Big four Australian banks face shareholder climate backlash at AGMs

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 11 October 2022: Shareholder resolutions have been lodged with ANZ, NAB and Westpac calling on the banks to stop financing coal, oil and gas expansion.  The resolutions, lodged by hundreds of shareholders and coordinated by environmental finance organisation Market Forces, follow one that will go to a … Read More

Oil and gas producers fail to accept net zero means no expansion

15 November 2021 Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production companies are being challenged by shareholders over the incompatibility of their expansions plans with global climate goals. With a number of these companies having held their AGMs recently, a recurring theme to shareholder questioning has been the International Energy Agency’s … Read More

Shareholders call for true climate leadership from BHP

Updated 9am, 12 November 2021 A total of 14.2% of BHP Group’s investors have defied the board to demand the company responsibly wind up its fossil fuel production assets in line with its stated support for net zero emissions by 2050. This morning’s ASX announcement of the combined votes for … 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

NAB shareholders: Help push NAB out of climate-wrecking gas

10 May 2021 NAB, a major funder of climate-destructive gas companies including Santos and Origin Energy, is planning to update its gas and oil policy this year. Scientists, economists and Nobel Laureates have told us there’s no room to expand the fossil fuel industry if we’re to limit warming to … Read More

94% of Beach Energy investors reject capital protection

Beach Energy field

25 November 2020 5.4% of shareholders today formally called on Australian-focused gas and oil company Beach Energy to wind up its fossil fuel production in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement by voting in favour of a resolution put forward by more than 100 shareholders, supported by Market … Read More

Boral too slow to address climate risk

27 October 2020 Climate change risk was once again on the agenda at Boral’s annual general meeting today, as it has been since 2017. Despite the clear expectations set by shareholders over these past years, Boral progress on addressing both the physical and transitional risks climate change poses to its … Read More