Shareholder Action 2017

Market Forces is working with shareholders to put climate change on the agenda of Australia’s biggest companies, and getting some great results. Below are some highlights from annual general meetings held so far in the second half of 2017. We’ll be updating this page as AGM season ramps up throughout … Read More

ANZ doesn’t intend for coal exposure to increase

19 December 2017 Climate change was a popular topic at ANZ’s annual general meeting (AGM) today in Sydney. Even before the meeting started, shareholders were greeted by Santa and some elves, who were handing out fliers highlighting ANZ’s fossil fuel lending. Inside the meeting Chairman David Gonski addressed the issue … Read More

Westpac rules out Abbot Point terminal

8 December 2017 Westpac today all but confirmed it would not refinance the Abbot Point coal terminal, striking another blow to the crippled Adani coal mine. Climate related questions dominated the opening of question time at the bank’s annual general meeting in Sydney, revealing a lack of awareness around its … Read More

AWE & Horizon oil- flying blind

24 November 2017 We found out today at their respective annual general meetings that both AWE and Horizon Oil do not classify climate risk as a material business risk, despite both companies’ business models relying on continued fossil fuel exploration and production. Horizon Oil CEO admitted to shareholders that climate … Read More

Beach Energy: leaking mercury

23 November 2017 In response to shareholder questioning at today’s Beach Energy AGM in Adelaide, the company’s board confirmed it would consider adopting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations by the end of 2018, noting that much more work needed to be done. Shareholders also asked if … Read More

Armour Energy on climate ‘ We can’t comment on that’

21 November 2017 Oil and gas exploration and production company Armour Energy today failed to define climate change as a material risk to its business, and refused to commit to implementing recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). At the company’s annual general meeting in Brisbane, … Read More