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: Commbank’s refusal to finance Adani coal mine

Commonwealth Bank’s confirmation that it will not be involved in financing the Carmichael coal mine leaves Adani in the highly improbable position of financing a major Australian project without the support of one of the “big four” banks. “It’s desperate measures now for Adani”, said Market Forces executive director Julien … Read More

WIN! CommBank will not be asked to finance Adani Carmichael

11 August 2017 “We have been asked about our role in funding the Adani Carmichael mine. Whilst in general we do not comment on specific clients, we can confirm that we are not amongst the banks who have been, or will be, asked to consider this financing.” That was a … Read More

Two degrees scorecard update

In December 2015, the Paris climate talks saw 195 nations agree to limit global warming to well below 2°C, compared with pre-industrial levels. In the lead up to Paris, ANZ, CommBank, NAB and Westpac all publicly championed the two degree limit, committing to support the transition to a low carbon … Read More

Big 4 STILL financing fossil fuel expansion

On 22 June 2017, some 18 months after committing to support the aims of the Paris Agreement, Australia’s big four banks all contributed to a deal to finance more oil and gas exploration and production. Clearly, ANZ, CommBank, NAB and Westpac are yet to come to terms with exactly what … Read More

CommBank – Last bank standing on Adani?

Following the great news that Westpac won’t fund the Adani Carmichael coal mine, attention has now turned to Commonwealth Bank, with the question being asked: will CommBank be the last Australian bank standing on Adani? Here’s why we need to be concerned about the prospect of CommBank financing Adani… No … Read More

Big banks loaned $10 billion to fossil fuels in 2016

6 March 2017 2016 was the first full year after the Paris agreement was signed, and since Australia’s big banks all committed to support the goal of holding global warming to well below 2ºC. So, how exactly did the banks go about backing up their 2°C commitments last year? Well, … Read More