Media release: Suncorp dumps thermal coal

26 July 2019 In response to Market Forces lodging a shareholder resolution, Suncorp has revealed it is exiting the thermal coal sector, meaning there are now no Australian insurers willing to underwrite new thermal coal mines and power stations. A Suncorp spokesman told InsuranceNews, “Suncorp does not directly invest in, … Read More

Adani still vulnerable on insurance for its Carmichael mine and railway

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching

28 June 2019 Like the stampede that saw almost 40 major banks turn their backs on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and rail project (eventually forcing Adani to pledge it will “self-fund”), major insurance companies are now also refusing to insure this climate-wrecking project. All major projects require underwriting insurance, for … Read More

QBE’s unanswered questions

Bush fire in Queensland

11 June 2019 It’s not often that an annual general meeting (AGM) can be described as compelling. QBE’s AGM held on 9 May, however, delivered the goods with several questions from the floor resulting in extraordinary exchanges between shareholders and the chairman Marty Becker and CEO Pat Regan. Unfortunately, these … Read More

Suncorp: The last major Australian insurer supporting new coal

Bush fire in Queensland

11 April, 2019 One of Australia’s biggest insurance companies has ended up being the last major insurer still open to providing insurance to (underwriting) new thermal coal projects. Suncorp, which owns brands AAMI, GIO, APIA and Just Car, was put into this embarrassing position after competitor QBE announced an end … Read More

QBE‘s climate credibility up in smoke

Electricity Pylons and smoke stacks

25 February 2019 QBE’s 2018 annual report, released today, disappointingly reveals the insurer will be doing absolutely nothing about its support for dirty fossil fuels for at least two more years – shredding any credibility the company had left when it comes to managing climate risk. This is despite its … Read More

QBE targeted over fossil fuel support as Australia burns

QBE Billboard in Sydney by Market Forces

4 February 2019 As Australians suffer under record-breaking extreme temperatures, bushfires and floods, Market Forces has launched an outdoor advertising campaign demanding Australia’s major global insurance company end its support for the fossil fuel companies driving global warming. Thanks to donations from Market Forces supporters, the billboard on the City … Read More