Greenpeace on Tuesday accused banking giant HSBC of helping to arrange billions of dollars in financing for companies whose palm oil operations have been blamed for destroying vast swathes of Indonesian rainforest.
The environmental group said the British bank had broken its own guidelines which ban supporting palm oil companies involved in unsustainable practices as it was part of syndicates that had arranged $16.3 billion of loans since 2012.
The bank was also involved in arranging nearly $2 billion of corporate bonds, the activists said in a new report.”HSBC claims it’s a respectable bank with responsible policies on deforestation. But somehow these fine words get forgotten when it’s time to sign the contracts,” said Annisa Rahmawati, senior forest campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
They don’t knowingly do it because they don’t care to investigate and their policies do not include preserving environmental integrity.