99% of Rio Tinto shareholders vote for Paris-aligned emission targets

6 May 2021 99% of Rio Tinto’s investors today voted in favour of a Market Forces-coordinated resolution calling for Paris-aligned emission reduction targets, on the back of a supporting statement which tears the company’s current targets to shreds. The vote came after Rio waved the white flag in the arguments … Read More

QBE’s do-nothing oil and gas policy critiqued at AGM

05 MAY 2021 Today’s QBE annual general meeting (AGM) saw a significant increase in the shareholder vote on a resolution calling for the insurer to set Paris-aligned oil and gas exposure targets, despite the company having attempted to placate investors with a lacklustre policy update in the interim. 21.4% of … Read More

10% of Oil Search shareholders call for fossil fuel wind up plan

30 April 2021 Almost a tenth of Oil Search’s investors today told the Australian stock exchange’s third largest undiversified oil and gas producer to wind up fossil fuel production and return capital to shareholders. The vote for the Market Forces-coordinated shareholder proposal follows votes of 19% and 13% for similar … Read More

New legal opinion confirms super funds must manage climate risks

22 April 2021 Released today, a new legal opinion commissioned by Market Forces has confirmed super funds are legally required to understand and manage the material financial risks posed by climate change. The new legal advice from barristers Noel Hutley SC and James Mack builds on a previous opinion they … Read More

13% of Santos shareholders demand oil and gas wind up plan

15 April 2021 At today’s Santos annual general meeting, 13% of the company’s shareholders voted against the company’s management and for a Market Forces-coordinated shareholder resolution calling on the company to wind up oil and gas production in line with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Speaking after the … Read More

Big banks snub local farmers concerned about Whitehaven Coal

12 April 2021 Whitehaven Coal is one of the biggest coal mining corporations on the Australian share market and some of the world’s biggest banks, including Westpac, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, played a key role in lending $1 billion to the company in 2020.  ANZ and Commonwealth Bank have … Read More

94% of Beach Energy investors reject capital protection

Beach Energy field

25 November 2020 5.4% of shareholders today formally called on Australian-focused gas and oil company Beach Energy to wind up its fossil fuel production in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement by voting in favour of a resolution put forward by more than 100 shareholders, supported by Market … Read More

Horizon Oil challenged over sustainability

Horizon Oil's offshore operations in NZ

20 November 2020 Horizon Oil was questioned over the company’s sustainability in the face a Paris-aligned energy transition at its annual general meeting today. Horizon owns oil and gas exploration, development and production assets in China and New Zealand, having recently sold its beleaguered Papua New Guinea assets. The company … Read More