QBE leaves door open to oil and gas phase out

Bush fire in Queensland

QBE Insurance faced a barrage of questions as well as a shareholder resolution calling for the company to set targets to phase out its exposure to all fossil fuels at its annual general meeting on Thursday 9 May. Although QBE took a big step forward in March when it committed … Read More

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

Media Release: Market Forces welcomes QBE’s end to coal finance

Saturday 30 March, 2019: The announcement today by Australia’s largest insurer, QBE, to end its support for the coal industry has been welcomed by environmental finance group Market Forces. “QBE’s decision to withdraw insurance from the coal industry is business and environmental good sense,” said Market Forces campaigner Pablo Brait. … Read More

Shareholders pressure QBE to end fossil fuel support

Market Forces campaigner Pablo at QBE's Sydney headquarters about to lodge shareholder resolution 2019

Today, shareholders coordinated by Market Forces together with the $2.85 billion investment manager Australian Ethical, lodged a resolution calling on QBE Insurance to set targets that reduce its investment in and underwriting of coal, oil and gas companies, in line with keeping global warming below 1.5C. This move comes off … Read More

QBE shareholders: take action!

Tell QBE you want them to adopt your shareholder resolution on phasing out fossil fuels 5 March 2019 Today, thanks to you, we lodged a shareholder resolution for QBE’s annual general meeting co-filed with Australian Ethical, an investment manager with $2.85 billion under management. They’ve joined our call for QBE … Read More

QBE‘s climate credibility up in smoke

Electricity Pylons and smoke stacks

25 February 2019 QBE’s 2018 annual report, released today, disappointingly reveals the insurer will be doing absolutely nothing about its support for dirty fossil fuels for at least two more years – shredding any credibility the company had left when it comes to managing climate risk. This is despite its … 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