Decision details

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Referral to Executive via motion at 19 December 2022 Council





(1)          That the Local Government context for the application of ESG principles and how the Council will respond to the motion relating to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles be noted.


(2)          That,  in response to proposal 1, “Holding transparent annual audits of all our investments to be measured against ESG principles which will be published alongside the annual accounts”, officers be requested to update the Executive on ESG audit requirements following the outcome of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and subsequent CIPFA requirements.


(3)          That, in response to proposal 2, “To divest as soon as practicable from any investment that runs contrary to ESG principles and any other standards set by the council, particularly with respect to any funds connected with fossil fuels, unfair labour practices or exploitation of workers”,  it be agreed to agree to continue to comply with the current Council approved Capital and Investment and Treasury Management Strategies until such time as there is more information available about defining ESG principles within a Capital and Investment or Treasury Management Strategy.


(4)          That in response to proposal 3, “To urge the Oxfordshire Pension Fund to further divest from fossil fuel investments at the earliest opportunity with a firm timetable for complete divestment from such funds by 2030”, it be agreed that the Leader initially write to the Pension Fund to understand how the pension fund invests in its assets and then act appropriately based on the information received. 


Reason No Public Access: No

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Contact: Michael Furness, Assistant Director Finance & S151 Officer Email: Tel: 01295 221845.

Report author: Michael Furness

Publication date: 04/04/2023

Date of decision: 03/04/2023

Decided at meeting: 03/04/2023 - Executive

Effective from: 12/04/2023

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