Want to win a sustainability award? Fund climate change.

24 January 2014 Last year it was ANZ being named “best in class” in the Dow Jones Sustainably Index’s banking sector. Then, overnight, Westpac claimed the title of the “world’s most sustainable firm” at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It’s hard to know where to look for answers to … Read More

ANZ customers divest around Australia!

14 December 2013 One hundred ANZ customers have closed their accounts in activities across Australia, protesting the bank’s role as the country’s leading lender to the fossil fuel industry. In Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Hobart and Brisbane, customers lined up outside the banks wearing t-shirts saying “ANZ chose fossil … Read More

Earth to Westpac: DIVEST!

13 December 2013 This is how to deliver an important letter! Westpac shareholders and staff at their annual general meeting in Melbourne were met with two huge banners, carrying the names of over three thousand people who have signed our open letter, calling on the bank to end fossil fuel … Read More

Lucie’s Commonwealth divestment story

7 December 2013 Back in the autumn of 2013 I got interested in the idea of investment as a way to combat climate change and in August I decided to start my action with my bank: the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. I began by contacting CBA to outline my concerns … Read More

One hundred customers abandon Commonwealth Bank in fossil fuel protests

One hundred customers abandon Commonwealth Bank in fossil fuel protests 2 November 2013, Melbourne / Sydney / Brisbane / Perth, 2nd November 2013 Over one hundred Commonwealth Bank customers have publicly closed their accounts in protest of the bank’s role as a major lender to the fossil fuel industry. Activities … Read More

Coal and gas concerns could shift $247 billion in super funds

Melbourne / Canberra, 11 March 2013 Polling has revealed that a quarter of superannuation fund members – representing $247 billion in pooled funds – would be prepared to move change superannuation funds if their current provider is found to be invested in coal and coal seam gas. The poll, conducted … Read More