AustralianSuper’s new climate policy fails to raise the bar

17 November 2020 AustralianSuper’s new climate change policy has failed to even match, let alone improve on, the standard set by some of its big industry fund peers, disappointing members who were hoping to see the nation’s largest super fund take the lead on climate action. While there are some … Read More

Mark’s historic super fund legal win

5 November 2020 You may have seen the news this week about 25-year-old Brisbane ecologist Mark McVeigh, who won a historic legal battle against his $57 billion super fund, Rest, over climate change. What you may not know is that Mark used Market Forces’ research and tools to start asking … Read More

The giant stirs. First State Super to divest thermal coal mining

9 July 2020 First State Super today released its new Climate Change Adaptation Plan, with the headlines being that Australia’s second biggest superannuation fund would finally start to divest from thermal coal mining companies from October, and would set targets to reduce the emissions from its portfolios. The commitment to … Read More

Which super fund did you leave?

If you’re a member of a super fund that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels, you’ve already taken action to align your money with your values. But there’s one more thing you can do to have maximum impact. We’re collecting information about how many members have switched out of their super … Read More

Our super funds can help sway climate-change targets

18 September 2019 Market Forces in the Media: Op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald by Julien Vincent, Executive Director, Market Forces It was one of the loudest signals yet that Australian superannuation funds wanted strong action on climate change. Ahead of this year’s G20 meeting in Japan, the likes of … 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

QBE dumps thermal coal due to global warming

QBE Sydney Market Forces action 2018

2 April 2019 On Saturday, Australia’s biggest coal underwriter (insurer) took the positive step of committing to phase out its entire thermal coal business by 1 January 2030. QBE also ruled out providing insurance to any new thermal coal mine, power plant or transport network from 1 July 2019, and … Read More

QBE targeted over fossil fuel support as Australia burns

QBE Billboard in Sydney by Market Forces

4 February 2019 As Australians suffer under record-breaking extreme temperatures, bushfires and floods, Market Forces has launched an outdoor advertising campaign demanding Australia’s major global insurance company end its support for the fossil fuel companies driving global warming. Thanks to donations from Market Forces supporters, the billboard on the City … Read More