Accelerating Australia’s transition to a low carbon economy, with Alex Hillman of ACCR

The Green Dream

Oct 6 2022 • 22 mins

In Ethical Investment Week 2022 we are highlighting the important work that is being done behind the scenes to create positive impact and improve corporate behaviour. So in this episode I am talking to Alex Hillman - a long term client and ethical investor, who works at ACCR. The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility are a philanthropically funded shareholder activist group. Self described as a Corporate Watchdog, they believe that limiting global warming to well below 2°C is in the interests of shareholders. Their mission is to deliver changes to the strategies of major listed companies, in Australia and globally, to decrease absolute, real world emissions, in line with the best available science. They do this through research and shareholder advocacy.

In this discussion with Alex, we talk about Woodside, Santos, Origin, BHP and AGL, and also how investors can get involved in making a difference with shareholder activism.

Alex has spent over a decade working in oil and gas, including five years as Woodside's climate change advisor. This has given him an understanding of the energy transition, LNG business models and technology, asset and company forecasting, climate policy, and climate reporting. Since starting work with ACCR, he has developed a keen interest in how climate change should be included in financial statements.

I hope you enjoy this special Ethical Investment Week 2022 discussion with Alex Hillman of ACCR .

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we recorded on, the Wardandi Noongar people. We pay our respects to them and their culture; and to elders past, present and emerging.

For more information about James Baird and JustInvest Financial Planning see: justinvest and ethicalinvestment.

You can check out ACCR here:

ACCR: https://www.accr.org.au/

ACCR’s Shareholder Hub: https://hub.accr.org.au/

AGL's Loy Yang Mine Closure: https://www.accr.org.au/news/agl-finally-reads-the-room-brings-forward-loy-yang-closure-by-10-years/

SMH Business Article - Woodside: https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/ex-woodside-insider-rejects-gas-industry-s-clean-fuel-net-zero-claims-20220211-p59voq.html