Australian ESG Shareholder Resolutions

An open dataset of shareholder resolutions and statements on environmental or social issues that have been put to Australia's largest 200 public companies.

The following table sets out the history of shareholder resolutions and statements on environmental or social issues in Australia over the past two decades.

This table deals solely with the largest 200 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange – the ASX 200. If you are aware of any resolutions on environmental or social issues put in the last decade to a general meeting of ASX 200 company not listed in this table we would be very glad to hear from you.

YearCompanyCategoryType of resolutionResolution ContentLead FilerInstitutional CofilerResultReferences
2020Rio TintoGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces8.79% support48
2020Rio TintoClimate ChangeOrdinaryTransition planning disclosureMarket Forces36.93% support48
2020Rio TintoClimate ChangeOrdinaryClimate Related LobbyingACCRWithdrawn47
2020WoodsideGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR6.28% support46
2020WoodsideClimate ChangeOrdinaryParis goals and targetsACCR50.16% support46
2020WoodsideClimate ChangeOrdinaryClimate Related LobbyingACCR42.66% support46
2020WoodsideSocial EngagementOrdinaryCorporate Reputation AdvertisingACCR2.71% support46
2020SantosGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR6.68% support45
2020SantosClimate ChangeOrdinaryParis goals and targetsACCR43.39% support45
2020SantosClimate ChangeOrdinaryClimate Related LobbyingACCR46.35% support45
2019NABGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces5.84% support44
2019NABClimate ChangeOrdinaryTransition Planning DisclosureMarket Forces12.89% support44
2019NABClimate ChangeOrdinaryLobbying inconsistent with the goals of the Paris AgreementACCR15.07% support44
2019ANZGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces5.37% support43
2019ANZClimate ChangeOrdinaryTransition Planning DisclosureMarket Forces14.69% support43
2019ANZClimate ChangeOrdinaryLobbying inconsistent with the goals of the Paris AgreementACCR16.53% support43
2019WestpacGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces8.04% support42
2019WestpacClimate ChangeOrdinaryDisclosure of strategies and targets in relation to fossil fuel exposureMarket Forces16.9% support42
2019ColesGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR3.36% support41
2019ColesWorkers RightsOrdinaryFresh food supply chain practicesACCRLUCRF, St Columbans and Mercy Investment Services12.79% support41
2019BHPGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR9.54% support at the BHP Billiton Ltd AGM in Sydney40
2019BHPClimate ChangeOrdinaryLobbyingACCRCofE, Vision Super, MP Pension, ACTIAM, Grok Ventures29.58% support at the BHP Billiton Ltd AGM in Sydney, 22.16% support at the BHP Billiton PLC AGM in London40
2019QantasGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR3.42% support39
2019QantasHuman RightsOrdinaryHuman Rights RisksACCRMercy Investment Services23.56% support39
2019IAGGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces5.51%38
2019IAGClimate ChangeOrdinaryDisclosure of targets to reduce investment exposure in fossil fuelsMarket Forces11.5% support38
2019OriginGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces6.79% support37
2019OriginClimate ChangeOrdinaryTransition planning disclosureMarket Forces5.35% support37
2019OriginFPICOrdinaryFree, Prior and Informed ConsentACCR5.52% support37
2019OriginClimate ChangeOrdinaryPublic health risks of coal operationsACCR6.56% support37
2019OriginClimate ChangeOrdinaryParis goals and targetsACCR7.90% support37
2019OriginClimate ChangeOrdinaryLobbyingACCRwithdrawn37
2019SuncorpGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces4.19% support36
2019SuncorpClimate ChangeOrdinaryDisclosure of targets to reduce investment exposure in fossil fuelsMarket Forces8.7% support36
2019AGLGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces6.57% support35
2019AGLClimate ChangeOrdinaryTransition planning disclosureMarket Forces30.33% support35
2019AGLClimate ChangeOrdinaryPublic health risks of coal operationsACCR10.85% support35
2019Rio TintoGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces2.36% support34
2019Rio TintoClimate ChangeOrdinaryTransition planning disclosureMarket Forces6.00% support34
2019Rio TintoClimate ChangeOrdinaryPublic Policy advocacy on climate change and energy by Relevant Industry AssociationsACCRwithdrawn34
2019QBEGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces2.31% support33
2019QBEClimate ChangeOrdinaryExposure reduction targetsMarket Forces7.83% support33
2018Wagners Holding CompanyClimate ChangeSpecialManage company consistent with 2CGalilee Blockade4.36% support32
2018WestpacGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCRwithdrawn31
2018WestpacClimate ChangeOrdinaryPublic Policy advocacy on climate change and energy by Relevant Industry AssociationsACCRwithdrawn31
2018WoolworthsGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR5.79% support30
2018WoolworthsHuman RightsOrdinaryHuman Rights ReportingACCRLUCRF Super14.92% support30
2018QantasGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR4.26% support29
2018QantasHuman RightsOrdinaryHuman Rights Due DiligenceACCR6.43% support29
2018WhitehavenGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces9.71% support28
2018WhitehavenClimate ChangeOrdinaryClimate Risk DisclosureMarket Forces40.14% support28
2018WhitehavenClimate ChangeOrdinaryStrategy AlignmentMarket Forces2.79% support28
2018OriginGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR4.68% support27
2018OriginFPICOrdinaryFree, Prior and Informed consentACCR7.73% support27
2018OriginClimate ChangeOrdinaryInterim Emission TargetsACCR11.83% support27
2018OriginPolitical LobbyingOrdinaryPublic Policy advocacy on climate change and energy by Relevant Industry AssociationsACCR46.32% support27
2018QBEGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces9.12% support26
2018QBEClimate ChanageOrdinaryClimate risk disclosure (TCFD)Market Forces18.6% support26
2018Rio TintoGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR10.66% support25
2018Rio TintoPolitical LobbyingOrdinaryReview political lobbying through trade associationsACCRLocal Government Super, Church of England Pensions Board, The Seventh Swedish National Pension Fund (AP7)18.03% support25
2018SantosGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces4.00% support24
2018SantosMethaneOrdinaryAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces9.82% support24
2017Downer-EDIClimate ChangeSpecialAmend Constitution to ensure 2 degrees C max warming compatible management3.3% support23
2017BHPGovernanceSpecial2017 BHP Special - Governance Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCR7% support at the BHP Billiton Ltd AGM in Melbourne, 7.1% support at the BHP Billiton PLC AGM in London22
2017BHPPolitical LobbyingOrdinaryReview political lobbying through trade associationsACCR10% support at the BHP Billiton Ltd AGM in Melbourne, 7.8% support at the BHP Billiton PLC AGM in London22
2017WoolworthsGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsACCRResolution withdrawn prior to the meeting as a result of agreement with the company. 5.85% support
2017WoolworthsHuman RightsOrdinaryAddress human rights risks in the supply chainACCRLUCRF Super and NUWResolution withdrawn prior to meeting as a result of agreement with company.15.55% support
2017CBAClimate ChangeSpecialAmend Constitution to ensure 2° C max warming compatible managementMarket Forces2.9% support20
2017OriginGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsMarket Forces4.67% support19
2017OriginClimate ChangeOrdinaryClimate risk disclosure (TCFD)Market Forces13.77% support19
2017OriginClimate ChangeOrdinaryDisclose transition planningMarket Forces3.43% support19
2017OriginMethaneOrdinaryDisclose management of methane emissionsMarket Forces4.84% support19
2017OilsearchHuman RightsOrdinaryHuman rights compliance and reportingACCR6.2% support18
2017OilsearchClimate ChangeOrdinaryStrategic resilienceMarket ForcesWithdrawn at the meeting on the basis of commitments made beforehand.18
2017SantosGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisoryMarket Forces6.97% support17
2017SantosClimate ChangeOrdinaryTask Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”)Market ForcesProxy voting figures not disclosed at AGM17

