Qantas refuses to commit to UN guiding principles on human rights

26 October 2018 It was a circus at the Qantas annual general meeting (AGM) in Brisbane today. Following protests outside the meeting, Australia’s flagship airline faced a shareholder resolution lodged by the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility. It called on Qantas to stop assisting in the deportation of asylum seekers and … Read More

IAG still won’t commit to divest from coal

26 October 2018 “We are feeling the effects of climate change already: we see it in our own industry’s data, which tells us an inescapable truth.” That was CEO Peter Harmer today at Insurance Australia Group (IAG’s) annual general meeting (AGM). His company used the meeting to launch a ‘climate … Read More

South32 ‘getting out of coal’ by investing millions into it

25 October 2018 For a global mining group, South32 has been ahead of its peers not only in their willingness to accept climate science, but also in publicly disclosing the risks the business faces. The company even set an emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050 – not bad … Read More

APA’s pipeline is “head of the snake that is the Pilliga project”

APA protest at 2018 AGM group shot

25 October 2018 “We’re just the truck to get the eggs to market after they’ve been laid,” APA chairman Michael Fraser told a concerned landowner at the gas infrastructure company’s annual general meeting today. Western Plains farmer David Chadwick replied: “We don’t see APA’s pipeline as a chicken-carrier but as … Read More

Aurizon doesn’t want to become ‘public enemy number one’

18 October 2018 Aurizon’s relationship with Indian coal mining giant Adani dominated question time at its annual general meeting in Brisbane today. Last month, Adani proposed a shorter rail line that would link its proposed Carmichael mega mine in the Galilee Basin to Aurizon’s existing Central Queensland Coal Network. “Would … Read More

Paris climate goals not on the menu at Treasury Wines

18 October 2018 Wildfires tore through the Napa Valley in October 2017, devastating the Californian wine industry. As the hills went up in flames, the estates owned and operated by Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) miraculously survived with only minor damage. The fires, widely linked to climate change, were a focus … Read More

Orora yet to fully unpack climate change risk

16 October 2018 Even if you’ve never heard of Orora, you’ve probably come across the company before. You might have used their packaging when drinking beer or a bottle of wine – they’re a large packaging company that produce glass bottles, aluminum cans, and other packaging equipment. They’re also one … Read More

Climate risk disclosure: Transurban still in the slow lane

“…we don’t consider it [climate change] to be one of the significant business risks or financial risks for Transurban” Marcus Laithwaite, auditor   11 October 2018 You might not have heard of the company, but chances are you’ve driven on one of their roads.  Transurban operates major tollways in Australia … Read More

Magellan can’t see risks to its own business

Magellan Financial Group’s (MFG) deputy investment officer Dominico Giuliano recently made statements in the media about the need for accurate climate risk disclosure. At its annual general meeting (AGM) today, however, the company seemed to think that climate change risks didn’t apply to them Serious oversight Earlier this year, Giulano publicly scolded some … Read More

Meeting Paris Agreement goals is not a matter for ASX board

4 October 2018  With its high proportion of coal and gas producers, the ASX All Australian 50 index has been rated the most exposed market to potential stranded [fossil fuel] assets. These are coal, oil and gas reserves that cannot be burnt if we want to stay well below two degrees … Read More