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So far Mark van Baal has created 36 blog entries.

Money managers: the new warriors of climate change

December 28th, 2018|

Financial Times

When an activist shareholder group last year launched a campaign to force Royal Dutch Shell to set hard targets for cutting carbon emissions, just 6 per cent of those eligible to vote backed the plan.

Yet within months Shell had announced an “ambition” to halve its carbon footprint by 2050, […]

Follow This files fifth climate resolution at Equinor

December 21st, 2018|

Five oil majors face same climate resolutions at AGMs in 2019

Follow This has filed a climate resolution for Norwegian oil major Equinor (formerly Statoil). The resolution is identical to resolutions already filed for BP and Shell, and similar to resolutions for ExxonMobil and Chevron, which Follow This has co-filed. All […]

How can investors support oil majors to commit to Paris?

January 19th, 2018|

Saker Nusseibeh (CEO Hermes Investment Management), Narina Mnatsakanian (Kempen Capital Management), Jeremy Leggett (SolarAid), Catherine Howarth (ShareAction), Ben Pimcombe (PRI), Mark Lewis (TCFD),  Adam Matthews (Church of England), and Mark van Baal (Follow This) will discuss shareholder engagement and shareholder resolutions in the oil industry.

Central question: How […]

New Follow This resolution test case for Shell’s new course

December 22nd, 2017|


  • Follow This files new shareholder resolution (attached)
  • We anticipate support of Shell and its shareholders for this resolution, for the following reasons:
    1. Shell changed course in response to the previous resolution
    2. Follow This has solved all practical objections to the previous resolution (see paragraph “changes” of the […]

Follow This in Late Night Show Pauw

October 16th, 2017|

Pauw | 16 October 2017
Mark van Baal and Follow This supporter Jort Kelder are guests in the leading Dutch late-night talk show.

Follow This at Shell AGM in News at Ten

October 16th, 2017|

NOS Journaal | 16 October 2017
Item about Follow This in the NOS Journaal, the national Dutch news program of public broadcasting company NOS.

62 % shareholders: ExxonMobil, report on climate change

May 31st, 2017|

“first step towards taking action”

31 May 2017 – At the ExxonMobil AGM 62 % of the shareholders voted in favour of a resolution asking the oil company to report on the consequences of climate change for its way of doing business (*). The board of directors […]

Shareholders encourage Shell to take green turn

May 23rd, 2017|

“Are we the last generation shareholders?” asked Mark van Baal at the beginning of his speech.

Today 6.2 percent (representing 6.3 billion euros) of the shareholders voted for the green Shell resolution of Follow This. This resolution asks Shell to commit to the Paris climate agreement. In comparison […]

Jeremy Leggett becomes an ambassador of Follow This

May 17th, 2017|

Follow This is proud to announce that Jeremy Leggett, entrepreneur, writer, and chair of SolarAid, will be its ambassador to the UK. “Jeremy left a lucrative career in the oil industry to become a renewable energy visionary,” says Mark van Baal, “and should therefore be an example for Shell.”

“It’s time […]

Responsible Investor: support builds for climate proposal at Shell

May 17th, 2017|

Some leading investors are already backing Follow This resolution, uncovers Responsible Investor, a global news service for institutional investor.

Summary, read the complete story here

A shareholder resolution calling on Royal Dutch Shell to set greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, promoted by the NGO Follow This, has seen growing […]