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BankTrack is the international tracking, campaigning and civil society support organisation targeting private sector commercial banks (‘banks') and the activities they finance. BankTrack combines nearly twenty years of critical yet constructive engagement with banks and banking initiatives with unique campaigning capabilities, thanks to our strong ties with the global bank campaigners movement, including grassroots organisations and partners representing communities in the Global South affected by bank financed projects and companies. BankTrack was founded in 2003 as a global network of organisations targeting commercial banks, and in 2015, with the support of its members, it became an independent organisation.
Our new mission, introduced in January 2022, is to challenge commercial banks globally to act urgently and decisively on four interrelated global emergencies: the accelerating climate crisis, the ongoing destruction of nature, the risk of ever more pandemics and the widespread violation of human rights.
Our core strategies for achieving this mission are:
- To track the involvement of banks in financing business sectors and specific activities with a negative impact on people and planet (Dodgy Deals), and expose this to the public.
- To track and benchmark policy commitments of banks and constructively engage with banks on strengthening such commitments.
- To campaign together with our partners to exert public pressure on banks to strengthen their policy commitments and abstain from financing Dodgy Deals.
- To support fellow campaigners and community organisations that focus on or encounter banks in their own work, and help build movements that are able to effectively challenge banks to address these global emergencies.
We are busy implementing our new mission and strategy, which will gradually also reflect on this website.