Media release: Commbank confirms coal exit

Chairperson Catherine Livingstone will use today’s AGM to confirm Commonwealth Bank’s exit from investment in coal. In a statement submitted to the ASX and soon to be delivered at the AGM, Ms Livingstone says “our coal funding is comparatively small and has been trending down for some time. We expect … Read More

Media Release: Climate change spurs Medibank fossil fuel divestment

Monday 13 November, 2017: Medibank’s announcement it will divest tens of millions of dollars from fossil fuels due to the ‘health effects of climate change’ has been welcomed by environmental finance group Market Forces. The decision came today in an ASX statement in advance of the health insurer’s Melbourne AGM, … Read More

Media Release: Shareholders move to force Commbank to manage climate risk

28 August 2017 Shareholders have lodged a first-of-its-kind resolution with Commonwealth Bank that would embed climate change risk management into its constitution. It comes a month after shareholders began court proceedings against the bank over its failure to consider climate change as a material business risk. The resolution, coordinated by … Read More

Media release: Origin Energy faces three shareholder resolutions

23 August 2017 Coordinated by environmental finance group Market Forces, shareholders in Origin Energy have filed a series of resolutions with the oil and gas major. View ASX announcement. The three resolutions, to be heard at Origin’s October AGM, call for greater disclosure of climate risks, the development of a … Read More

Media release: Commbank’s refusal to finance Adani coal mine

Commonwealth Bank’s confirmation that it will not be involved in financing the Carmichael coal mine leaves Adani in the highly improbable position of financing a major Australian project without the support of one of the “big four” banks. “It’s desperate measures now for Adani”, said Market Forces executive director Julien … Read More

Media Release: Australia desperately needs climate risk disclosure recommendations

  29 June 2017 Reacting to the release of the Financial Stability Board’s final recommendations from its Task Force on Climate Change-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Market Forces Analyst Daniel Gocher said: “These recommendations are sorely needed in Australia, which was recently rated by S&P as being one of the highest carbon-exposed markets in … Read More