Media Release: Australians reject super funds’ trillion-dollar secret

Melbourne, Friday 23 September, 2016: According to analysis by environmental finance campaigners Market Forces, 83% of assets under management in Australia’s fifty largest superannuation funds are undisclosed, equating to nearly $1 trillion of assets. The analysis comes as new polling commissioned by Market Forces reveals 86% of Australians believe they … Read More

AustralianSuper makes a start on fossil fuel divestment

This article first appeared on RenewEconomy, 15 April 2016 Australia’s largest superannuation fund – AustralianSuper – has announced that, from next month, it will offer its members an option that will restrict investments in companies with fossil fuel reserves. The decision will see the fund dump between $190m and $235m … Read More

Media Release: Australia’s biggest super fund rejects fossil fuels

Melbourne, Friday 15 April 2016 Market Forces is today welcoming the announcement by AustralianSuper – Australia’s largest super fund – to create a new sustainable investment option which excludes companies with fossil fuel reserves. However, the financial activist group is warning that despite the shift, the vast majority of the … Read More

How could the Future Fund finance Carmichael coal?

This briefing originally appeared on RenewEconomy, 30 March 2016 Could Australia’s sovereign wealth fund be the key source of finance that enables Adani’s Carmichael mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin? News has emerged that India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, will meet with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Chairman of the Future … Read More

How Peabody Energy burned us all

The largest coal miner in the United States, Peabody Energy Corp, on Wednesday revealed in regulatory filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that there were doubts it could continue as a going concern. As such, it may voluntarily seek protection under Chapter 11 – in other words, bankruptcy. … Read More

A shocking reminder of the health impacts of coal

11 March 2016 It’s a shocking story that’s slowly emerging. Up to 1,000 current and former Queensland coal mine workers could be affected by pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, and it’s possible that authorities and coal mining companies have tried to cover up the extent of this health disaster. Black lung … Read More

VicSuper: Protect ALL Members From Climate Change Risks

22 February 2016 We have heard from some of their members that VicSuper are currently considering how they treat the issue of climate change, and the myriad of financial and moral issues wrapped up in it. After seeing a host of other funds mistakenly “tackle” this issue by screening out … Read More

Moreland Council asks Vision Super for their divestment plan

12 February 2016 On Wednesday night Moreland City Council in Melbourne voted unanimously to ask Vision Super, the local government employees fund, for their plan for managing climate risk. Vision Super manages around $7 billion, which includes investments in fossil fuel companies. The Council motion recommends that Vision Super put … Read More

Super funds lose $5.6 billion on dirty fossil fuels

9 February 2016 Having analysed the returns of fifteen of Australia’s largest superannuation fund options over the past two years, Market Forces estimate that those options have collectively lost over $5.6 billion on their fossil fuel investments over that time. Our new report Burned details this analysis, and highlights the urgent environmental and moral need … Read More