NAB hauled over the coals at its 2018 AGM

NAB was forced to lay bare its contradictory climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies highlighting the vast discrepancy between what the bank says, and what it does during question-time at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne.

Westpac makes no apology for continuing to back dirty coal

12 December 2018 Westpac’s hypocrisy – their statements on climate against the reality of their loan book – was a major theme at the big four bank’s annual general meeting today in Perth. And despite supporting the 2015 Paris climate agreement Westpac’s board made no apology for continuing to lend … Read More

QBE staff get donuts as QBE scores donuts on climate action scorecard

QBE Sydney Market Forces action 2018

Tuesday 4 December 2018 This morning staff arriving at global insurance company QBE’s head office in Sydney were offered free donuts by Market Forces volunteers. The donuts represent QBE’s shameful zero scores on the international insurance climate scorecard released this week. Twenty-four global insurance companies were rated on their coal … Read More

QBE falling behind competitors on climate action

Monday 3 December 2018 All over the world, the damage humans are doing to our climate is increasingly evident. Heat records are being smashed, droughts are taking their toll, floods and bushfires are costing lives and homes. Both the UN and the International Energy Agency have released reports proving that … Read More

Karoon Gas: not quite the environmentalist it claims to be

An offshore oil rig

30 November 2018 “We are at heart environmentalists,” CEO Robert Hosking of oil explorer and soon-to-be producer, Karoon Gas told shareholders at today’s annual general meeting in Melbourne.  The company, which is about to drill an offshore oil well in Peru that has a CO2 emissions potential of 110 million tonnes … Read More

Vision Super dumps coal and tar sands

Vision Super petition handover win

This week industry super fund Vision Super, whose membership is mainly made up of Victorian local government employees, announced that it will begin selling off its thermal coal and tar sands company shares. This positive and responsible move means Vision Super members’ money will no longer be used to fund … Read More

Climate a hot issue at Bluescope Steel’s annual general meeting

Welding at steel mill

23 November 2018 “Our targets are based on the… Australian [emissions] requirement” chairman John Bevan told shareholders at Bluescope Steel’s annual general meeting (AGM) today in Sydney, where climate change was a hot topic. Whilst acknowledging support for the global Paris climate accord, the steel manufacturing giant said its emissions … Read More