Suncorp to divest from fossil fuels?

At Suncorp’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brisbane today, company chair Ziggy Switkowski made the quite unexpected commitment to reduce the company’s fossil fuel exposure to an ‘immaterial’ amount over the next two years. The revelation came in response to repeated questions from shareholders about climate change, including its management … Read More

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

FAR: ‘two degrees is laughable in the extreme’

FAR is an Australian owned oil and gas company which operates in Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Australia and Senegal, a country already facing severe impacts from climate change. Currently the executive bonuses of FAR are tied to how much oil and gas they find. CEO Catherine Norman receives up to $100,000 per … Read More

Sundance: Not aware of any risks from climate change

  Sundance Energy, the company that had its annual general meeting in Adelaide today, has had a tough run lately. US Secretary of State and former CEO of Exxon Mobil Mr. Tillerson sued them because he alleged that his $5 million property was in danger due to Sundance’s unconventional gas … Read More

Statement: Market Forces reiterates Santos position

18 May 2017 In response to a clumsy attempt by Santos to dance around the statements that Chairman Peter Coates made at the Santos AGM on the 4th of May, Market Forces would like to issue this clarification: We know Santos is supportive of the Paris Agreement and the 2 … Read More

2017 AGM: Rio Tinto ignore community and climate concerns

4 May 2017 Rio Tinto has been taken to task over its slow response to investors’ climate concerns. At the company’s London annual general meeting last year, shareholders passed a resolution calling on the company to disclose their strategy for dealing with the risks of climate change. But Rio is yet to produce the … Read More

Analysis: Westpac’s new climate change policy

30 April 2017 The most immediate impact of Westpac’s climate change policy announcement on Friday was that it took them out of the running as a potential lender to the Adani Carmichael coal mine, making Westpac the 19th bank to either distance itself publicly from Galilee Basin coal export projects, … Read More

Media Release: Westpac’s coal exclusion means no funding to Adani coal mine

Brisbane, 28 April 2017 Environmental finance campaigning organisation Market Forces has welcomed the climate change policy update released by Westpac today, which makes the bank the latest to rule out funding Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. The policy tightens the criteria for Westpac’s funding of new thermal coal mines, meaning the bank will … Read More