New legal opinion confirms super funds must manage climate risks

22 April 2021 Released today, a new legal opinion commissioned by Market Forces has confirmed super funds are legally required to understand and manage the material financial risks posed by climate change. The new legal advice from barristers Noel Hutley SC and James Mack builds on a previous opinion they … Read More

Tell your super fund: Vote for climate action

1 April 2021 Over the coming weeks, your super fund has a number of huge opportunities to demand real climate action from some of Australia’s biggest gas companies, as well as globally-significant fossil fuel financiers and developers. By investing your retirement savings in these companies, your super fund gets a … Read More

Mineral Resources pursues pathway out of line with 1.5°C

The Mineral Resource board made it clear at yesterday’s annual general meeting (AGM) that they would continue to pursue dirty oil and gas development despite their peer Fortescue Metals announcing a major move into renewable energy and green hydrogen.  Mineral Resources is a  lithium and iron ore mining company with … Read More

BlueScope Steel lagging on emission reduction targets

BlueScope Steel, the multinational steel-making corporation, is one of Australia’s major consumers of energy. The company requires large amounts of energy to be able to create steel via its smelting, furnace and production operations and is one of the top 20 energy users in Australia.  At today’s annual general meeting, … Read More

AustralianSuper’s new climate policy fails to raise the bar

17 November 2020 AustralianSuper’s new climate change policy has failed to even match, let alone improve on, the standard set by some of its big industry fund peers, disappointing members who were hoping to see the nation’s largest super fund take the lead on climate action. While there are some … Read More

Mark’s historic super fund legal win

5 November 2020 You may have seen the news this week about 25-year-old Brisbane ecologist Mark McVeigh, who won a historic legal battle against his $57 billion super fund, Rest, over climate change. What you may not know is that Mark used Market Forces’ research and tools to start asking … Read More

The giant stirs. First State Super to divest thermal coal mining

9 July 2020 First State Super today released its new Climate Change Adaptation Plan, with the headlines being that Australia’s second biggest superannuation fund would finally start to divest from thermal coal mining companies from October, and would set targets to reduce the emissions from its portfolios. The commitment to … Read More

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