Resolution Voting History

SHAREHOLDER – RESOLUTION VOTING HISTORY

The following table set out the history of shareholder resolutions and statements on environmental or social issues in Australia over the past decade. No resolution was put multiple years in a row as is standard US practice, and no resolution was sponsored by a church or religious group.

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.

 

Year Company Category Type of resolution Content and comment number Lead Filer Result References
2018 Origin Governance Special Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions ACCR 9.71% support 27
2018 Origin FPIC Ordinary Free, Prior and Informed consent ACCR 7.73% support 27
2018 Origin Climate Change Ordinary Interim Emission Targets ACCR 11.83% support 27
2018 Origin Political Lobbying Ordinary Public Policy advocacy on climate change and energy by Relevant Industry Associations ACCR 46.32% support 27
2018 QBE Governance Special Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions Market Forces 9.12% support  26
2018 QBE Climate Chanage Ordinary Climate risk disclosure (TCFD) Market Forces 18.6% support  26
2018 Rio Tinto Governance Special Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions ACCR 10.66% support  25
2018 Rio Tinto Political Lobbying Ordinary Review political lobbying through trade associations ACCR 18.03% support  25
2018 Santos Governance Special Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions Market Forces 4.00% support  24
2018 Santos Methane Ordinary Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions Market Forces 9.82% support  24
2017 Downer-EDI Climate Change Special Amend Constitution to ensure 2 degrees C max warming compatible management 3.3% support 23
2017 BHP Governance Special 2017 BHP Special – Governance Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions Brynn O’Brien, ACCR 7% support at the BHP Billiton Ltd AGM in Melbourne, 7.1% support at the BHP Billiton PLC AGM in London 22
2017 BHP Political Lobbying Ordinary Review political lobbying through trade associations Brynn O’Brien, ACCR 10% support at the BHP Billiton Ltd AGM in Melbourne, 7.8% support at the BHP Billiton PLC AGM in London 22
2017 Woolworths Governance Special Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions Brynn O’Brien, ACCR Resolution withdrawn prior to the meeting as a result of agreement with the company. 5.85% support
2017 Woolworths Human Rights Ordinary Address human rights risks in the supply chain Brynn O’Brien, ACCR Resolution withdrawn prior to meeting as a result of agreement with company.15.55% support
2017 CBA Climate Change Special Amend Constitution to ensure 2° C max warming compatible management Julien Vincent, Market Forces 2.9% support  20
2017 Origin Governance Special Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions Daniel Gocher, Market Forces 4.67% support 19
2017 Origin Climate Change Ordinary Climate risk disclosure (TCFD) Daniel Gocher, Market Forces 13.77% support 19
2017 Origin Climate Change Ordinary Disclose transition planning Daniel Gocher, Market Forces 3.43% support 19
2017 Origin Methane Ordinary Disclose management of methane emissions Daniel Gocher, Market Forces 4.84% support 19
2017 Oilsearch Human Rights Ordinary Human rights compliance and reporting Brynn O’Brien, ACCR 6.2% support 18
2017 Oilsearch Climate Change Ordinary Strategic resilience Julien Vincent, Market Forces Withdrawn at the meeting on the basis of commitments made beforehand. 18
2017 Santos Governance Special Amend Constitution to permit advisory resolutions Julien Vincent, Market Forces 6.97% support 17
2017 Santos Climate Change Ordinary Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) Julien Vincent, Market Forces Proxy voting figures not disclosed at AGM 17
2015 Origin Climate Change Ordinary Disclosure of emissions management, scenario exposure, public policy positions Caroline Le Couteur, ACCR 6.4% support and 1.5% absentions
2015 AGL Climate Change Special Prepare business model to ensure profitability under pathways that limit the world to 2° C warming; and (b) disclosure power generation and supply chain emissions management Caroline Le Couteur, ACCR 5.1% support with 2.9% abstentions
2015 ANZ Climate Change Special Financed emissions disclosure Caroline Le Couteur, ACCR 10.50% support
2014 ANZ Climate Change Special Disclose extent of financed emissions Caroline Le Couteur (ACCR) 2.95% support
2014 CBA Climate Change Special Disclose extent of financed emissions Caroline Le Couteur (ACCR) 3.92% support
2014 Santos Climate Change Special The shareholders called for Santos to protect its reputation by withdrawing from the Narrabri Gas Project Jess Lerch (The Wilderness Society) 0.78% support 11
2012 Woolworths Gambling Special Amend constitution to limit extent of involvement in electronic gaming machines Paul Oosting (GetUP!) 2.5% support 10a
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2011 ANZ Climate Change Ordinary Disclose extent of financing of GHG emissions Trevor Thomas (Ethinvest) Not considered 9
2011 Oilsearch Climate Change Ordinary Adopt goals to reduce carbon footprint Howard Pender (ACCR) Withdrawn 8
2011 Woodside Climate Change Special Disclosure of assumptions about future carbon emissions permit pricing Howard Pender (ACCR) 5.7% support 7
2010 Paladin Climate Change Ordinary Disclosure of carbon emission footprint Howard Pender (ACCR) Not considered 6
2010 Aquila Resources Climate Change Ordinary Disclosure of carbon emission footprint Howard Pender (ACCR) Not considered 5
2003 Gunns Deforestation Special Amend constitution to prohibit logging in particular areas N/A 0.6% support 4
2003 Boral Governance Ordinary Include GRI style reporting with annual report N/A 5.7% support 3
2003 CBA Deforestation Special Provide shareholders with a report on procedures for managing environmental risks particularly CBA financing logging of old-growth forests N/A 25% support 2
2002 NAB Deforestation Special Amend the constitution to preclude involvement in logging old-growth forests N/A 20.5% support 1
  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.