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about RBS

RBS was founded in 1727 and is one of the major UK banks. RBS has 40 million customers using the financial services of over 30 brands, including NatWest, Direct Line, Churchill, Coutts, Ulster Bank and Citizens.

After a massive bailout in 2008, RBS is now a UK government owned institution. In 2014 RBS embarked on a restructuring process that will see the bank operate mainly in the UK and Ireland by 2019. The strategy is expained here.


ownership
listed on London Stock Exchange

RBS has been effectively nationalised by the UK government, who has taken an 85 per cent share in the bank in 2008. Currently it still holds around 73 per cent of the shares. 


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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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voluntary initiatives:

investment policies of RBS

RBS investment policies can be found here.

RBS Sustainable Procurement Code
Jun 26, 2016 | Royal Bank of Scotland
RBS Environment Statement
Jul 22, 2015 | Royal Bank of Scotland
Forestry, Fisheries and Agribusiness Sectors
Environmental, Social and Ethical Risk Policy Summary
Jun 25, 2015 | RBS
Oil & Gas Sector
Environmental, Social and Ethical Risk Policy Summary
Aug 20, 2014 | Royal Bank of Scotland
Mining & Metals Sector
Environmental, Social and Ethical Risk Policy Summary
Aug 20, 2014 | Royal Bank of Scotland
Defence Sector
Environmental, Social and Ethical Risk Policy
Aug 20, 2014 | Royal Bank of Scotland
Power Sector
Environmental, Social and Ethical Risk Policy Summary
Aug 20, 2014 | Royal Bank of Scotland
RBS Group Position on Human Rights
Aug 20, 2014 | RBS

equator principles
RBS has adopted the Equator Principles. For more information on how RBS implements the Equator Principles go to the Equator page of RBS.

human rights
True leader Front runner Follower Laggard
BankTrack has assessed RBS on its implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. RBS is assessed as a Follower, with a total score of 5/12.
PolicyDue dil.ReportingRemedy
3/31.5/30.5/30/3
For more details, see Banking with Principles? 2016 update.
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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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RBS and the Equator Principles

Implementation and reporting

RBS is reporting on the implementation here.


Contact and complaints

Equator Principles dodgy deals
dodgy deals on record
Sakhalin II oil and gas project
Russian Federation
The Sakhalin II project in the Russian Far East is said by project sponsors to be the largest integrated oil and gas project in the world.  The project  involves three…

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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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Bauxite mine Niyamgiri Hills
India
On October 5th, 2004 an official agreement was signed between the Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) and Sterlite Industries, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc, for the…
Cerrejón coal mine
Colombia
The Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia, is the largest in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. Its steady expansion since its founding in 1976…
Great Barrier Reef Coal & Gas Exports
Australia
Australia is on the verge of an unprecedented coal boom. The epicentre of this expansion is the yet-to-be-developed Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. Galilee is the proposed…
Hazelwood coal fired-power station
Australia
Hazelwood power station and mine are located in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, 150 km east of Melbourne in Australia. The 1,542 megawatt brown coal-fired power station is supplied…
Madagascar tar sands
Madagascar
Located in the western Melaky region of Mahajanga pronvince are the two most developed tar sands projects of Madagascar, named Bemolanga and Tsimiroro. The size of both fields…
Mountain top removal coal mining
United States
Mountain top removal (MTR) mining is a form of strip mining in which coal companies use explosives to blast as much as 800 to 1,000 feet off the tops of mountains order to…
Offshore Detention Centres
Australia
Australia's system of privatised, offshore detention centres (ODCs) for asylum seekers, on remote Pacific islands, is an ongoing human rights catastrophe. Spanish company…
Shwe gas and pipelines projects
Myanmar
The ‘Shwe' (meaning ‘golden' in Burmese) projects entail exploitation of underwater natural gas deposits off the coast of western Burma's Arakan State and dual…
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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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BankTrack has identified controversial issues with the companies listed below that require attention from RBS.

