Karoon Gas: not quite the environmentalist it claims to be

30 November 2018 “We are at heart environmentalists,” CEO Robert Hosking of oil explorer and soon-to-be producer, Karoon Gas told shareholders at today’s annual general meeting in Melbourne.  The company, about to drill an offshore oil well in Peru that has a CO2 emissions potential of 110 million tonnes (that’s … Read More

Climate a hot issue at Bluescope Steel’s annual general meeting

Welding at steel mill

23 November 2018 “Our targets are based on the… Australian [emissions] requirement” chairman John Bevan told shareholders at Bluescope Steel’s annual general meeting (AGM) today in Sydney, where climate change was a hot topic. Whilst acknowledging support for the global Paris climate accord, the steel manufacturing giant said its emissions … Read More

Qube’s climate approach still contains little substance

Containers stacked at a shipping port

22 November 2018 Qube is Australia’s largest provider of import and export logistics services, with businesses in ports, bulk, logistics, infrastructure and property. After failing dismally in every aspect of climate related risk disclosure analysed in Market Forces’ latest Investing in the Dark research, Qube appears to finally have recognised the … Read More

Wesfarmers: still keeping investors in the dark

Wesfarmers AGM 2018 announcement screengrab

19 November 2018 Earlier this year, Market Forces released its Investing in the Dark research on climate risk disclosure among the top 100 ASX listed companies. Analysis revealed that Wesfarmers has made progress in: acknowledging the science of climate change classifying climate risk as a financial risk considering the risks … Read More

Fortescue Metals Group: Andrew Forrest’s twin pursuits are incompatible

Andrew Forrest at Fortescue AGM

15 November 2018 “We’ll be doing everything we can as a company to slow down climate change” Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) chairman Andrew Forrest told shareholders today. Forrest’s proclamation at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) was a respectable one, especially for a company that’s one of Australia’s major energy … Read More

Newcrest Mining confused about its own climate risks

Newcrest Lihir gold mine in Papua New Guinea

14 November 2018 “Newcrest is not a political party so it doesn’t necessarily take a position on whether the Paris accord is a good idea or a bad idea,” said Peter Hay, chairman of Newcrest Mining, at the company’s annual general meeting yesterday. “It’s up to the Australian people to … Read More

Climate change – low priority for Cooper Energy

8 November 2018 Cooper Energy – an Australian gas and oil exploration and production company – was questioned at its annual general meeting (AGM) today about how climate change would affect its business. Oil and gas companies are clearly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including global policy decisions … Read More