BHP stands by climate-wrecking MCA

Protestors against BHP

Melbourne, 16 November 2017 Yesterday’s BHP Billiton Annual General Meeting in Melbourne was notable for protests outside, and unhappy shareholders inside, who questioned the company’s record on climate change, its relationship with indigenous peoples and its response to the Samarco dam disaster in 2015. BHP is Australia’s largest diversified mining … Read More

Legal opinion: Fund trustees should consider climate risk

1 August 2017 Market Forces has released a new legal opinion on the extent to which Australian law requires superannuation trustees to consider climate change risks when managing portfolios on behalf of their members. Commissioned by Market Forces, the memorandum of opinion, Superannuation Trustee Duties and Climate Change Risk, was provided … Read More

CalSTRS to completely divest from thermal coal, including Whitehaven

CalSTRS, the US$200 billion Californian State Teachers’ Retirement System, has announced it will divest all non-US thermal coal holdings from July 1. The commitment follows the fund’s decision to dump all US thermal coal holdings in December 2015. Here in Australia, the CalSTRS decision will see them sell off their holdings … Read More

FAR: ‘two degrees is laughable in the extreme’

FAR is an Australian owned oil and gas company which operates in Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Australia and Senegal, a country already facing severe impacts from climate change. Currently the executive bonuses of FAR are tied to how much oil and gas they find. CEO Catherine Norman receives up to $100,000 per … Read More

Santos shows contempt for investors, climate change, at its AGM

Adelaide, Thursday, 4 May 2017 A resolution that would have directed Santos to disclose the risks climate change poses to its business has been defeated at today’s annual general meeting of the company, which reiterated its intent to explore for more unconventional gas and said that when considering its future under climate … Read More

Will your super fund vote for or against climate action?

Oil Search and Santos are two of Australia’s largest oil and gas companies – and neither is addressing the risks of climate change. Oil Search is one of the biggest companies operating in Papua New Guinea, a country already feeling the effects of climate change. Sea level rise has forced residents … Read More

Santos shareholders lodge climate risk resolution

6 March 2017 Market Forces and over 100 individual shareholders have filed a resolution with the oil and gas major, Santos, demanding the company acknowledge and assess the risks posed to its business by climate change. The resolution is the first attempt to enforce the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on … Read More

IOOF deflect on climate risk

How to Switch Banks and Make it Count

24 November 2016 IOOF is an investment management and financial services company listed in the ASX 100, administering over $130 billion on behalf of its clients. The company offers retail superannuation products, which currently boast almost half a million members. Despite very limited disclosure of portfolio holdings, we know IOOF invests its … Read More