Shareholders revolt over ANZ’s climate destruction

Update: 10 am, Saturday 17 December 2016 In news breaking this morning, ANZ’s CEO Shayne Elliott told media after the AGM that ANZ’s coal mining exposure was shrinking and he didn’t see a reversal of that trend, effectively ruling out funding for the Adani Carmichael project! Massive! @ANZ_AU CEO Shayne … Read More

Westpac tests the patience of ethical investors

9 December 2016 Westpac’s ‘clean and green’ image was shattered today at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Adelaide. It started outside the venue where a group of young people presented Westpac with a ‘climate hypocrite’ award for their bankrolling of dirty fossil fuel projects. The world famous fish ‘Nemo’ … Read More

Karoon Gas: Reducing our emissions would be a pointless gesture

1 December 2016 Karoon Gas held its AGM in Melbourne yesterday, and confirmed it’s business as usual for the oil and gas explorer, despite its stated support for the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures. The company’s responses to shareholder questions around climate risk, potentially stranded … Read More

Stanmore Coal: Failing to plan or planning to fail?

30 November 2016 Stanmore Coal owns and operates nine coal mining projects in Queensland, including open cut and underground mines, as well as a number of projects in development. Like most pure play fossil fuel companies, Stanmore is in denial about the future of coal in the wake of the Paris … Read More

BHP’s Minerals Council membership touches a nerve

17 November 2016 With operations in over 25 countries, BHP Billiton is one of the world’s largest mining companies. Two years ago the company was rated one of the top twenty most carbon polluting companies. The mining giant has also been involved in several environmental disasters such as the Ok … Read More

Wesfarmers: not ‘evolving’ quickly enough

11 November 2016 Best known as the parent company of Coles, K-mart, Target, Bunnings and Officeworks, Wesfarmers also owns two open cut coal mines: Curragh in Queensland (100% owned by Wesfarmers) and Bengalla in New South Wales (40% stake). Shareholders attending the Wesfarmers annual general meeting (AGM) asked why the company was … Read More

Beach Energy, unconventional and unsafe

10 November 2016 Beach Energy held its annual general meeting (AGM) in Adelaide today, where local campaigners for the protection of agricultural land questioned the efficacy of Beach Energy’s unconventional gas exploration in the Otway Basin. Beach Energy is Australia’s largest onshore oil producer, most active in the Cooper and … Read More

CommBank faces backlash on fossil fuel lending

9 November 2016 In an unprecedented reaction against CommBank’s refusal to phase out their lending to coal, oil and gas projects, the bank’s Board was forced to endure extended questioning and a protest at their annual general meeting in Perth today. Many shareholders are obviously fed up and are demanding … Read More

Whitehaven: A lot to hide this AGM

28 October 2016 Yesterday Whitehaven Coal held their Annual General Meeting in Sydney. They obviously had a lot to hide. While most AGMs are filmed and broadcast, Whitehaven decided to record only the audio, and cut off recording completely before question time. To bring you up to speed Whitehaven is the company that, … Read More

Big bonuses to fossil fuel execs for Digging Deeper

Despite the desperate need and global commitment to ditch fossil fuels, our latest report reveals fossil fuel companies are continuing to search for more unburnable carbon. In many cases, exploration is encouraged through executive remuneration packages. Despite their potential influence as significant shareholders, Australia’s super funds are voting for these wasteful bonuses that encourage … Read More