Publication of Stories of Change

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Every day decisions are taken in corporate boardrooms that unfairly affect the lives of the poor and the powerless. The Fair Finance Guide International aims to improve the way businesses and investors operate so that people and the environment are not negatively impacted by the quest for profit. We lobby and influence the finance sector to practice and proliferate fair and sustainable practices throughout the rest of the economy - because they are the ones financing it all!

Financial institutions realize the opportunity that exists in investing in sustainable development, conservation and natural capital. Likewise, bank and insurance group clients as well as beneficiaries of public pension funds are increasingly demanding these types of investments. People want their money to be invested in goods and services that are socially and environmentally beneficial - now more so than ever.

Nine national Fair Finance Guides working on human rights, poverty, inequality and climate change etc, have positively influenced financial institutions and the companies in which they invest - turning their demands into impact on the ground:

  1. Protecting workers in Bangladesh’s garment industry  – FFG NL
  2. Working to end labour rights violations in India’s granite quarries  – FFG NL
  3. Highlighting the link between Swedish banks and human rights in Nigeria and DRC  – FFG Sweden
  4. Overcoming over-indebtedness in Brazil  – FFG Brazil
  5. JBIC divests from controversial coal-fired power plant project in India  – FFG Japan
  6. The unheard protests of people in Cirebon, Indonesia  – FFG Japan, FFG Indonesia, FFG NL, FFG Belgium
  7. A century of exploitation; no sign of compensation, Peru  – FFG Belgium
  8. ING tightens its energy policy, Dominican Republic  – FFG NL
  9. The ongoing struggle to end banks’ relationships with controversial palm oil companies – Indonesia: FFG Sweden; FFG Norway; FFG NL; FFG Indonesia

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