Shareholders pressure QBE to end fossil fuel support

Market Forces campaigner Pablo at QBE's Sydney headquarters about to lodge shareholder resolution 2019

Today, shareholders coordinated by Market Forces together with the $2.85 billion investment manager Australian Ethical, lodged a resolution calling on QBE Insurance to set targets that reduce its investment in and underwriting of coal, oil and gas companies, in line with keeping global warming below 1.5C. This move comes off … Read More

QBE shareholders: take action!

Tell QBE you want them to adopt your shareholder resolution on phasing out fossil fuels 5 March 2019 Today, thanks to you, we lodged a shareholder resolution for QBE’s annual general meeting co-filed with Australian Ethical, an investment manager with $2.85 billion under management. They’ve joined our call for QBE … Read More

Our Future: clean energy a test for banks’ rehabilitation

Today’s release of the Royal Commission’s report into the financial services industry will chronicle the recent misconduct of the major banks and plot a course for how the industry can restore some integrity. It’s going to be a long road back, but one opportunity for redemption comes in the role banks can play reshaping our energy landscape. 

Big four banks increase their fossil fuel exposure

January 2019 Australia’s major banks have been getting back into fossil fuels over the last year, casting doubt on their seriousness in tackling climate change through their investments. This study compares the banks’ reported exposures to fossil fuels and renewable energy from 2017 to 2018, finding some very worrying trends. … Read More

ANZ: still not living up to its climate commitments

ANZ

19 December 2018 Our Banking Royal Commission has exposed massive discrepancies between what Australia’s big four banks say and how they act. ANZ is a glaring example with chief executive Shayne Elliott and chairman David Gonski committing to both climate and human rights principles that the bank has not stuck … Read More

NAB hauled over the coals at its 2018 AGM

NAB was forced to lay bare its contradictory climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies highlighting the vast discrepancy between what the bank says, and what it does during question-time at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne.

Westpac makes no apology for continuing to back dirty coal

12 December 2018 Westpac’s hypocrisy – their statements on climate against the reality of their loan book – was a major theme at the big four bank’s annual general meeting today in Perth. And despite supporting the 2015 Paris climate agreement Westpac’s board made no apology for continuing to lend … Read More

Karoon Gas: not quite the environmentalist it claims to be

An offshore oil rig

30 November 2018 “We are at heart environmentalists,” CEO Robert Hosking of oil explorer and soon-to-be producer, Karoon Gas told shareholders at today’s annual general meeting in Melbourne.  The company, which is about to drill an offshore oil well in Peru that has a CO2 emissions potential of 110 million tonnes … Read More