Abrahams v. Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Year opened: 2017
Status: Decision pending
Jurisdiction: Australia
Principle law(s): Corporations Act of 2001
Mitigation/adaptation: Mitigation


Shareholders of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia sued the bank, alleging that it violated the Corporations Act of 2001 with the issuance of its 2016 annual report, which failed to disclose climate change-related business risks—specifically including possible investment in the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine. The bank has made no indication that it would report on these risks or disclose its plans for managing them in 2017. The shareholders asked the Federal Court of Australia for a declaration that the bank has violated the 2001 Act and for an injunction either “restraining the bank from continuing to fail to report” on climate change-related risks and its responses, or requiring the bank to report on them.

Core objective(s): Bank's alleged failure to disclose climate change-related risks of its investments
Side A: Abrahams (Individual)
Side B: Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Corporation)
  • Undecided (Federal Court of Australia)
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