Alpha Natural Resources
United States
Alpha Natural Resources is a large American producer of metallurgical and thermal coal. It also provides services relating to equipment repairs, road construction and logistics…
Anglo American
United Kingdom
Anglo American is a British multinational mining company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's largest producer of platinum, with around 40% of world…
Arch Coal
United States
Arch Coal is an American coal mining and processing company. The company mines, processes, and markets bituminous and sub-bituminous coal with low sulfur content in the United…
Areva
France
Created in 2001 and 90% owned by the French state, this multinational conglomerate boasts of interests in every aspect of nuclear power from uranium mining to nuclear fuel…
BHP Billiton
Australia
BHP Billiton is the world's largest mining company. It occupies significant positions in major commodity businesses, including aluminium, energy coal and metallurgical coal,…
Coal India
India
Coal India is the biggest coal producer worldwide, majority-owned by the government of India. It was created in the 1970's when India's coal mining industry was nationalised…
DTEK
Ukraine
DTEK is an Ukranian energy holding company. It is the largest private vertically integrated energy holding in Ukraine. It was established in 2005 and is an association of…
EDF
France
Like its rival and fellow French multinational AREVA, Électricité de France (EDF) is one of the biggest players in the global energy game. In fact, with more…
Enel
Italy
Enel is Italy's largest power company and Europe's second largest according to its generating capacity. Its interests stretch beyond Italy to 40 countries on four continents.…
ENGIE
France
ENGIE (known as GDF SUEZ until April 2015) is the largest independent power producer in the world. In 2013 it operated 600 power plants worldwide. It had 113.7 GW of installed…
EPH
Czech Republic
EPH (Energetický a Průmyslový Holding) is a Czech Republic based company currently investing mainly in the energy sector in Central Europe. The group's business…
ESKOM
South Africa
Eskom is the world's eleventh-largest power utility in terms of generating capacity and ranks ninth in terms of sales. In 2011 it had an installed generating capacity of…
Glencore
Switzerland
Glencore plc (formerly Glencore Xstrata) is an Anglo-Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company. The company was created through a merger of Glencore with Xstrata…
Jindal Steel & Power
India
Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) is one of India's major steel producers with a significant presence in sectors like mining, power generation and infrastructure. It…
Lockheed Martin
United States
Lockheed Martin is one of the worlds largest arms-producing and military services companies. It is a global security company engaged in the research, design, development,…
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
India
National Thermal Power Corporation is the largest electricity producer in India. In 2014, its total installed capacity was of 42,964 MW (including 5,974 MW through Joint…
Rio Tinto
Australia
Rio Tinto is a mining and exploration company involved in each stage of metal and mineral production and processing. Rio Tinto is one of the largest publicly listed mining…
Royal Dutch Shell
Netherlands
Royal Dutch Shell plc is a public limited company registered in England and Wales and headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands. The group operates in upstream, downstream…
RWE
Germany
RWE is Europe's second largest electricity generator and one of Europe's five leading gas and electricity companies. Founded in 1898, the company is active in the generation,…
Vattenfall
Sweden
Sweden's state-owned Vattenfall is Europe's sixth largest generator of electricity and largest producer of heat. In 2013, Vattenfall's total installed capacity across all…
Vinci
France
  Vinci is a leading company involved in concessions and construction, and has operations in around 100 countries.  It employs an estimated 180,000 people…
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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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image
headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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pictures
RBS AGM 2011 Apr 18, 2011

RBS protests pictures Apr 29, 2010

videos

Banking while Borneo burns: top five banks fuelling climate change
Oct 02, 2013 - The Global Justice Now (formerly World Development Movement) calling for UK companies to make public the carbon emissions of the fossil fuel extraction they finance, as well as having to report their direct carbon emissions. Under new rules coming into force on October 1 2013, firms must disclose information such as energy use and petrol consumption in their annual reports. But the UK's top five banks helped fossil fuel companies raise GBP170 billion between 2010 and 2012. This must be limited if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.

RBS protest tar sand finance - in a song..
Dec 15, 2011 - Campaign video on tar sands investment of RBS

curing RBS of its oil addiction
Aug 29, 2011 - Short video on campaign on RBS and their investments in oil/tar sands

Curing RBS its oil addiction
Aug 29, 2011 - Campaign to clean up the bailed out banks like RBS

Protests at RBS AGM
Apr 21, 2011 - Protesters dressed as oil addicted bankers demonstrate outside the Royal Bank of Scotland AGM in Edinburgh.

Dirty Money
Mar 21, 2011 - Research group PLATFORM launches a new report 'Dirty Money - Corporate greenwash and RBS coal finance'.

A Sticking Point
Feb 01, 2011 - Poker-face as you've never heard it in a place you've never seen it - how to close the Royal Bank of Scotland with songs and superglue.

Cleaning up the Royal Bank of Scotland
Sep 30, 2010 - short video about activities around the RBS Annual General Meeting earlier this year

What's wrong with RBS
Aug 30, 2010 - Platform's Kevin Smith and Hannah from Corporate Watch explain why they campaign against RBS

Trojan pig makes a mess at Cairn energy
Aug 26, 2010 - a three min video of people carrying a 'trojan piggy' bank to RBS-financed Cairn Energy HQ (who are currently drilling in arctic Greenland) and covering it in oil

Mel Evans about Platform and BankTrack
May 19, 2010 - Video shot during the BankTrack annual meeting in Zuerich, January 2010.

BBC item on RBS AGM 2010
Apr 29, 2010 - involving protest of local UK groups

Lawsuit on RBS on channel 4
Jul 07, 2009 - item on channel 4 news describing lawsuit on UK government support for RBS

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headquarters
Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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Gogarburn 175 Glasgow Road
EH12 1HQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom
supervisor
Bank of England
CEO/chair
Ross McEwan
Group Chief Executive
 
banktrack contact

Ric Lander, Friends of the Earth Scotland


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