Wesfarmers: not ‘evolving’ quickly enough

11 November 2016 Best known as the parent company of Coles, K-mart, Target, Bunnings and Officeworks, Wesfarmers also owns two open cut coal mines: Curragh in Queensland (100% owned by Wesfarmers) and Bengalla in New South Wales (40% stake). Shareholders attending the Wesfarmers annual general meeting (AGM) asked why the company was … Read More

Beach Energy, unconventional and unsafe

10 November 2016 Beach Energy held its annual general meeting (AGM) in Adelaide today, where local campaigners for the protection of agricultural land questioned the efficacy of Beach Energy’s unconventional gas exploration in the Otway Basin. Beach Energy is Australia’s largest onshore oil producer, most active in the Cooper and … Read More

Pressure forces Medibank to consider divestment

10 November 2016 Shareholders and health professionals flooded Medibank with question about their fossil fuel investments and preparedness for climate change at their annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday in Melbourne, prompting the Chairwoman to commit to considering divesting the company from coal, oil and gas. Medibank understands the importance … Read More

CommBank faces backlash on fossil fuel lending

9 November 2016 In an unprecedented reaction against CommBank’s refusal to phase out their lending to coal, oil and gas projects, the bank’s Board was forced to endure extended questioning and a protest at their annual general meeting in Perth today. Many shareholders are obviously fed up and are demanding … Read More

Human rights are great but there’s money to make!

3 November 2016 Downer EDI provides engineering and mining infrastructure services to mining companies. In 2015 it was chosen as a contractor for Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. A coal mine that cannot go ahead if we are to give ourselves a chance of avoiding two … Read More

Whitehaven: A lot to hide this AGM

28 October 2016 Yesterday Whitehaven Coal held their Annual General Meeting in Sydney. They obviously had a lot to hide. While most AGMs are filmed and broadcast, Whitehaven decided to record only the audio, and cut off recording completely before question time. To bring you up to speed Whitehaven is the company that, … Read More

IAG: Leading On Climate But More To Be Done

22 October 2016 Exactly one year ago at their 2015 AGM, IAG’s executives seemed genuinely annoyed by questions related to climate change. This was despite the fact that natural disaster claims in 2014/15 were in excess of $1 billion. Clearly the steady increase in the cost of natural disaster claims … Read More

Origin Energy: the greenwash is strong in this one

19 October 2016 Origin Energy, one of the top three dirtiest power companies in Australia, held its annual general meeting today. The board dodged and weaved questions on fracking, fugitive emissions and 2C commitments, while hiding behind their measly renewable energy that currently makes up less than 5% of its electricity generation. … Read More