QBE to review climate risk of investments and underwriting

16 August 2018 Yesterday, volunteers from Market Forces and 350.org visited QBE’s head office in Sydney and spoke to staff about its climate change policies. QBE, Australia’s largest global insurer, is facing increasing pressure to end its support for fossil fuels. The company is an important provider of insurance to … Read More

QBE faces massive shareholder pressure at AGM

Australia’s biggest insurer and fossil fuel underwriter QBE Insurance admits it needs to manage climate change risks much better but rejects shareholder vote for action. 3 May 2018 Today a shareholder resolution calling on QBE to disclose the risks to its business from climate change was backed by 18.6% of … Read More

Did your super fund vote for climate action?

You may have seen our recent research revealing that the vast majority of Australia’s biggest super funds are regularly voting against climate action at the companies they invest in. Well, super funds were given the opportunity to turn this trend around at three recent annual general meetings. Use the form … Read More

Shareholders put climate front and centre

Market Forces is all about empowering community members to hold organisations accountable for their climate and environmental impacts. A major element of this work involves working with shareholders to enable them to raise these issues directly with companies at their annual general meetings (AGMs). In the first half of 2017, … Read More

QBE supporting Adani!

At their annual general meeting in Sydney, QBE revealed that even though it has not yet been approached to underwrite the Carmichael mega mine, it has an ongoing relationship with the mine’s owner, Adani. The insurer, which operates globally and is a major underwriter of fossil fuel infrastructure, supports Adani’s … Read More

QBE dodges questions but offers dialogue

5 May 2016 Market Forces representatives attended the QBE AGM in Sydney on Wednesday. QBE is the largest insurer in Australia by market capitalisation, and operates across 37 countries employing over 14,000 people. QBE is also a critical ally to the fossil fuel industry – it underwrites offshore oil rigs, … Read More

Media Release: New campaign targets QBEs climate hypocrisy

Monday 2nd May, 2016 As QBE prepares for its Sydney AGM in Sydney on Wednesday, Market Forces has today launched a new campaign calling on the insurance company to stop ‘making climate change possible.’ Activists this morning visited the company’s headquarters in Sydney, to colourfully highlight the company’s role as a major insurer … Read More

Climate change: made possible by QBE

Activists this morning gave QBE’s headquarters a colourful new rebranding, illustrating how the insurance company was making climate change possible through its underwriting of major fossil fuel projects.