QBE leaves door open to oil and gas phase out

Bush fire in Queensland

QBE Insurance faced a barrage of questions as well as a shareholder resolution calling for the company to set targets to phase out its exposure to all fossil fuels at its annual general meeting on Thursday 9 May. Although QBE took a big step forward in March when it committed … Read More

AMP Chairman: “My opinions about climate change are irrelevant”

Ms Coral Bleach at AMP's 2019 AGM in Sydney

2 May 2019 Last year, AMP appointed this man as its new Chairman: With a history of climate-sceptic comments like this, it’s unsurprising that Murray was challenged over his views on climate change at AMP’s annual general meeting in Sydney today. He was given every opportunity to redeem himself when … Read More

Op-ed: Investors must reject climate denial on boards, starting with AMP

Market Forces in the media Will van de Pol, Renew Economy 30 April 2019 Climate change is already dominating the federal election campaign, as Messrs Morrison and Shorten dodge and weave protesters, aghast that either major party’s policy could still allow for massive new coal mines like Adani’s Carmichael project. … Read More

DBS gambles on coal, as scrutiny arrives at its AGM

25 April 2019 At the annual general meeting of DBS today, the Singaporean bank was challenged over its plans to excuse several proposed projects from its policy to stop funding new coal power. Last Thursday DBS released what, in all fairness, was a pretty good policy on coal power plants. … Read More

NAB hauled over the coals at its 2018 AGM

NAB was forced to lay bare its contradictory climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies highlighting the vast discrepancy between what the bank says, and what it does during question-time at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne.

Westpac makes no apology for continuing to back dirty coal

12 December 2018 Westpac’s hypocrisy – their statements on climate against the reality of their loan book – was a major theme at the big four bank’s annual general meeting today in Perth. And despite supporting the 2015 Paris climate agreement Westpac’s board made no apology for continuing to lend … Read More

Karoon Gas: not quite the environmentalist it claims to be

An offshore oil rig

30 November 2018 “We are at heart environmentalists,” CEO Robert Hosking of oil explorer and soon-to-be producer, Karoon Gas told shareholders at today’s annual general meeting in Melbourne.  The company, which is about to drill an offshore oil well in Peru that has a CO2 emissions potential of 110 million tonnes … Read More