Westpac Carmichael announcement a boost for customers

5 May 2017 A new survey shows that for every Australian that disapproves of Westpac’s policy change that rules out finance for the Carmichael coal mine, three others approve. It also turns out that ruling out Carmichael finance could gain Westpac more customers than they are at risk of losing, making … Read More

Media Release: Westpac’s coal exclusion means no funding to Adani coal mine

Brisbane, 28 April 2017 Environmental finance campaigning organisation Market Forces has welcomed the climate change policy update released by Westpac today, which makes the bank the latest to rule out funding Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. The policy tightens the criteria for Westpac’s funding of new thermal coal mines, meaning the bank will … Read More

Exposing Westpac with new honest advertising

Westpac puts a lot of effort into building their brand, which includes talking up their sustainability credentials in their advertising. But in reality Westpac has lent billions to dirty fossil fuel projects, and is the only major Australian bank that hasn’t distanced itself from the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine. … Read More

Big banks loaned $10 billion to fossil fuels in 2016

6 March 2017 2016 was the first full year after the Paris agreement was signed, and since Australia’s big banks all committed to support the goal of holding global warming to well below 2ºC. So, how exactly did the banks go about backing up their 2°C commitments last year? Well, … Read More

Westpac’s marketing made a little bit more honest

29 January 2016 After years of heavy lending to new fossil fuel projects, and being the only “big four” bank to have failed to distance itself from the proposed Adani Carmichael mega coal mine, we decided it was about time the bank’s marketing caught up with the reality of their … Read More

Westpac tests the patience of ethical investors

9 December 2016 Westpac’s ‘clean and green’ image was shattered today at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Adelaide. It started outside the venue where a group of young people presented Westpac with a ‘climate hypocrite’ award for their bankrolling of dirty fossil fuel projects. The world famous fish ‘Nemo’ … Read More

Human rights are great but there’s money to make!

3 November 2016 Downer EDI provides engineering and mining infrastructure services to mining companies. In 2015 it was chosen as a contractor for Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. A coal mine that cannot go ahead if we are to give ourselves a chance of avoiding two … Read More