Embattled AMP stands firm over new climate denier chairman

10 May 2018 Acting AMP chief executive Mike Wilkins today dismissed deep concern over incoming chairman David Murray’s controversial views on climate change at the financial services company’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne.  Wilkins affirmed his backing for Murray, an outspoken climate sceptic, during a fiery question-time session in which furious shareholders grilled the board over revelations of … Read More

AMP appoints climate change denier as chairman

David Murray

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has seen heads roll at AMP, with both the Chair Catherine Brenner and CEO Craig Meller leaving the financial services company. But in news today it was announced that former CEO of Commonwealth Bank and Future Fund Chair David Murray … Read More

Did your super fund vote for climate action?

You may have seen our recent research revealing that the vast majority of Australia’s biggest super funds are regularly voting against climate action at the companies they invest in. Well, super funds were given the opportunity to turn this trend around at three recent annual general meetings. Use the form … Read More

Big institutions back Rio Tinto resolution

2 May 2018 A resolution calling on Rio Tinto to publish the payments that it makes to groups lobbying on energy and climate policy, and to review whether such memberships are consistent with Rio’s stated support for emissions reductions, featured prominently at the company’s annual general meeting today.  The resolution … Read More

Woodside say they have ‘no stranded assets’

19 April 2018 ‘We don’t believe that we have stranded assets’, said Woodside chairman Michael Chaney when asked about the oil and gas company’s new Scarborough gas field at today’s AGM. Watch the response here: This directly contradicts the findings of UK think tank Carbon Tracker which warned last year … Read More

Australian bank policies still lag international peers

The fossil fuel lending policies of Australia’s big four banks have once again been found to fall short of international expectations. In the latest Banking on Climate Change Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card, only NAB’s coal mining policy, announced last year, scored higher than a C-. While it’s worth acknowledging … Read More

AECOM: “Like a dentist handing out candy”

It’s getting lonely for Adani in their destructive quest to build the Carmichael coal mine and railway line. Twenty-eight major banks across four continents have now stated they will not lend money to the project. Adani’s construction partner Downer EDI has walked away. Most recently, Aurizon, Australia’s most experienced coal … Read More