- Understand and report on their exposure to deals that could cause land grabbing;
- Adopt a public policy of Zero Tolerance for Land Grabbing;
- Advocate in the finance sector for responsible lending practices to address land grabbing, and;
- Ensure justice and restitution for the communities already affected by land grabbing.
There’s something special about children’s movies that resonates in all of us……it’s the narrative that evil will never prevail…. Inevitably when growing up, deciding who the “bad guy” or the “bad thing” is becomes a little more complicated, especially when religion, ideologies and cultural traditions can dictate what we perceive as being good. But some things, at least in my eyes, are inalienably not okay or fair. Remember how you felt when Musafa, Simba’s Dad, fell at the hand (or claw rather) of Scar….. If you’re anything like me you will have felt like crying out “it’s not fair, he didn’t deserve it!” I guess a similar sort of feeling happened when I read Oxfam’s ‘Banking on Shaking Ground’ report, given to me to read one day while in the Oxfam Sydney office. I felt that overwhelming feeling of complete sadness, shock and disappointment all at once. The report basically provides evidence that Australia’s big four banks; ANZ, Westpac, National Australia Bank and the Commonwealth Bank, have and continue to, fund companies that have contributed to illegal logging, forced evictions, food shortages and child labour. These companies are ‘Land Grabbing.’ This is obviously not okay… But there’s a silver lining to every dark cloud. Oxfam, after producing this report, launched a campaign to call on the banks to show Zero Tolerance for Land Grabbing. More specifically Oxfam is asking the big four banks to;