Westpac tests the patience of ethical investors

9 December 2016 Westpac’s ‘clean and green’ image was shattered today at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Adelaide. It started outside the venue where a group of young people presented Westpac with a ‘climate hypocrite’ award for their bankrolling of dirty fossil fuel projects. The world famous fish ‘Nemo’ … Read More

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

Macquarie fails to commit to coal and gas phase outs

30 July 2020 Major Australian financial institution Macquarie was today challenged over its involvement in the coal and gas industries, and the risks this poses to shareholders, communities and the environment. Macquarie claims its “lending exposures to [the coal] sector are limited and we expect them to run off over … Read More

Marsh & McLennan present greenwash at AGM

28 May 2020 Marsh and McLennan’s 183-word ‘Client engagement principles’ is not a climate policy, it is greenwash. Last week Marsh & McLennan (MMC), Adani’s insurance broker Marsh’s parent company, held its 2020 annual general meeting (AGM). Following months of intense pressure in the lead-up to the AGM, not only … Read More

QBE’s fossil fuel inconsistency questioned at AGM

7 May 2020 As has been the case now for several years (see 2019 and 2018), fossil fuels and the climate crisis dominated insurance company QBE’s annual general meeting (AGM) today, despite it being shifted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With QBE having announced its exit from thermal coal … Read More

Out of line, out of time

out of line, out of timeThe 22 Australian companies undermining climate action TAKE ACTION: CONTACT YOUR SUPER FUND After a horror summer of drought, bushfire, floods, and other extreme weather events, we need to collectively demand action to rapidly reduce emissions in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate … Read More

QBE faces shareholder resolution on oil and gas support

5 March 2020 Shareholders coordinated by Market Forces together with the $4bn investment manager Australian Ethical have co-filed a resolution calling for the global insurer to align underwriting (insurance) and investment activities with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees. QBE has confirmed to the ASX this morning that the resolution … Read More