Whitehaven next in frame for investor pressure on climate

Market Forces in the media Op-ed by Julien Vincent, executive director Market Forces Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, 19 October 2018 Next week investors will get the opportunity to vote on whether an ASX100 company that is custodian of their money should align its strategy with the Paris Agreement on climate change, … Read More

Paris climate goals not on the menu at Treasury Wines

18 October 2018 Wildfires tore through the Napa Valley in October 2017, devastating the Californian wine industry. As the hills went up in flames, the estates owned and operated by Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) miraculously survived with only minor damage. The fires, widely linked to climate change, were a focus … Read More

Suncorp continues to divest from fossil fuels

20 September 2018 Today Suncorp demonstrated it has climate change firmly on its agenda and confirmed it continues to divest from fossil fuels. The company is one of Australia’s largest insurance providers, a sector recognised as highly exposed to the physical risks posed by climate change, such as weather-related catastrophes. Earlier this year, … Read More

QBE to review climate risk of investments and underwriting

16 August 2018 Yesterday, volunteers from Market Forces and 350.org visited QBE’s head office in Sydney and spoke to staff about its climate change policies. QBE, Australia’s largest global insurer, is facing increasing pressure to end its support for fossil fuels. The company is an important provider of insurance to … Read More

Westpac rules out Abbot Point terminal

8 December 2017 Westpac today all but confirmed it would not refinance the Abbot Point coal terminal, striking another blow to the crippled Adani coal mine. Climate related questions dominated the opening of question time at the bank’s annual general meeting in Sydney, revealing a lack of awareness around its … Read More

Wesfarmers shareholders want actions to match the board’s words

17 November 2017 Yesterday afternoon, consumer staples giant Wesfarmers held their annual general meeting (AGM) in Perth. The AGM saw a big turn-out of more than 2000 shareholders who questioned the board on issues ranging from accountability, risk disclosure, human rights, climate change and executive remuneration. Wesfarmers identifies climate change … Read More

Medibank divestment driven by health impacts of climate change

13 November 2017 Australia’s biggest health insurer today announced it will divest from fossil fuels due to the negative health impacts of climate change. This is a huge win for the thousands of shareholders, customers and other members of the community who have contacted Medibank to point out the contradiction … Read More

Media Release: Climate change spurs Medibank fossil fuel divestment

Monday 13 November, 2017: Medibank’s announcement it will divest tens of millions of dollars from fossil fuels due to the ‘health effects of climate change’ has been welcomed by environmental finance group Market Forces. The decision came today in an ASX statement in advance of the health insurer’s Melbourne AGM, … Read More