IOOF deflect on climate risk

How to Switch Banks and Make it Count

24 November 2016 IOOF is an investment management and financial services company listed in the ASX 100, administering over $130 billion on behalf of its clients. The company offers retail superannuation products, which currently boast almost half a million members. Despite very limited disclosure of portfolio holdings, we know IOOF invests its … Read More

IAG: Leading On Climate But More To Be Done

22 October 2016 Exactly one year ago at their 2015 AGM, IAG’s executives seemed genuinely annoyed by questions related to climate change. This was despite the fact that natural disaster claims in 2014/15 were in excess of $1 billion. Clearly the steady increase in the cost of natural disaster claims … Read More

Did Vision Super divest on the quiet?

15 December 2015 Early last week, Vision Super posted a press release on their website announcing their commitment to sustainable investment. Vision Super also updated their website, adding a page dedicated to “Sustainable Super” and the calming image of a wind farm on its home page. This was followed by … Read More

IAG: We Need Climate Leadership

22 October 2015 It dawned on me yesterday at the Insurance Australia Group AGM, just how detached corporate Australia is from reality, when the IAG board became genuinely annoyed by questions related to climate change. If the board of an insurance company does not believe climate change is impacting on its … Read More

How to mismanage climate risk until it hurts

This article first appeared on Renew Economy on 19 October 2015 There’s an old saying that what counts is what gets counted, there’s a less well-known adage that says, what doesn’t get counted can cost you a fortune. The Australian insurance industry is finding out all about that one now because … Read More

Suncorp’s $1bn extreme weather loss. Climate change, anyone?

24 September 2015 Suncorp Group held its Annual General Meeting in Brisbane today and several shareholders pointed out that in the last financial year, Suncorp was hit by losses from natural disasters of $473 million above provisions. The Brisbane hailstorm in November, Cyclone Marcia in February and NSW storms in … Read More