Shareholder Action 2017

Market Forces is working with shareholders to put climate change on the agenda of Australia’s biggest companies, and getting some great results. Below are some highlights from annual general meetings held so far in the second half of 2017. We’ll be updating this page as AGM season ramps up throughout … Read More

ANZ doesn’t intend for coal exposure to increase

19 December 2017 Climate change was a popular topic at ANZ’s annual general meeting (AGM) today in Sydney. Even before the meeting started, shareholders were greeted by Santa and some elves, who were handing out fliers highlighting ANZ’s fossil fuel lending. Inside the meeting Chairman David Gonski addressed the issue … Read More

Westpac rules out Abbot Point terminal

8 December 2017 Westpac today all but confirmed it would not refinance the Abbot Point coal terminal, striking another blow to the crippled Adani coal mine. Climate related questions dominated the opening of question time at the bank’s annual general meeting in Sydney, revealing a lack of awareness around its … Read More

AWE & Horizon oil- flying blind

24 November 2017 We found out today at their respective annual general meetings that both AWE and Horizon Oil do not classify climate risk as a material business risk, despite both companies’ business models relying on continued fossil fuel exploration and production. Horizon Oil CEO admitted to shareholders that climate … Read More

South32: More To Do On Climate Risk Disclosure

PERTH, 23 November 2017 At its annual general meeting in Perth today, mining company South32 came under pressure from shareholders about its reluctance to take more substantial action on climate change. Earlier this year, South32 became the first mining company in Australia, and quite possibly the world, to publish a … Read More

Beach Energy: leaking mercury

23 November 2017 In response to shareholder questioning at today’s Beach Energy AGM in Adelaide, the company’s board confirmed it would consider adopting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations by the end of 2018, noting that much more work needed to be done. Shareholders also asked if … Read More

Protestors meet shareholders outside New Hope AGM

20 November 2017 At last week’s New Hope annual general meeting, protesters from Lock the Gate, Great Sandy Strait Saviours and the Oakey Coal Action Alliance met shareholders out the front to point out that company money was being wasted on public relations and legal battles over the Acland Stage … Read More

Wesfarmers shareholders want actions to match the board’s words

17 November 2017 Yesterday afternoon, consumer staples giant Wesfarmers held their annual general meeting (AGM) in Perth. The AGM saw a big turn-out of more than 2000 shareholders who questioned the board on issues ranging from accountability, risk disclosure, human rights, climate change and executive remuneration. Wesfarmers identifies climate change … Read More