Westpac commits to action for “below 2 degrees”

11 December 2015 Westpac has today made a commitment to operate in line with an economy that limits global warming to below two degrees! CEO Brian Hartzer said to hundreds of shareholders in Sydney: Westpac is committed to operating, both directly and indirectly, in a manner consistent with supporting an … Read More

Commbank’s climate credentials don’t make it through Paris

7 December 2015 Well that was short lived! A month ago we were celebrating Commonwealth Bank’s new Group Environment Policy committing the bank to the goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees. For a moment, it looked like Commbank really got the issue of climate change and were even sticking their necks out … Read More

How does Westpac measure up on climate?

2 December 2015 We’re in a time of year usually defined by the United Nations climate change negotiations, currently underway in Paris. But we’re also in the middle of annual general meeting (AGM) season for Australia’s big banks, and a parade of glossy brochures and statements that update the banks’ policies … Read More

Making your finances fossil free

On 29 May and 3 June 2014, Market Forces, in conjunction with 350.org and the Australia Institute, ran forums in Sydney and Melbourne to release a new report examining how individuals can make their personal finances fossil free. A summary of the report’s main findings can be found on the … Read More

Keeping Euros out of dirty coal in Australia

5 May 2014 If we’re going to stop new dirty coal projects getting funded, we need to work both in Australia and internationally. Market Forces is in Europe where, over the next couple of weeks, several banks that are key to new coal export projects in Australia are having their … Read More

Inside the Aurizon AGM

14 November 2013 Shareholders of quite varying and exotic strains descended on the Aurizon AGM on Wednesday. A colourful and vibrant protest outside suggested that things were going to be a little different from the usual fare of remuneration packages and directorship self congratulation. For many garden variety shareholders in … Read More