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urgewald is a German non-profit organisation, whose mission is to address the underlying causes of global environmental destruction and poverty. We monitor the activities of German companies and banks abroad and educate the German public about the negative impacts of our consumption patterns on people and nature in remote places.

urgewald works with affected communities and NGOs in the global South. Over the years, we worked for example with anti-nuclear campaigners from Eastern Europe, India or Brazil, indigenous people from Brazil, whose cultures are threatened by large plantation companies or farmers in India, who are being driven off their lands for big dams. We make sure their voices are heard - in meetings with decision-makers, at shareholder meetings, in the media or through public actions.

urgewald calls on international companies and banks to step back from destructive projects and to adopt binding environmental and social standards.Since 1992 urgewald works on the reform of international financial institutions (World Bank, export credit agencies, European Investment Bank, private and state banks) and has conducted a series of public and advocacy campaigns on development, environment and finance questions.

Since 1997 urgewald works on reforming the German export credit agency EulerHermes. Together with the German organisation WEED (World Economy, Ecology and Development) we initiated a coalition of more than 100 environment and development organisations calling for a reform of the so-called Hermes guarantees. The red-green government developed guiding principles for Hermes in 2001, with one very strong point: they excluded guarantees for nuclear exports. However, the center-right government starting work in 2009 abolished these guiding principles and accepted applications for nuclear exports again.

Urgewald worked over the years on the following projects for which guarantees were applied (but not always given): 3 Gorges dam in China, Maheshwar dam in India, Tehri dam in India, Ilisu dam in Turkey, Asian Pulp and Paper in Indonesia, nuclear power plants Angra 2 and 3 in Brazil, Olkiluoto 3 in Finland, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline between Azerbaijan and Turkey.



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Commerzbank
Commerzbank AG is Germany's second largest bank, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. Next to a large presence in the German banking market, Commerzbank has numerous branch…
Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank was founded in 1870 and is a leading global investment bank. It has operations throughout the world and has a strong presence in Germany and Europe. The bank´s…
GLS Bank
GLS Bank (Gemeinschaftsbank für Leihen und Schenken) was the first ethical bank in Germany. The bank has it's focus on cultural, social and environmental projects.
KfW IPEX-Bank
KFW IPEX-Bank is a subsidiary of the KfW banking group, and it is responsible for international project- and export finance. The bank competes directly with commercial banks,…


BankTrack contact:
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Van Galen Strasse 4
48336 Sassenberg
Germany
Angra 3 nuclear power plant
Brazil
Baltic nuclear power plant- Kaliningrad
Russian Federation
In 2008 the local government in Russian Kaliningrad region and the Russian state-owned nuclear power corporation "Rosatom" announced a plan to build two nuclear reactors…
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…
Jaitapur nuclear power plant
India
The Jaitapur project plans to host two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) of 1,650 MWe each, with possible extension by four additional units. The Generation III+ class…
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…
Phulbari coal mine
Bangladesh
The Phulbari coal project is a proposed open pit coal mine in northwest Bangladesh and includes the construction of at least one 500-MW power plant. At full production about…
Tufanbeyli coal power plant
Turkey
Enerjisa, the Turkish electricity producer owned by E.ON and Sabanci, is building a new coal power plant in Tufanbeyli, commonly known as Enerjisa 2.5. The lignite-fired…
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BankTrack contact:
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Van Galen Strasse 4
48336 Sassenberg
Germany
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…
Coal of Africa
Australia
Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) is an Australian based mining company which operates mines in South Africa. In 2012 it produced around 3.4 million metric tons of coal.
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…
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,…
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Van Galen Strasse 4
48336 Sassenberg
Germany
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BankTrack contact:
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BankTrack contact:
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Van Galen Strasse 4
48336 Sassenberg
Germany
videos

COP19: Heffa Schücking
Mar 26, 2014 - Heffa Schücking of Urgewald talks about the role banks play in financing coal production.

Deutsches Geld für Streubomben (German)
Aug 18, 2010 - German news item about involvement of German banks in Cluster munitions producer (7.6.2010)

Deutsches Geld für Streubomben
Jun 08, 2010 - Documentary about Deutsche Bank and its involvement in cluster munition producers (Textron e.g.). In German.



BankTrack contact:
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Van Galen Strasse 4
48336 Sassenberg
Germany
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