Civil society to banks: get off fossil fuels!

15 September 2016 Over 100 civil society organisations and prominent Australians have signed an open letter, published today, that calls on Australia’s major banks to live up to their climate change commitments. The letter, signed by environmental and faith-based groups, unions, artists, writers, academics, health professionals, climate change scientists and … Read More

Westpac commits to action for “below 2 degrees”

11 December 2015 Westpac has today made a commitment to operate in line with an economy that limits global warming to below two degrees! CEO Brian Hartzer said to hundreds of shareholders in Sydney: Westpac is committed to operating, both directly and indirectly, in a manner consistent with supporting an … Read More

Commbank’s climate credentials don’t make it through Paris

7 December 2015 Well that was short lived! A month ago we were celebrating Commonwealth Bank’s new Group Environment Policy committing the bank to the goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees. For a moment, it looked like Commbank really got the issue of climate change and were even sticking their necks out … Read More

How does Westpac measure up on climate?

2 December 2015 We’re in a time of year usually defined by the United Nations climate change negotiations, currently underway in Paris. But we’re also in the middle of annual general meeting (AGM) season for Australia’s big banks, and a parade of glossy brochures and statements that update the banks’ policies … Read More