Suncorp to divest from fossil fuels?

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brisbane today, Suncorp chair Ziggy Switkowski made the quite unexpected commitment to reduce the company’s fossil fuel exposure to an ‘immaterial’ amount over the next two years. The revelation came in response to repeated questions from shareholders about climate change, including its management … Read More

Media Release: Shareholders move to force Commbank to manage climate risk

28 August 2017 Shareholders have lodged a first-of-its-kind resolution with Commonwealth Bank that would embed climate change risk management into its constitution. It comes a month after shareholders began court proceedings against the bank over its failure to consider climate change as a material business risk. The resolution, coordinated by … Read More

Media release: Origin Energy faces three shareholder resolutions

Coordinated by environmental finance group Market Forces, shareholders in Origin Energy have filed a series of resolutions with the oil and gas major. View ASX announcement. The three resolutions, to be heard at Origin’s October AGM, call for greater disclosure of climate risks, the development of a transition plan, and … Read More

Media Release: Australia desperately needs climate risk disclosure recommendations

  29 June 2017 Reacting to the release of the Financial Stability Board’s final recommendations from its Task Force on Climate Change-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Market Forces Analyst Daniel Gocher said: “These recommendations are sorely needed in Australia, which was recently rated by S&P as being one of the highest carbon-exposed markets in … Read More

Shareholders put climate front and centre

Market Forces is all about empowering community members to hold organisations accountable for their climate and environmental impacts. A major element of this work involves working with shareholders to enable them to raise these issues directly with companies at their annual general meetings (AGMs). In the first half of 2017, … Read More

FAR: ‘two degrees is laughable in the extreme’

FAR is an Australian owned oil and gas company which operates in Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Australia and Senegal, a country already facing severe impacts from climate change. Currently the executive bonuses of FAR are tied to how much oil and gas they find. CEO Catherine Norman receives up to $100,000 per … Read More

Sundance: Not aware of any risks from climate change

  Sundance Energy, the company that had its annual general meeting in Adelaide today, has had a tough run lately. US Secretary of State and former CEO of Exxon Mobil Mr. Tillerson sued them because he alleged that his $5 million property was in danger due to Sundance’s unconventional gas … Read More