Investors give QBE a free pass despite hypocrisy on climate

Market Forces QBE Action Sydney 2018

6 May 2022 A shareholder resolution calling on QBE to align its oil and gas underwriting and investment with the goals of the Paris Agreement achieved 19.8% support at QBE Insurance’s AGM yesterday. As has been the case for several years now, the AGM was dominated by questions regarding QBE’s … Read More

QBE supports Paris and net zero with words, undermines them with actions

For immediate release: 18 February 2022 QBE’s willingness to underwrite new oil and gas projects will see it once again face a shareholder resolution, coordinated by Market Forces and co-filed with Australian Ethical, an investor managing over $6.5 billion as of September 2021. The resolution calls on QBE to align … Read More

QBE’s do-nothing oil and gas policy critiqued at AGM

05 MAY 2021 Today’s QBE annual general meeting (AGM) saw a significant increase in the shareholder vote on a resolution calling for the insurer to set Paris-aligned oil and gas exposure targets, despite the company having attempted to placate investors with a lacklustre policy update in the interim. 21.4% of … Read More

Suncorp and IAG dumping fossil fuels but policy gaps remain

Bush fire in Queensland

23 October 2020 Amidst ever-worsening extreme weather and the hits to their bottom lines it is causing, two of Australia’s three big insurers faced shareholders at their annual general meetings this week. Over the last 18 months both have taken significant steps away from supporting coal, oil and gas in … Read More

Suncorp out of oil and gas drilling, leaving QBE isolated

QBE Sydney Market Forces action 2018

21 August 2020 Suncorp has sent a clear message that it will not be a part of the Federal Government’s gas expansion plans, with an updated policy released today that bans the company from investing in, financing and insuring new and additional oil and gas exploration and production. In 2020, … Read More

Media release: Suncorp rules itself out of Government’s gas push

For immediate release, 21 August 2020 Suncorp has sent a clear message that it will not be a part of the Federal Government’s gas expansion plans, with an updated policy released today that bans the major Australia-based insurance company from investing in, financing and insuring new and additional oil and … Read More

QBE’s fossil fuel inconsistency questioned at AGM

7 May 2020 As has been the case now for several years (see 2019 and 2018), fossil fuels and the climate crisis dominated insurance company QBE’s annual general meeting (AGM) today, despite it being shifted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With QBE having announced its exit from thermal coal … Read More