Finance & Economic SystemsWe aim to create a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world by transforming financial and economic systems. We work to redirect tax policies and public spending to make polluters pay for the costs of their pollution, and to drive the transition to a cleaner, low-carbon economy. At home and abroad, we advocate for policies that minimize environmental and social harm and fund a brighter future. In the United States, we strengthen regulations to encourage sustainability in financial markets and fight trade policies that allow companies to run roughshod over the environment and human rights. We also work with allies around the world to alter lending practices at financial institutions such as the World Bank, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Wall Street banks that fund polluting activities and harm communities in developing countries.
Friends of the Earth US and Global Witness are urging shareholders in one of the world’s largest agri-commodity traders to vote in favour of tackling deforestation at the company’s upcoming AGM.
Today, in the lead up to President Biden’s Climate Summit, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced it will be net zero by 2040.
We, as environmental NGOs based in both the U.S. and Japan, call on President Biden and Prime Minister Suga to take strong leadership on ending public support for coal, oil and gas expansion projects which do not align with the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal.
Finance & Economic Systems Tell U.S. to terminate its involvement with a deadly coal plantTAKE ACTION
Forests Tell TIAA to defund deforestationTAKE ACTION
Americans have made it clear: We want a cleaner future. This means investing in sustainable and efficient renewable energy at home and abroad.
In recent years, powerful partisan interests have weaponized these tools to block environmental and social justice progress. In response, Friends of the Earth is working to reform our democracy so that every voice is heard, equally.
EXIM continues to invest in projects with severe environmental impacts, human rights abuses, and detrimental effects on local communities and public health.
The headline finding is that from 2016 to 2018 G20 countries provided an average of USD $77 billion a year in public finance for fossil fuels.
The international statement captures growing international concern regarding how Chinese development finance can do its part in successfully addressing the COVID-19 crisis without exacerbating environmental, social, climate, biodiversity, or other risks.