Market Forces’ take on BHP’s latest climate commitments

31 July 2019 Last week, BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie made a speech in London that grabbed global headlines for two main reasons: The language he used made it clear that, even if BHP has a long way to go on addressing climate risk, there’s no doubt that the company … Read More

Media release: Suncorp dumps thermal coal

26 July 2019 In response to Market Forces lodging a shareholder resolution, Suncorp has revealed it is exiting the thermal coal sector, meaning there are now no Australian insurers willing to underwrite new thermal coal mines and power stations. A Suncorp spokesman told InsuranceNews, “Suncorp does not directly invest in, … Read More

Norwegian sovereign wealth fund pulls $3 billion out of AGL, BHP and South32

The Norwegian government’s decision to tighten the Government Pension Fund Global’s (GPFG) coal exclusion criteria will see the world’s richest sovereign wealth fund withdraw a combined AU$3 billion from AGL, BHP and South32. The announcement comes at a particularly bad time for AGL, just days after the company’s share price … Read More

Non, merci! Rothschild & Co. walks away from Adani

16 May 2019 In May 2018 it was revealed that French investment bank Rothschild and Co was helping Adani to sell a minority stake in the Abbot Point coal terminal on the North Queensland coast. The terminal would act as the port through which coal from the proposed Carmichael coal … Read More

Suncorp: The last major Australian insurer supporting new coal

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11 April, 2019 One of Australia’s biggest insurance companies has ended up being the last major insurer still open to providing insurance to (underwriting) new thermal coal projects. Suncorp, which owns brands AAMI, GIO, APIA and Just Car, was put into this embarrassing position after competitor QBE announced an end … Read More

CIMIC Group refuses to rule out Adani

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11 April 2019 The Adani Carmichael coal mine and rail project is perhaps the most contested mining project in Australian history. An eight-year campaign has seen more than 40 banks and insurance companies worldwide refuse to back it, as have many engineering and construction contractors. To be seen doing business … Read More