Rio Tinto investors baulk at climate risk management

9 May 2019 The vast majority of Rio Tinto’s investors – which includes just about every super fund in Australia – today failed to ensure the company acts to manage down its exposure to climate change risk. A Market Forces-coordinated shareholder resolution was put to Rio Tinto’s annual general meeting … Read More

Caltex – out of line & out of time

Anyone watching the presentation on sustainability at Caltex annual general meeting (AGM) today would think the company, the petroleum brand of Chevron, is earnest about tackling emissions. Chairman Steven Gregg insisted that Caltex is acting in line with the Paris Agreement and taking our global climate emergency seriously. However, a … Read More

AMP Chairman: “My opinions about climate change are irrelevant”

Ms Coral Bleach at AMP's 2019 AGM in Sydney

2 May 2019 Last year, AMP appointed this man as its new Chairman: With a history of climate-sceptic comments like this, it’s unsurprising that Murray was challenged over his views on climate change at AMP’s annual general meeting in Sydney today. He was given every opportunity to redeem himself when … Read More

Op-ed: Investors must reject climate denial on boards, starting with AMP

Market Forces in the media Will van de Pol, Renew Economy 30 April 2019 Climate change is already dominating the federal election campaign, as Messrs Morrison and Shorten dodge and weave protesters, aghast that either major party’s policy could still allow for massive new coal mines like Adani’s Carmichael project. … Read More

Tell your super fund: Vote for climate action!

April 2019 Through your retirement savings, you can have a say in how many Australian companies are run. Tell your super fund to vote for climate action from corporate Australia. Market Forces has worked with shareholders to put climate action on the agenda at three major Australian company meetings coming … Read More

QBE dumps thermal coal due to global warming

QBE Sydney Market Forces action 2018

2 April 2019 On Saturday, Australia’s biggest coal underwriter (insurer) took the positive step of committing to phase out its entire thermal coal business by 1 January 2030. QBE also ruled out providing insurance to any new thermal coal mine, power plant or transport network from 1 July 2019, and … Read More

Incitec Pivot: 4°C warming = selling more fertiliser

December 2018 Incitec Pivot is an Australian multinational corporation that manufactures fertiliser, explosives, chemicals, and delivers mining services. At its annual general meeting yesterday, chairman Paul Brasher was asked if the board support the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Brasher refused to take a stance saying: “Our position is … Read More

Nothing explosive about Orica’s climate disclosures

Orica AGM

Orica provide explosives, blasting and tunnelling services to the mining, oil and gas, and construction industries. Unlike some of its industry peers, Orica’s published reports do give shareholders some sense of reality: the company accepts the science of climate change, recognises the need for scenario analysis, and this year began … Read More

ANZ: still not living up to its climate commitments

19 December 2018 Our Banking Royal Commission has exposed massive discrepancies between what Australia’s big four banks say and how they act. ANZ is a glaring example with chief executive Shayne Elliott and chairman David Gonski committing to both climate and human rights principles that the bank has not stuck … Read More