Johan Frijns, Director BankTrack
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Supporting the work of civil society organisations and project affected communities on banks is one of BankTrack's main goals. Our online database of dodgy deals and company profiles exists to give a platform to campaigns, expose the links between banks and the dodgy projects and companies they finance, and ultimately help achieve positive changes through negotiating, lobbying and pressure on the banking sector.
With near fourteen years of experience in bank campaigning, a well-developed campaign tool box at our disposal and a wide range of contacts both within banks and with NGOs, we can assist groups that wish to engage with banks as part of their own campaign work, or that want to team up with us in joint campaign work. We are also ready to assist communities (and their representing organizations) in dealing with banks involved in financing business activities that directly impact their rights and interests.
Interested in working together? Get in touch.
How we collaborate with civil society and affected communities:
Profile campaign targets: We can provide space on our website to feature a company or dodgy project, linking them with the banks that finance them. This will ensure that it gets noticed by a relevant audience of bankers, analysts, journalists, researchers and fellow campaigners.
Provide research support: We can assist in researching the financial architecture of specific deals and sectors. We can also help analyze the quality of bank investment policies, comment on, or co-develop research methodologies, and conduct bank related research. We often work with the Dutch research company Profundo to access financial data.
Provide financial literacy and financial campaign training to campaigners: We have online (password-protected) training tools to which we can provide access. We can also co-develop a face to face training or specific training materials.
Provide campaign advice and support: We know a thing or two on how to make a bank move and are happy to brainstorm and cooperate on how to make your own bank-focused campaign work a success.
Strengthen public outreach: We can feature relevant bank-focused press releases, reports and campaigns on our website, in our blogs, our targeted mailing lists and on our social media channels.
Provide speakers, facilitators: We may be able to speak at or facilitate seminars or conferences, or we may know who would be good to ask.
Help identify decision makers at banks: We can help find the best people within specific banks or bank associations to contact, and can often provide contact details.
Support communities dealing with banks: Depending on the specifics of the situation and the needs of communities affected by bank-financed projects and companies, we can support consultation processes, getting access to remedy, analysis of policy implementation and violations, engagement with bank decision makers and of course campaign work.