ANZ held to account for climate inaction at AGM

16 December 2020 Following the release of a lacklustre update to its climate policy in October, today’s ANZ annual general meeting (AGM) saw the bank’s board held to account for the gap between rhetoric and action on climate change. However, perhaps the bank wasn’t as prepared to bear the weight … Read More

Westpac 2020 AGM: funding climate failure is the ‘sweet spot’

11 December 2020 Westpac’s board knew they would be facing tough questions from shareholders at today’s annual general meeting (AGM) given the banks’ continued funding for Australia’s most climate-destructive companies, including Whitehaven Coal and Santos. The bank’s updated climate policy, released in May, was a step forward as it pledged … Read More

Mineral Resources pursues pathway out of line with 1.5°C

The Mineral Resource board made it clear at yesterday’s annual general meeting (AGM) that they would continue to pursue dirty oil and gas development despite their peer Fortescue Metals announcing a major move into renewable energy and green hydrogen.  Mineral Resources is a  lithium and iron ore mining company with … 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

Do you pay more tax than the big fossil fuel companies?

For all the environmental and climate destruction wrought by the fossil fuel industry here in Australia and globally, you’d think there must be a significant payback through taxes, right? Well, sadly, there are ways for massive fossil fuel companies to minimise their tax bills in Australia, and these companies are … Read More

Senex: company statements on the Paris Agreement are hollow

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18 November 2019 Senex, an Australian oil and gas company, states in its annual report that the company “recognises and accepts the science of climate change and fully supports the objectives of limiting global temperate rise as agreed by governments in the 2015 Paris Agreement.”  It seems, however, from the … Read More

FAR not modelling climate transition risks to business

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Market Forces has named FAR as one of the 21 companies that investors should immediately divest from. Why? Because the company has had more than three years to show it can transition to be in line with the Paris Agreement. It has not only failed at this but is also … 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