General Electric chooses to ignore clean energy transition

10 May 2019 Yesterday in New York at General Electric’s (GE) annual general meeting, (AGM) shareholders called out their CEO, H. Lawrence Culp Jr., for GE’s role in constructing new coal-fired power stations around the world, jeopardizing its own future viability as an energy company and that of our collective … Read More

QBE leaves door open to oil and gas phase out

Bush fire in Queensland

QBE Insurance faced a barrage of questions as well as a shareholder resolution calling for the company to set targets to phase out its exposure to all fossil fuels at its annual general meeting on 9 May 2019. Although QBE took a big step forward in March when it committed … Read More

Adelaide Brighton: not making concrete commitments to Paris

10 May 2019Australian cement manufacturer Adelaide Brighton’s CEO Nick Miller said today that there are opportunities to align his company’s emission reduction targets with the Paris climate accord, although made no commitments. His statement was in response to a shareholder at the company’s annual general meeting asking if Adelaide Brighton … Read More

Rio Tinto investors baulk at climate risk management

9 May 2019 The vast majority of Rio Tinto’s investors – which includes just about every super fund in Australia – today failed to ensure the company acts to manage down its exposure to climate change risk. A Market Forces-coordinated shareholder resolution was put to Rio Tinto’s annual general meeting … Read More

Caltex – out of line & out of time

Anyone watching the presentation on sustainability at Caltex annual general meeting (AGM) today would think the company, the petroleum brand of Chevron, is earnest about tackling emissions. Chairman Steven Gregg insisted that Caltex is acting in line with the Paris Agreement and taking our global climate emergency seriously. However, a … Read More

AMP Chairman: “My opinions about climate change are irrelevant”

Ms Coral Bleach at AMP's 2019 AGM in Sydney

2 May 2019 Last year, AMP appointed this man as its new Chairman: With a history of climate-sceptic comments like this, it’s unsurprising that Murray was challenged over his views on climate change at AMP’s annual general meeting in Sydney today. He was given every opportunity to redeem himself when … Read More

Santos challenged over its plans to frack the Northern Territory

Santos AGM 2019 protest

2 May 2019 Shareholders and board members arriving at Santos’ annual general meeting (AGM) in Adelaide this morning were greeted by a large crowd highlighting Santos’ flagrant disregard for Indigenous land rights and a safe climate. The company plans to open up thousands of square kilometres of the Northern Territory … Read More

Op-ed: Investors must reject climate denial on boards, starting with AMP

Market Forces in the media Will van de Pol, Renew Economy 30 April 2019 Climate change is already dominating the federal election campaign, as Messrs Morrison and Shorten dodge and weave protesters, aghast that either major party’s policy could still allow for massive new coal mines like Adani’s Carmichael project. … Read More