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In a major development of the pulp mill campaign The Wilderness Society has released a list of the world’s leading banks which have committed to not finance Gunns’ environmentally destructive pulp mill. The Wilderness Society, in conjunction with GetUp and BankTrack, has ran a full page advertisement in the European edition of the Financial Times pointing out why other banks should follow their lead and commit to not financing the pulp mill.
“Leading international banks have committed to not finance Gunns’ socially and environmentally destructive pulp mill. This is a major step forward towards protecting Tasmania’s irreplaceable native forests and the livelihoods of Tasmanians,” said Paul Oosting, pulp mill campaigner for The Wilderness Society.
“Banks which were previously rumoured to be involved in financing the pulp mill, such as Deutsche Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Bank of China, are among the banks which have committed to not finance the project,” said Mr Oosting.
“It is encouraging to see the finance sector recognising the risks associated with a project like this, which would lock in the destruction of Tasmania’s forests which contain massive amounts of carbon,” said Mr. Oosting.
“No bank that adheres to environmental and social guidelines would finance a project that would be a major driver of climate change, wildlife loss and toxic pollution,” said Mr Oosting.
On April 29 a full-page advertisement has ran in the European Financial Times. The following banks have not yet ruled out financing the pulp mill and will be named in the advertisement:
* Nordea *
* Macquarie * JP Morgan Chase
“Gunns’ pulp mill does not have Federal Government approval to operate, is strongly opposed by the public and still faces possible legal challenges. We want all major banks to rule out financing the pulp mill,” said Mr Oosting.
“The Australian public is opposed to Gunns’ mill and running this advert in the Financial Times will ensure that potential investors know why they should not get involved with the most strongly opposed project in the country,” concluded Mr Oosting.
The following banks have committed not to finance Gunns’ pulp mill:
of China *
* Royal Bank of Scotland * HypoVereinsbank
* Bank Austria * UBS
* Erste Bank
* Banco Itau
* Sumitomo Mitsui
* National Australia Bank
* Westpac * Commonwealth Bank