Banks are central actors in the investment system. Their lending decisions – when, where, and to whom – determine the future structure of our society. By phasing out lending to polluting industries and increasing financing to renewable sectors, banks have the potential to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.
ShareAction collaborates with a range of stakeholders to make sure banks align their activities with the needs of this transition. So far, we have mobilised over 100 investors worth nearly $2 trillion to write to 62 global banks, asking for better climate-related disclosures. We have also ranked the 15 largest European banks on how well they are managing climate-related issues. Each year, we attend the AGMs of major European banks to ask them to step up their climate commitments.
This year, we are focussing our campaign on the following themes:
- Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD);
- Aligning lending criteria with the goals of the Paris Agreement;
- Low-carbon products and services;
- Governance structures and strategy on climate-related risks and opportunities.