99% of Rio Tinto shareholders vote for Paris-aligned emission targets

6 May 2021 99% of Rio Tinto’s investors today voted in favour of a Market Forces-coordinated resolution calling for Paris-aligned emission reduction targets, on the back of a supporting statement which tears the company’s current targets to shreds. The vote came after Rio waved the white flag in the arguments … Read More

QBE’s do-nothing oil and gas policy critiqued at AGM

05 MAY 2021 Today’s QBE annual general meeting (AGM) saw a significant increase in the shareholder vote on a resolution calling for the insurer to set Paris-aligned oil and gas exposure targets, despite the company having attempted to placate investors with a lacklustre policy update in the interim. 21.4% of … Read More

10% of Oil Search shareholders call for fossil fuel wind up plan

30 April 2021 Almost a tenth of Oil Search’s investors today told the Australian stock exchange’s third largest undiversified oil and gas producer to wind up fossil fuel production and return capital to shareholders. The vote for the Market Forces-coordinated shareholder proposal follows votes of 19% and 13% for similar … Read More

13% of Santos shareholders demand oil and gas wind up plan

15 April 2021 At today’s Santos annual general meeting, 13% of the company’s shareholders voted against the company’s management and for a Market Forces-coordinated shareholder resolution calling on the company to wind up oil and gas production in line with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Speaking after the … Read More

Big banks snub local farmers concerned about Whitehaven Coal

12 April 2021 Whitehaven Coal is one of the biggest coal mining corporations on the Australian share market and some of the world’s biggest banks, including Westpac, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, played a key role in lending $1 billion to the company in 2020.  ANZ and Commonwealth Bank have … Read More

Tell your super fund: Vote for climate action

1 April 2021 Over the coming weeks, your super fund has a number of huge opportunities to demand real climate action from some of Australia’s biggest gas companies, as well as globally-significant fossil fuel financiers and developers. By investing your retirement savings in these companies, your super fund gets a … Read More

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