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One of Australia's Big Four banks.
|Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd||AUS||website|
|Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd|
In 2018, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of B.
[Source 2018][More on Climate Change]
The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list is an extensive data-driven corporate sustainability assessment. The ranked companies are leaders in the field of a sustainable business approach. The efficiency of a company's energy, water, CO2 and waste management is measured in relation to its total sales volume. The disclosure of that information is a pre-condition for the assessment. This company ranked #4 in the 2016 Global 100.
[Source 2016][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This company received a score of 60.5/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
[Source 2017][More on Sustainability Reporting]
The Equator Principles (EPs) are a set of guidelines, based upon the Performance Standards and guidelines from the IFC, the World Bank's private sector lending arm for private banks to assess and mitigate risks in project finance. Banks use the Principles to guide internal operating procedures for transaction for specific projects. Although the EPs are an important step to raise overall standards of financiers and projects in the developing world, they currently fall short on transparency and governance requirements.
[Source 2018][More on Governance]
The 2018 report "Banking on Climate Change" analyses 36 banks and their financing of tar sands oil, Arctic oil, ultra-deepwater oil, LNG, coal mining, and coal-fired power between 2015 and 2017. This bank invested over US$1.5 billion and received a D- grade for its policies.
[Source 2018][More on Climate Change]
Banks play a critical role in enabling and sustaining fossil fuel projects. CommBank loaned $20.6 billion to dirty fossil fuel projects between 2008 and 2016, vastly overshadowing its lending to renewable energy.
[Source 2016][More on Climate Change]
Oxfam Australia's 2014 report, 'Banking on Shaky Ground - Australia's big four banks and land grabs', includes evidence that ANZ, Westpac, NAB and the Commonwealth Bank have backed companies that have contributed to illegal logging, forced evictions, inadequate compensation, food shortages and child labour. The Commonwealth Bank has invested in agribusiness giant Bunge, whose Brazilian sugar mill is sourcing sugar from people occupying land in defiance of Brazilian laws that determined the Indigenous people evicted for the sugar plantation are the true owners of the land. Oxfam's 2016 follow-up report shows that although Bunge allowed its contracts to expire, the
community have still not been able to return to their land. Also CBA has not reported on how it has responded to its
connection to five other land cases raised in the 2014 report.
[Source 2016][More on Human Rights]
The 2018 update of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons' (ICAN) global report, "Don't Bank on the Bomb" showed that 329 financial institutions from around the world invested into 20 companies involved in the production, maintenance and modernization of nuclear weapons. Since 2014 this financial institution invested over US$403 million into 5 of the 20 nuclear weapons producers named in the report.
[Source 2018][More on Nuclear]
The Forest 500 identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Rankings are based on their public policies and commitments and potential impacts on tropical forests in the context of forest risk commodities (palm oil, soya, beef, leather, timber, and pulp and paper). This financial institution received a score of 2/5.
[Source 2017][More on Forests]
In 2018 this company was ordered to refund a total of $16 million to 140,000 people after it admitted customers were sold insurance despite the fact that they were not eligible to make claims.
[Source 2018][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
In 2017 this company was ordered to refund more than $10 million to 75,000 people for insurance they should never have been charged. Consumer credit insurance, a type of add-on insurance sold with credit cards, personal loans, home loans and car loans, is promoted to borrowers to help them meet their repayments if they become sick, injured or involuntarily unemployed. But the Commonwealth Bank sold it to tens of thousands of customers who were unlikely to meet the necessary employment criteria for the policies, such as students and unemployed people, the regulator said.
[Source 2017][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
In 2016 the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)fined CommSec for breaching market integrity rules, including failing to properly disclose certain trading information to clients. CommSec also voluntarily refunded $1.1 million in brokerage to more than 25,000 clients.
[Source 2016][More on Governance]
In 2018 this company agreed to pay $25 million to settle an interest rate-rigging case brought by ASIC. As part of the in-principle settlement, CBA will admit that it attempted to engage in unconscionable conduct, and manipulated the bank bill swap rate (BBSW) five times between February and June 2012. The BBSW is the key rate the market uses to set all other lending rates, such as mortgages and credit cards.
[Source 2018][More on Finance]
Named and shamed in the 2010 CHOICE Shonky Awards. The Commonwealth Standard Awards card has been awarded a Shonky for its poor and sneaky rewards. Spending $12,000 per annum on will provide only $20 in flights rewards, assuming you spend on Amex (the value drops even further for Visa/MasterCard users). But the way the awards points are converted to Qantas Frequent Flier points is a low-flying jest. One point only equals half of one frequent flier and that salient fact is hidden away in some mighty small print.
[Source 2010][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Named and shamed in the 2014 CHOICE Shonky Awards. The Commonwealth Bank and it's BankWest subsidiary each received a Shonky for deceptive practices.
[Source 2014][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
According to the democracyforsale.net website, this company donated $828,938 to Australia's major political parties between 2012 and 2018, as disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commision (AEC).
[Source 2018][More on Politics]
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: responsible corporate engagement in climate policy.
[Source 2017][More on Climate Change]
This company was included in Bloomberg's 2019 Gender-Equality Index, a list of 230 companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women's equality in the workplace.
[Source 2019][More on Human Rights]
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|Company Structure||Public company|
|Address||Ground Floor, Tower 1, 201 Sussex St, Sydney, NSW, 2060, Australia|