Deforestation is the second major cause of climate change, and a joint investigation by the Guardian, Greenpeace’s Unearthed and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, UK banks and financial institutions have provided more than $2bn US (£1.5bn) in financial backing in recent years to Brazilian beef companies linked to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.


Financial data between January 2013 and May 2019 shows that HSBC underwrote over $2bn in bonds for two of the worst meat companies operating on illegally deforested land, and they also hold shares in the third worst company covered in the report.


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