeting since General Assembly in June, MRTI Vice Chair Kerri Allen opened with a womanist theological reflection on 2 Samuel, exploring the story from the perspective of Rizpah, a concubine of the late Saul.

Both sides on fossil fuel divestment issue look ahead post-GA223

For hours, Fossil Free PCUSA representatives lay scattered across the floor outside of the convention hall at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis last week. The “die-in” was in response to the commissioners’ decision to accept a minority report asking the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) to continue its engagement with fossil fuel companies.