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

Westpac’s marketing made a little bit more honest

29 January 2016 After years of heavy lending to new fossil fuel projects, and being the only “big four” bank to have failed to distance itself from the proposed Adani Carmichael mega coal mine, we decided it was about time the bank’s marketing caught up with the reality of their … 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

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

Poll reveals high expectations for banks to avoid fossil fuels

Share this Post 17 September 2016 A new survey has shown strong support, especially among customers of the major banks, for action to avoid financing fossil fuel projects that damage the environment and worsen climate change. The poll, conducted by Essential Research for Market Forces, asked over 1,000 Australians about their attitudes … Read More

Banks fail 2ºC climate test, pour $5.6b into fossil fuels

3 August 2016 Australia’s big four banks have made a mockery of their ‘two degree’ commitments, pouring $5.6 billion into the fossil fuel sector since the December 2015 Paris climate change agreement. Our latest research shows the banks’ have failed to come anywhere close to meeting their commitments to help hold global … Read More

Westpac commits to action for “below 2 degrees”

11 December 2015 Westpac has today made a commitment to operate in line with an economy that limits global warming to below two degrees! CEO Brian Hartzer said to hundreds of shareholders in Sydney: Westpac is committed to operating, both directly and indirectly, in a manner consistent with supporting an … Read More