BankTrack & WWF review social & environmental policies of 39 banks - only 8 have public human rights policies: ABN AMRO, Barclays, HBOS, ING, Rabobank, Société Général, Standard Chartered, Westpac

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Author: Terra Actualidad - Europa Press

Si los bancos fueran alumnos, la mayoría suspendería el examen de sostenibilidad, según se desprende de los datos de un estudio elaborado por BankTrack, una coalición de ONG...entre 39 bancos de todo el mundo...La investigación...se centra especialmente en el impacto de los Principios de Ecuador (EP) en el sector bancario, ya que casi el 75% de los bancos los ha firmado...los mejores 'alumnos' resultar ser, en este informe, ABN AMRO...y el HSBC Group...En términos generales, el nivel de los resultados fue muy bajo...[incluyendo en] Derechos Humanos, cambio climático y energía, personas en exclusión, industrias extractivas, transparencia y sistemas de gestión de aspectos ambientales y sociales.

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26 January 2006

Banks failing environment and social standards - New report by BankTrack and WWF on bank policies

Author: BankTrack, WWF

The report, Shaping the Future of Sustainable Finance: Moving the Banking Sector from Promises to Performance, ranked the financing policies of 39 international banks across 13 issue areas, from climate change to human rights...Of the 39 banks surveyed, the report only found two cases where bank policies meet all or most of the relevant international standards or best practices, Rabobank’s adoption of the UN Draft Norms on Human Rights and HSBC’s adoption of the World Commission on Dams standards. The study also found...that the vast majority of banks have no human rights guidelines. The banks surveyed were: ABN AMRO, Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil, Banco Itaú, Barclays, BBVA, BNDES, BNP Paribas, Bank of America, Calyon [part of Credit Agricole], CIBC, Citigroup, Credit Suisse Group, Deutsche Bank, Dexia, Dresdner Bank [part of Allianz], HBOS, HSBC Group, HVB Group, ING Group, JP Morgan Chase, KBC, Korean Development Bank, Manulife, MCC, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi [part of Mitsubishi UFJ], Mizuho Financial Group, Rabobank Group, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scotia Bank, Société Général, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, UBS, Unibanco, Wells Fargo, West LB, and Westpac [also refers to Shell]

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1 January 2006

[PDF] full report: "Shaping the Future of Sustainable Finance - Moving from Paper Promises to Performance"

Author: BankTrack, WWF

By the end of 2005, only eight banks had publicly adopted a human rights policy: ABN AMRO, Barclays, HBOS, ING, Rabobank, Société Général, Standard Chartered and Westpac...Only Rabobank has committed to follow the UN Norms and explicitly endorsed the Universal Declaration. ABN AMRO and Westpac do not reference the UN Norms, but do reference many of the most important conventions that are incorporated into the Norms. Barclays has perhaps the most curious relationship with the Norms...

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