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 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

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