Gas major Santos shows why it doesn’t deserve investment

3 April 2020 At its annual general meeting today, one of Australia’s biggest gas companies, Santos, proved it has no future in the clean, green economy we need to rapidly transition to. At the AGM, Santos fought tooth and nail against a shareholder proposal calling on the company to align … Read More

QBE faces shareholder resolution on oil and gas support

5 March 2020 Shareholders coordinated by Market Forces together with the $4bn investment manager Australian Ethical have co-filed a resolution calling for the global insurer to align underwriting (insurance) and investment activities with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees. QBE has confirmed to the ASX this morning that the resolution … Read More

13 fossil fuel companies named in climate risk complaint

An offshore oil rig

2 March 2020 Market Forces has written to corporate watchdog ASIC to raise concerns about fossil fuel producers’ climate risk disclosures, or lack thereof. Like other financial regulators, ASIC has been stepping up its scrutiny of companies’ disclosure and management of the financial risks posed by climate change. ASIC’s 2018 … Read More

Siemens AGM dominated by Adani criticism

6 February 2020 With hundreds of protestors chanting outside and an over-the-top security presence inside, Siemens annual general meeting (AGM) in Munich yesterday was dominated by stern criticism, by both institutional investors and ordinary Germans, of Siemens’ decision to stick with a contract to supply signalling technology for the Carmichael … Read More

Shareholders fire a shot across NAB’s bow over climate failure

18 December 2019 After record levels of shareholder support for climate risk management resolutions at ANZ and Westpac, it was NAB’s turn today to face the music over its failure to adequately manage climate risk. Since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, NAB has continued to lend heavily to … Read More

ANZ grilled on climate inaction and secret coal plan

17 December 2019 Coal lending was on the agenda two weeks before ANZ’s annual shareholder meeting in Brisbane today, as revelations hit the news that ANZ had a secret plan to slash its thermal coal mining loans by 75% (representing more than $700 million) by 2024. The secrecy of the … 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

Cue Energy’s empty words on climate change is not enough.

10 December 2019 Cue Energy, an Australian ASX-listed oil and gas company that operates in Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia, had to fend off numerous climate-related questions at its annual general meeting yesterday in Melbourne. In its annual report, the company states: “(Cue) recognizes that the management of the … Read More

Oil and gas still a major focus for Karoon Energy

An offshore oil rig

29 November 2019 Karoon Energy has been given plenty of opportunities to provide a credible and evidence-based climate risk management plan, but continues to shirk this responsibility to its shareholders. At Karoon’s 2018 AGM, CEO Robert Hosking claimed “We are at heart environmentalists”. But when asked by shareholders to provide … Read More