Pre 2016

YearCompanyCategoryType of resolutionResolution ContentLead FilerResultReferences
2015OriginClimate ChangeSpecialDisclosure of emissions management, scenario exposure, public policy positionsCaroline Le Couteur, ACCR6.4% support and 1.5% absentions
2015AGLClimate ChangeSpecialPrepare business model to ensure profitability under pathways that limit the world to 2° C warming; and (b) disclosure power generation and supply chain emissions managementCaroline Le Couteur, ACCR5.1% support with 2.9% abstentions
2015ANZGovernanceSpecialAmend Constitution to permit advisory resolutionsCaroline Le Couteur, ACCR10.50% support
2015ANZClimate ChangeOrdinaryFinanced emissions disclosureCaroline Le Couteur, ACCRProxy voting results not disclosed
2014ANZClimate ChangeSpecialDisclose extent of financed emissionsCaroline Le Couteur, ACCR2.95% support
2014CBAClimate ChangeSpecialDisclose extent of financed emissionsCaroline Le Couteur, ACCR3.92% support
2014SantosClimate ChangeSpecialThe shareholders called for Santos to protect its reputation by withdrawing from the Narrabri Gas ProjectJess Lerch (The Wilderness Society)0.78% support11
2012WoolworthsGamblingSpecialAmend constitution to limit extent of involvement in electronic gaming machinesPaul Oosting, GetUP!2.5% support10a 10b
2011ANZClimate ChangeOrdinaryDisclose extent of financing of GHG emissionsTrevor Thomas, EthinvestNot considered9
2011OilsearchClimate ChangeOrdinaryAdopt goals to reduce carbon footprintHoward Pender, AIEWithdrawn8
2011WoodsideClimate ChangeSpecialDisclosure of assumptions about future carbon emissions permit pricingHoward Pender, AIE5.7% support7
2010PaladinClimate ChangeOrdinaryDisclosure of carbon emission footprintHoward Pender, AIENot considered6
2010Aquila ResourcesClimate ChangeOrdinaryDisclosure of carbon emission footprintHoward Pender, AIENot considered5
2003GunnsDeforestationSpecialAmend constitution to prohibit logging in particular areasN/A0.6% support4
2003BoralGovernanceOrdinaryInclude GRI style reporting with annual reportN/A5.7% support3
2003CBADeforestationSpecialProvide shareholders with a report on procedures for managing environmental risks particularly CBA financing logging of old-growth forestsN/A25% support2
2002NABDeforestationSpecialAmend the constitution to preclude involvement in logging old-growth forestsN/A20.5% support1
  1. Since 2002. In 1999 the Wilderness Society put resolutions to Wesfarmers and a uranium miner North Ltd.
  2. Excludes resolutions put by unions eg CFMEU to Rio Tinto in 2000, TWU resolutions to Boral in 2003 , FSU campaign to appoint a union member to the ANZ board in 2003, AWU resolutions to Bluescope Steel in 2004 & the FSU campaign to amend the CBA constitution in regard dealing with significant restructures in 2004. For further details of these union related resolutions see Anderson, K and Ramsey, I “From the picket line to the boardroom: union shareholder activism in Australia” 2005.