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Mark Carney under pressure over banks’ climate failures

The co-chair of the world’s largest “green alliance” of banks, Mark Carney, has tried to put a brave face on the failings of banks in addressing the climate crisis. But during cross-examination at the UK parliament’s environmental audit committee this week, the cracks showed.

Protesters in quebec protest RBC after greenwashing investigation

RBC under investigation for greenwashing!

Caught greenwashing red-handed?

Canada’s largest bank is having a pretty awful week. RBC is now being investigated by a federal agency over alleged ‘greenwashing’, which is vindication for campaigners who have been saying this for literally years.

Are Bloom and Wild REALLY sustainable?

Bloom and Wild is a huge UK-based flower delivery company. They’re one of the most sustainable…if you completely ignore their choice of bank. Bloom and Wild bank with Barclays.

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Everyone stop being mean to Dave

The Royal Bank of Canada is funding climate change, all on the watch of its CEO – Dave McKay. RBC is the 5th worst bank in the world (and the worst in Canada) for lending money to fossil fuel companies.

Coal is the worst. But US banks still love it

Here’s three things that are true:

  1. There’s no question, coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, pound for pound. It releases more damaging substances into the air than oil or gas.

The UN might dump a Canadian mega-bank

The Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s biggest bank and the 5th biggest funder of fossil fuels in the world – that’s $201.229 billion since 2016. A new report from Greenpeace Canada says that RBC’s terrible record is enough to get it (and other large Canadian banks) thrown out of the UN’s Net Zero club, which would be a serious hit to their reputation.

Day of Action calling on banks to stop propping up Putin’s war

Wednesday 24th was an important date. It marked 6 months since the start of the war and Ukrainian independence day. That’s why on Wednesday, thousands of people came together around the world to demand that banks like HSBC and Citi cut all financial ties with Putin’s Russia.

How HSBC is propping up Putin

If you work for HSBC, join your colleagues and have your say in the confidential staff survey now: https://rp38jmcm937.typeform.com/hsbc-russia

HSBC is propping up Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Citi is helping Vladimir Putin

(Updated on Friday August 19th to include link to letter to Citi CEO)

Citi are propping up Putin’s war. Here’s how:

Citi is a giant US bank, and its involvement with the Russian economy – and Putin – is the largest among all US banks.

Citi, HSBC, JP Morgan and Credit Agricole – war criminals?

The Ukrainian government is accusing four major banks of war crimes for their continued funding of business with Russian fossil fuels. Citi, HSBC, JP Morgan and Crèdit Agricole are lending billions of dollars a year to fossil fuel companies.

New research: Banks have arranged $2.7 trillion for fossil fuels

Here’s the press release with all the major facts and figures you need:

New research shows that underwriting coal, oil & gas bonds is a glaring loophole in banks’ net-zero targets

  • Banks have underwritten $2.7 trillion worth of coal, oil and gas bonds since the 2015 Paris climate agreement. 

HSBC staff speak out anonymously on climate

Why are staff speaking out?

The science couldn’t be clearer, we simply cannot have any more NEW fossil fuel drilling to keep to a safe world. Yet, HSBC is the worst funder of new fossil fuel project companies in Europe, that’s billions of dollars a year to the companies accelerating the climate crisis.

Some big wins in climate you haven’t heard about!

There are plenty of wins happening across the world in the fight to get bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects. Here’s a few of the biggest:

Pressure on Crédit Agricole

Right now, French banking giant Crédit Agricole lends billions of dollars a year to fossil fuel companies.

Crashing RBC’s golf tournament

Quick question: what’s the best way to get the attention of the Royal Bank of Canada’s CEO?

Answer: Take his giant inflatable head to a golf tournament he’s sponsoring.

Raids at the Deutsche Bank offices

If you think we’re serious about taking on greenwashing by slapping HSBC on the wrist for misleading ads, you should see what they’re doing in Germany. German police raided HQs of Deutsche Bank (and a Deutsche Bank subsidiary called DWS) because they’re under investigation for lying about how green their investments are.

‘Who cares if Miami is six metres under water in 100 years?’

Stuart Kirk clearly misread the crowd. He did a public presentation at an event called Moral Money, where he said everything you can imagine a Head of Responsible Investment for HSBC shouldn’t say about climate.

Read the letter sent to the CEO of HSBC

Here’s the letter written to Noel Quinn, HSBC’s CEO, about Stuart Kirk’s presentation called “Why investors need not worry about climate risk”. In the talk he said “There’s always some nut job telling me about the end of the world”, “Climate change is not a financial risk that we need to worry about” and “Who cares if Miami is six metres underwater in 100 years?”.

Big win at Deutsche Bank’s AGM

Deutsche Bank’s AGM was a huge target for climate activists around the world. And boy, that target was smashed to smithereens!

All the pressure resulted in Deutsche Bank pulling a bunch of financial support out of the gigantic Whitehaven Coal Mine in Australia.

What’s the best way to crash a banking ‘sustainability’ conference?

The CEOs of Barclays and HSBC were talking at a sustainability event in the heart of London. They were there to talk about how they’re going to reach net zero by 2050, and why they’re solving the climate crisis.

To Barclays bosses – sorry for ruining your AGM

Barclays’ bosses must have had a serious headache after their AGM, and not just because activists set off the alarms.

Barclays are the largest funder of fossil fuels in Europe, and seventh largest in the world.

HSBC’s AGM did not go to plan 🤭

HSBC had a really tough day on AGM Friday. And it’s because of people and campaigners around the UK landed two big blows.

🤫 PS.

Shareholders tell Credit Suisse to clean up fossil fuel funding

What an incredible result. A quarter of Credit Suisse (CS) shareholders are telling CS to clean up on climate by voting against management and demanding a fossil fuel funding phase out.

🤯 Shareholders hold fossil banks’ feet to the fire

AGMs are meant to be where CEOs boast about their profits and give each other high fives. But this was something different. Three of the biggest fossil fuel funders in the world had their AGMs today – and shareholders are sending a clear message that they need to sort it out.

Yale students crash a fossil fuel professor’s lecture

This is a guest post by the activists at Yale Endowment Justice Coalition, who confronted their professor and Citi board member, Ernesto Zedillo today:

This morning, we at the Yale Endowment Justice Coalition, confronted Professor Ernesto Zedillo about Citigroup’s fossil fuel holdings.