For the past 8 months, we’ve been calling on ACC, one of our biggest public funds in Aotearoa to stop investing our public money in coal, oil, and gas companies. Read more about this campaign here.
The government has responded to our campaign, with the Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson directing ACC to “accelerate its moves to divest from investments in fossil fuels”, in its annual letter of expectation to the ACC board.
While this is a moment to celebrate, our work isn’t over yet. ACC has remained quiet on this direction from the government, so it’s up to us to keep ACC’s investment in fossil fuels in the spotlight and push for ACC to implement a robust divestment policy in a transparent and timely manner.
Will you join us to keep the heat on ACC and tell them to divest from all coal, oil, and gas companies by the end of 2021?
👇 Ways to increase the pressure 👇
Let’s take our pressure to Twitter
Right now, ACC is working on its draft divestment plan to send to the government for feedback by the 30th April. This means we have a window of opportunity to influence ACC’s plan and ensure it commits to divest from fossil fuels in a robust, transparent and timely manner. Join us in sending ACC a clear message that its fossil fuel divestment policy must be publicly available, exclude investments in any coal, oil, or gas company, and be implemented by the end of 2021.
Tap or click to tweet one of these sample tweets – or write your own! Remember to use #ACCGoFossilFree
Want to make sure your message is heard? Tweet several times – every tweet shared helps increase the pressure!
Don’t have Twitter?
Send ACC’s Board Chair a letter or email
Step 1: Address your message
Dame Paula Rebstock, Chairperson Accident Compensation Corporation Justice Centre 19 Aitken Street, PO Box 242, Wellington 6140
or email ACC and address it to Dame Paula Rebstock, Chairperson
The board is ultimately responsible for strategic oversight, managing risk and ensuring that ACC meets its requirements and obligations as a crown financial institution.
The board chair of ACC is also the person to whom the Minister of Finance addresses their annual Letter of Expectations. It was in this letter that Grant Robertson directed ACC to divest from fossil fuels.
Step 2: Include an address that ACC can respond to
Writing letters is all about engaging in dialogue. Ideally include a return address or email that ACC can reply to with its response to your letter.
Step 3: Write an impactful, engaging message
– Make it personal (Why is ACC going fossil free important to you? What does climate justice mean to you?). – Ensure the tone is polite and respectful – we want to engage constructively with ACC, and your message is more likely to be passed on if it is respectful.
Key messages to include:
– I was pleased to see that our government has directed ACC to divest from fossil fuels and am now looking forward to hearing from you as to how and by when you are planning to fulfil this direction. It’s time for to commit to divest from fossil fuels in a robust, transparent and timely manner.
– Our public funds must be invested in public good. I urge ACC to put our communities and environment first and use our public funds to build a healthier future for all of us.
– Our community has built the social license and momentum that has pushed our government to direct ACC to divest. The direction from our government echoes the widespread public support for ACC to divest from fossil fuels.
– I urge you to ensure that ACC commits to divest in a timely, robust and transparent manner:
Robust – any company involved in the extraction, production and refining of coal, oil, and gas
Transparent – ACC must communicate the process & implementation of its fossil fuel divestment policy
Timely – ACC must announce its commitment to divest from fossil fuels by the end of 2021