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

Super funds continue to block climate action

23 April 2020 Major super funds in Australia are continuing to vote, on behalf of their members, against the majority of shareholder proposals that would improve companies’ climate risk management.  By investing our retirement savings in company shares, super funds get a say in how those companies are run. Our … Read More

QBE faces shareholder resolution on oil and gas support

5 March 2020 Shareholders coordinated by Market Forces together with the $4bn investment manager Australian Ethical have co-filed a resolution calling for the global insurer to align underwriting (insurance) and investment activities with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees. QBE has confirmed to the ASX this morning that the resolution … 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