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BHP’s millions for Minerals Council speak louder than words

Commenting on a report that BHP will not support the Minerals Council of Australia’s bid to strip environmental groups of their ability to advocate for policy change, Executive Director of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) Brynn O’Brien said:

“BHP remains the Minerals Council of Australia’s biggest funder. While this is the case, it should expect to be held to account by shareholders for using their money to bankroll the MCA’s advocacy efforts, including their obstructive and misleading public policy positions on climate change and energy, and their attacks on civil society.

“MCA has been a toxic drag on Australian public debate and democracy. They have played a leading role in this country’s last decade of climate policy failure.

“Proper scrutiny of corporate payments to coal lobbyists would advance both local and global progress on climate and energy policy. BHP shareholders have an opportunity to get this work underway at BHP’s AGM by voting in favour of ACCR’s resolution.”

The ACCR BHP shareholder resolution will be heard at BHP’s Australian AGM on 16 November. It calls for the termination of paid membership of industry bodies like the MCA that have demonstrated a pattern of advocacy on policy issues at odds with the company’s positions over the period 2012 to the present day.

View the resolutions and supporting statements with references here.

CONTACT
Brynn O’Brien ACCR Executive Director +61 423 951 316
Brami Jegan Holdfast Communications  +61 448 276 945

 

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The Minerals Council of Australia strikes again – kills off Clean Energy Target in Australia: ACCR

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to drop his Chief Scientist’s key recommendation of a Clean Energy Target is another win for the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the biggest funder of which is BHP,” said Brynn O’Brien, Executive Director of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR).

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$430 billion CalPERS to support BHP shareholder resolution at UK AGM: ACCR

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the US will vote in favour of shareholder resolutions proposed by the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR).  CalPERS assets at the end of the fiscal year stood at roughly AU$430 billion.

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ACCR on resignation of MCA CEO Brendan Pearson

Commenting on the sudden resignation of Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) CEO Brendan Pearson, Executive Director of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) Brynn O’Brien said:

“Brendan Pearson’s resignation is a hopeful sign that there is pressure on the MCA to chart a new course. However, the roots of climate and energy obstructionism within the MCA run deeper than one individual.

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