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

QBE leaves door open to oil and gas phase out

Bush fire in Queensland

QBE Insurance faced a barrage of questions as well as a shareholder resolution calling for the company to set targets to phase out its exposure to all fossil fuels at its annual general meeting on 9 May 2019. Although QBE took a big step forward in March when it committed … Read More

Tell your super fund: Vote for climate action!

April 2019 Through your retirement savings, you can have a say in how many Australian companies are run. Tell your super fund to vote for climate action from corporate Australia. Market Forces has worked with shareholders to put climate action on the agenda at three major Australian company meetings coming … Read More

QBE dumps thermal coal due to global warming

QBE Sydney Market Forces action 2018

2 April 2019 On Saturday, Australia’s biggest coal underwriter (insurer) took the positive step of committing to phase out its entire thermal coal business by 1 January 2030. QBE also ruled out providing insurance to any new thermal coal mine, power plant or transport network from 1 July 2019, and … Read More

Media Release: Market Forces welcomes QBE’s end to coal finance

Saturday 30 March, 2019: The announcement today by Australia’s largest insurer, QBE, to end its support for the coal industry has been welcomed by environmental finance group Market Forces. “QBE’s decision to withdraw insurance from the coal industry is business and environmental good sense,” said Market Forces campaigner Pablo Brait. … Read More

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

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