Shareholders fire a shot across NAB’s bow over climate failure

18 December 2019 After record levels of shareholder support for climate risk management resolutions at ANZ and Westpac, it was NAB’s turn today to face the music over its failure to adequately manage climate risk. Since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, NAB has continued to lend heavily to … Read More

ANZ grilled on climate inaction and secret coal plan

17 December 2019 Coal lending was on the agenda two weeks before ANZ’s annual shareholder meeting in Brisbane today, as revelations hit the news that ANZ had a secret plan to slash its thermal coal mining loans by 75% (representing more than $700 million) by 2024. The secrecy of the … Read More

Westpac: a laggard on climate change

12 December 2019 Westpac’s board knew they would be facing fired-up shareholders at today’s annual general meeting (AGM) but perhaps weren’t prepared to bear the weight of responsibility for the impacts on communities and customers fighting the climate crisis.  Amid its recent scandals, the board was forced to address the … Read More

NAB climate commitments too little, too late

15 November 2019 NAB’s sustainability report, released today, signaled an end to the bank’s involvement in thermal coal mining, but places its exit far later than what is needed to help meet the Paris Agreement climate goals. The commitment to be out of thermal coal by 2035 is five years … Read More

HSBC: don’t fund coal in Bangladesh

12 November 2019 In May 2018, HSBC put out a policy that ruled out funding new coal power plants in countries other than Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. Our new report, co-published last week with civil society organisations in Bangladesh, shows that if all the new projects were built, these plants … Read More

Bendigo Bank fails to back Paris Agreement for second year running

29 October 2019 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank enjoys a lot of kudos for being one of Australia’s medium-sized banks that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels. Thousands of Australians have moved to Bendigo Bank as a result of its position on our banks comparison table. But at the bank’s annual general … Read More

Getting out of coal can’t save CommBank scrutiny at its AGM

16 October 2019 In August, Commonwealth Bank took a major step forward when it committed to get out of thermal coal by 2030, a commitment that no other major bank has so far made. Today, shareholders showed their appreciation for this commitment, but quickly moved to hold the bank to … Read More