QBE supports Paris and net zero with words, undermines them with actions

For immediate release: 18 February 2022 QBE’s willingness to underwrite new oil and gas projects will see it once again face a shareholder resolution, coordinated by Market Forces and co-filed with Australian Ethical, an investor managing over $6.5 billion as of September 2021. The resolution calls on QBE to align … Read More

NAB fails to defend funding for destructive fossil fuel companies

NAB agm 2021

17 December 2021 NAB has been lending heavily for projects and companies expanding the fossil fuel industry. As such, the bank today faced a formal proposal from shareholders telling it to stop funding new coal, oil and gas projects. NAB also faced a bombardment of questions from stakeholders concerned over … Read More

ANZ forced to address heavy fossil fuel funding at 2021 AGM

Australia New Zealand Bank

16 December 2021 ANZ faced a formal proposal from shareholders that it commit to stop funding new fossil fuel projects at today’s annual general meeting (AGM). Despite attempts to avoid accountability, the bank’s board also received a barrage of tough questions over its continued heavy funding for fossil fuels, including … Read More

Westpac slammed over destructive fossil fuel funding at 2021 AGM

Westpac AGM 2021

15 December 2021 Westpac faced a formal proposal from shareholders that it commit to stop funding new fossil fuel projects at today’s annual general meeting (AGM). The bank’s board also received a barrage of tough questions over its continued funding for companies expanding the fossil fuel industry, including Santos and … Read More

New Hope Corporation doubles down on coal during farcical 2021 AGM

New Hope Group's Bengalla coal mine, 2014.

19 November 2021 Coal miner New Hope Corporation’s 2021 AGM descended into farce yesterday, with technology issues compounding upon the company’s evasive approach to shareholder accountability.  Despite this, New Hope’s board still found time to double-down on its commitment to climate-wrecking coal, admitting New Hope intends to continue deriving around … Read More

Oil and gas producers fail to accept net zero means no expansion

15 November 2021 Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production companies are being challenged by shareholders over the incompatibility of their expansions plans with global climate goals. With a number of these companies having held their AGMs recently, a recurring theme to shareholder questioning has been the International Energy Agency’s … Read More

Shareholders call for true climate leadership from BHP

Updated 9am, 12 November 2021 A total of 14.2% of BHP Group’s investors have defied the board to demand the company responsibly wind up its fossil fuel production assets in line with its stated support for net zero emissions by 2050. This morning’s ASX announcement of the combined votes for … Read More

South32 challenged over scope 3 emissions, coal mine plans

28 October 2021 Over the last year, diversified miner South32 has set a target to halve its operational (scope 1 and 2) emissions by 2035 and reach net zero by 2050. However, as a significant metallurgical coal producer, the scope 3 emissions (mostly those generated from the use of South32’s … Read More