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A Greenpeace volunteer campaigns outside a branch of HSBC

HSBC promises to cut ties with forest-trashing palm oil companies

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 21 February 2017 at 5:09pm - Comments
A Greenpeace volunteer campaigns outside a branch of HSBC
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Greenpeace volunteers campaigned outside HSBC branches in the UK and other countries

There's been a major breakthrough in protecting Indonesia's forests: HSBC has committed to breaking its links to palm oil companies destroying forests and peatlands. This is a fantastic result for everyone who has been campaigning over the last few weeks, although the hard work doesn’t stop there. The real test now is how those words will be put into practice.

New HSBC ‘no deforestation’ policy first step towards sustainable palm oil finance

Last edited 21 February 2017 at 5:33pm

Global banks need to follow suit to save Indonesia’s rainforests

20 February, 2017

Monday 20th February, 2017, London – HSBC today published a new ‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’ policy covering its financing of palm oil companies. [1]

The move by HSBC – Europe’s largest bank and a major funder of palm oil companies – follows an investigation by Greenpeace International that linked it to companies destroying Indonesia’s rainforests. [2] Hundreds of thousands of people joined the campaign to change the bank’s policies, including 30,000 HSBC customers.

Annisa Rahmawati, forest campaigner for Greenpeace Indonesia, said:

30,000 HSBC customers call on their bank to stop funding deforestation.

Last edited 13 February 2017 at 11:43am
13 February, 2017

Monday 13th February, 2017, London – HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, is facing a consumer backlash from their customers over their ongoing financing of palm oil companies destroying Indonesia’s rainforest.

Three weeks ago[1] Greenpeace exposed how, despite having policies which they claim ‘prohibit the funding of deforestation’, HSBC have been financing some of the most destructive palm oil producers in Indonesia, responsible for destroying scarce orangutan habitat, labour abuses, and increasing fire risk through rainforest clearance and illegal drainage.

Since then, 120,000 people in the UK have signed our petition calling on HSBC to stop financing deforestation, including 30,000 HSBC customers.

HSBC: what they've said about funding deforestation, and why it's wrong

Posted by jamie — 8 February 2017 at 2:59pm - Comments
Bulldozers clearing peatland forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
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Bumitama, the company behind these bulldozers, received loans from HSBC despite breaching the bank's policies

Over three weeks ago, we exposed how HSBC is funding palm oil companies that are tearing up Indonesia's forests. Since then, thousands of emails have been sent to the CEO. Now HSBC is responding to those emails, but what it's saying is at times misguided, and other times just plain wrong.

HSBC boss grilled on Greenpeace campaign at Davos

Posted by Joe Sutherland — 25 January 2017 at 3:27pm - Comments

Last week we revealed that HSBC - the biggest bank in the UK - is funding palm oil companies who are destroying rainforests in Indonesia. People across the world have since demanded that HSBC stop its profit-hungry palm oil investments.

HSBC backs nuclear power in Indian earthquake zone

Posted by jamie — 11 May 2011 at 11:34am - Comments
Site of the proposed nuclear power station in Jaitapur, India
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Site of the proposed nuclear power station in Jaitapur, India

Two months ago, an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. This not only resulted in a huge natural disaster and humanitarian crisis, but also triggered an unprecedented man-made tragedy. And yet plans are afoot to build a nuclear power plant in another earthquake zone, this time in India.

Nestle won! HSCB next!

HSBC drops shares in forest trashing Sinar Mas

Posted by jamie — 8 July 2010 at 8:21am - Comments

Wahey, you've scored another victory! After receiving nearly 10,000 emails (and seeing some excellent spoof adverts), HSBC has sold its shares in Sinar Mas, one of the worst companies responsible for ripping up the Indonesian rainforest for palm oil and pulp plantations. It's fantastic news (as The Guardian was quick to agree) that has shone a light on the financial side of deforestation. And you made this happen - thanks!

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