Every year in Brazil, an area 115 times the size of Manhattan is wiped out to make room for soy farms. And this carnage is mainly funded by a French giant: BNP Paribas.
The company claims to care about helping combat climate change, and yet it remains one of the largest funders of deforestation in the world. A few days ago, during a “zero-carbon” event in Paris, BNP boasted about implementing binding policies to stop deforestation caused by the soy industry. But it was all lip service.
Let’s show BNP executives that we see through their empty words, and hold their feet to the fire until they act. No more fake-green promises, we want action now:
Tell BNP to stop funding deforestation immediately!
Thanks to the hard work of several NGOs*, we know that BNP Paribas has funded soybean traders to the tune of billions over the past four years.
Now Indigenous communities in Brazil are paying the price as they watch their rivers, forests, and all the biodiversity get destroyed at breakneck pace.
BNP is hoping its empty promises will keep us at bay, but until we see concrete action, we’re pushing the company in the global spotlight and holding them accountable until they act. But this will only work if thousands of us join.
Tell BNP: enough talk -- stop funding deforestation and planet-destroying projects immediately!
We know this works -- two months ago, during Climate Finance Day, a massive public pressure forced French financial institutions to accept their responsibility in deforestation caused by soybean projects.
And our community has done this before -- we’ve gone up against some of the biggest companies in the world, like Pepsi and McDonalds and won.
Now it’s time to go after one of the worst deforestation offenders: BNP Paribas. Add your name and share this widely!
Global Witness. 10 February 2020.
The Independent. 12 January 2021.
Mongabay. 20 November 2020.
Report from Canopée. 1 September 2020.
Report from Reclaim Finance, Canopée, SumOfUs, Mighty Earth. 29 October 2020.
Rainforest Foundation Norway. 1 November 2020.