Paris climate goals not on the menu at Treasury Wines

18 October 2018 Wildfires tore through the Napa Valley in October 2017, devastating the Californian wine industry. As the hills went up in flames, the estates owned and operated by Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) miraculously survived with only minor damage. The fires, widely linked to climate change, were a focus … Read More

Orora yet to fully unpack climate change risk

16 October 2018 Even if you’ve never heard of Orora, you’ve probably come across the company before. You might have used their packaging when drinking beer or a bottle of wine – they’re a large packaging company that produce glass bottles, aluminum cans, and other packaging equipment. They’re also one … Read More

Climate risk disclosure: Transurban still in the slow lane

“…we don’t consider it [climate change] to be one of the significant business risks or financial risks for Transurban” Marcus Laithwaite, auditor   11 October 2018 You might not have heard of the company, but chances are you’ve driven on one of their roads.  Transurban operates major tollways in Australia … Read More

Magellan can’t see risks to its own business

Magellan Financial Group’s (MFG) deputy investment officer Dominico Giuliano recently made statements in the media about the need for accurate climate risk disclosure. At its annual general meeting (AGM) today, however, the company seemed to think that climate change risks didn’t apply to them Serious oversight Earlier this year, Giulano publicly scolded some … Read More

Meeting Paris Agreement goals is not a matter for ASX board

4 October 2018  With its high proportion of coal and gas producers, the ASX All Australian 50 index has been rated the most exposed market to potential stranded [fossil fuel] assets. These are coal, oil and gas reserves that cannot be burnt if we want to stay well below two degrees … Read More

Highlights of our shareholder action work in 2018

Market Forces is working hard to get climate change on the agenda of Australia’s biggest companies. As part of this work we help shareholders and their proxies attend the annual general meetings (AGMs) of fossil fuel companies and their financial backers. This allows them to directly challenge board members on … Read More

AGL reaffirms closing Liddell coal-fired power station by 2022

26 September 2018 Today energy giant AGL faced angry community representatives and shareholders at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne. Most of question time was taken up by the Western Port community voicing their concerns over Crib Point, with the board becoming visibly frustrated at having to engage with the … Read More

Suncorp continues to divest from fossil fuels

20 September 2018 Today Suncorp demonstrated it has climate change firmly on its agenda and confirmed it continues to divest from fossil fuels. The company is one of Australia’s largest insurance providers, a sector recognised as highly exposed to the physical risks posed by climate change, such as weather-related catastrophes. Earlier this year, … Read More

Whitehaven Coal told: get aligned with 2 degrees!

13 August 2018 A shareholder resolution has been lodged with Whitehaven Coal, calling on the company to disclose the risks it faces from climate change and align its strategy with a scenario that holds global warming to less than two degrees. The resolution was signed by 106 shareholders and coordinated … Read More