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The last year’s most significant development regarding human rights and fossil fuels may be the emerging recognition that climate change is itself a human rights issue.

Climate change — as well as the extraction, transportation, and combustion of fossil fuels — is increasingly impacting the human rights to water, food, health, housing, and more. In the years to come, this growing recognition will add urgency to the need for banks to reform their human rights policies and practices as they strive to meet their obligations to prevent runaway global warming.



Big banks must respect human rights, stop #shortingtheclimate with extreme fossil fuels

With rare exceptions, banks continue to fall woefully short on human rights policies. Banks must respect human rights.

Banks must conduct robust due diligence to ensure that none of their transactions, from project finance to debt underwriting, support projects that infringe on human rights. And they must support remedy for victims when rights abuses do occur. By and large, banks still fail to recognize these obligations at the level of policy.

Hey big banks - climate change is a human rights issue, & you're putting us all at risk. Stop #ShortingTheClimate

Human Rights: Bank Grades


Big banks, put your money where your mouth is: your human rights policies don't make the grade #ShortingTheClimate

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