Hesta dumps thermal coal, commits to net-zero portfolio

26 June 2020 $52 billion health industry super fund Hesta today announced it will fully divest from companies deriving more than 15% of revenue from coal that is used for energy generation, known as thermal coal. The fund has also committed to “reducing the absolute carbon emissions in its investment … Read More

FAR Ltd betting against Paris climate goals

An offshore oil rig

27 May 2020 FAR Ltd is an oil and gas exploration company, with one major project nearing development: the Sangomar oil field off Senegal’s coast. With the company’s entire business model predicated on new oil and gas developments that cannot be burned in a 1.5°C warming scenario, Market Forces has … Read More

Adelaide Brighton investors must demand Paris-aligned targets

19 May 2020 In response to questioning from shareholders at its annual general meeting today, Australian construction material company Adelaide Brighton suggested its weak emission reduction targets could be stepped up to align with the Paris climate goals over the coming year. Investors must now use their position to hold … Read More

Fossil fuel investments tanking

16 May 2020 The value of Australia’s fossil fuel producers has tanked over the last 10 years, a trend which has been exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic. We identified 11 companies in the top 300 listed on the Australian share market (ASX 300) whose sole business is producing coal, oil … Read More

Caltex still has no emission targets or fossil fuel exit plans

14 May 2020 Caltex claims to support the Paris climate goals, but still has not set any targets to bring down its greenhouse gas emissions, or transition away from its fossil fuel operations. The company today told shareholders it plans to continue investing in its oil refining business, which has … Read More

Huge gains in investor support for real climate action at Rio Tinto

7 May 2020 37% of Rio Tinto’s shareholders today voted in favour of a shareholder proposal calling on the mining giant to set Paris-aligned targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, including those generated by the use of its products. Given Rio Tinto’s board opposed the proposal, the vote represents … Read More

Oil Search must abandon oil and gas expansion

1 May 2020 Oil Search, Australia’s third largest pure play oil and gas company, today told shareholders its current strategic review will lead the company to “settling on a strategy that is consistent with the interests of shareholders.“  Company Chair Richard Lee went on to say, “we wouldn’t set in … Read More

Woodside fights historic investor demand for Paris-alignment

30 April 2020 A record-breaking 50% of Woodside Petroleum’s investors today voted in favour of a shareholder proposal calling on the company to align with the Paris climate goals. This is an incredible result, considering the Woodside board’s vehement opposition to the resolution. Coordinated by the Australasian Centre for Corporate … Read More

Super funds continue to block climate action

23 April 2020 Major super funds in Australia are continuing to vote, on behalf of their members, against the majority of shareholder proposals that would improve companies’ climate risk management.  By investing our retirement savings in company shares, super funds get a say in how those companies are run. Our … Read More

Market Forces launches UniSuper DIVEST campaign

13 January 2020 Market Forces has joined with academics, scientists, researchers and university employees across Australia to launch a major new campaign to pressure super fund, UniSuper, to divest billions of dollars of members’ retirement savings from fossil fuel companies driving the climate crisis. To mark the start of the … Read More