Aurecon attempts to spin its way off the Adani List

18 March 2019 Aurecon, a major consultancy working for Adani’s Abbot Point coal port, is taking Orwellian corporate spin to a new level by telling university students and its own staff it is not working on the disastrous Adani Carmichael project. It justifies this line by conveniently re-defining the project … Read More

Shareholders pressure QBE to end fossil fuel support

Market Forces campaigner Pablo at QBE's Sydney headquarters about to lodge shareholder resolution 2019

Today, shareholders coordinated by Market Forces together with the $2.85 billion investment manager Australian Ethical, lodged a resolution calling on QBE Insurance to set targets that reduce its investment in and underwriting of coal, oil and gas companies, in line with keeping global warming below 1.5C. This move comes off … Read More

QBE‘s climate credibility up in smoke

Electricity Pylons and smoke stacks

25 February 2019 QBE’s 2018 annual report, released today, disappointingly reveals the insurer will be doing absolutely nothing about its support for dirty fossil fuels for at least two more years – shredding any credibility the company had left when it comes to managing climate risk. This is despite its … Read More

QBE targeted over fossil fuel support as Australia burns

QBE Billboard in Sydney by Market Forces

4 February 2019 As Australians suffer under record-breaking extreme temperatures, bushfires and floods, Market Forces has launched an outdoor advertising campaign demanding Australia’s major global insurance company end its support for the fossil fuel companies driving global warming. Thanks to donations from Market Forces supporters, the billboard on the City … Read More

Our Future: clean energy a test for banks’ rehabilitation

Today’s release of the Royal Commission’s report into the financial services industry will chronicle the recent misconduct of the major banks and plot a course for how the industry can restore some integrity. It’s going to be a long road back, but one opportunity for redemption comes in the role banks can play reshaping our energy landscape. 

Friends in high places: fossil fuel political donations

February 2019 Every year, Australian governments and their departments spend billions of dollars of your money to help more coal, gas and oil to be extracted and burned. Favourable decisions include: Meanwhile, drought and extreme temperatures are fast becoming the new normal and annual carbon emissions were up by 0.6% … Read More

Is your super paying for Adani’s coal mine?

Is your super invested in adani

A search of Australian Super’s investments has shockingly revealed that it holds $9 million worth of shares in Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd – one of the Adani group of companies. This is the same Adani that has been fighting tooth and nail to get the disastrous Carmichael … Read More

Standard Chartered tries to have it both ways on coal

Vietnam coal power plant

Op-ed by Julien Vincent, executive director Market Forces Published in Asia Times, 21 January 2019 While 2018 climate-change news was dominated by President Donald Trump’s announcement of the United States’ intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it was also a year when the financial sector continued its inexorable march … Read More

Incitec Pivot: 4°C warming = selling more fertiliser

December 2018 Incitec Pivot is an Australian multinational corporation that manufactures fertiliser, explosives, chemicals, and delivers mining services. At its annual general meeting yesterday, chairman Paul Brasher was asked if the board support the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Brasher refused to take a stance saying: “Our position is … Read More