What is divestment?
Divestment is removing money from stocks, bonds, or investment funds that do not align with the investor's values, whether they be environmental, social, or financial. The fossil fuel divestment movement began in 2011 when environmental journalist Bill McKibben’s organization 350.org made a call for universities to divest from the fossil fuel industry. In the years since 2011, the divestment movement has spread internationally. Over 848 funds from 76 different countries have made a partial or complete pledge to divest, accounting for more than $6.09 trillion in value for divested funds as of May 2018.