“My mother taught us not to run when you are scared”

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Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered on 2 March 2016. Why and by whom? Two months after her death there have been arrests, but investigations need to continue. The answers are clear however, to her daughter Bertha and the members of Berta’s organisation.

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How exposed is your bank?

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The big four banks could be endangering human rights and our environment. While we outline some positive first steps by some of the banks, none have yet adopted a zero tolerance for land grabs approach.

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The ledger’s not good: the hidden costs behind our banks’ unreal profits

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The big four banks’ ledger is not good. Last year, ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac announced the unreal combined profit of $30.8 billion. But this unreal profit came at a very real cost.

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Banks must take a zero tolerance approach to land grabs

Big banks beware: there are now no excuses

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Oxfam’s new report describes how Australia’s big four banks can construct an approach with zero tolerance for land grabs.

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Goreti Kirua from Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik region (pictured) holding payment papers she received from a logging company. “Foreigners forced us to sign consent forms; then they destroyed our forest,” says Goreti. Photo: Vlad Sokhin/OxfamAUS

Our banks need to listen and act!

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Land grabs are not only plunging affected communities into poverty; it’s also bad for business. Shona Hawkes, Sustainable Food Advocacy Coordinator, is in Chiang Mai. Shona is joining hundreds of people from across Asia at the Land Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI) conference to better understand how, and why, land grabbing is happening — and more importantly, what can be done to stop it.

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The Guarani-Kaiowa people are still fighting for their land in Brazil. Photo: Eduardo Martino/OxfamAus

Banking on shaky ground: one year on

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Communities unfairly forced off their land are plunged into poverty. They often face the threat of violence for speaking out as well as food shortages, inadequate housing and poor health. In the year that’s passed since the release of our land grabs report, Australian customers and investors have shown they care deeply that their bank respects land rights.

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Photo: Dennis Kuhlmann/OxfamAus

What has ANZ done (and not done) on land grabs?

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People often tell us that the bank response to their email about land grabs is confusing and full of jargon. Lately we’ve had a lot of questions about ANZ. Below is a recap of what ANZ has done, and not done, since Oxfam launched its Banking on Shaky Ground report in April.

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Photo: Eduardo Martino/OxfamAUS

Seen 60 Minutes? Now put pressure on CBA and ANZ to adopt zero tolerance to land grabs

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Together, we’ve been campaigning for six months to have Australia’s Big 4 Banks change their policies to land grabs. In the past two weeks both NAB and Westpac have taken steps to reduce their risk of backing companies involved in land grabs. Now, the pressure is on the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the ANZ Bank.

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Photo: Vlad Sohkin/OxfamAUS

Two of the big four banks take action to respect land rights

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Westpac and National Australia Bank (NAB) have become the first of the big four banks to release a policy on land grabs — a significant step forward to stop unfair land deals that leave people around the world homeless and hungry.

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Photo: Vlad Sohkin/OxfamAUS

Hundreds of hours spent researching finance links

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Over the course of a year, Oxfam has spent hundreds of hours researching and documenting links between Australia’s big banks and multinational agriculture and timber businesses that are land grabbing in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since our report was issued both the NAB and Westpac have developed policies to better respond to the issue of land grabs.

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Raising the issue of land grabbing at bank AGMs

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Some pointers for those wanting to take action A number of Oxfam supporters with shareholdings in the big four banks have approached us for information about the upcoming series of big bank Annual General Meetings (AGMs) being held in the lead-up to Christmas. Below is a Q & A about these AGMs, and how bank […]

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Why I wrote to my Bank

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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 […]

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ANZ shirks human rights responsibilities in Cambodia

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On 5 July we heard that Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Sugar – a company implicated in various human rights abuses including forced evictions, food shortages and child labour – has suddenly repaid its loan to ANZ. ANZ now claims that it has no responsibility to support justice for affected communities, despite financing a notorious sugar plantation […]

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ANZ’s feeble response on the back of bumper profits

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In response to the allegations made in Oxfam Australia’s report, Banking on Shaky Ground, the ANZ bank has responded with a disappointing series of feeble denials. In the face of specific and well substantiated allegations of support for companies that are land grabbing, providing inadequate compensation and employing child labour, the ANZ has replied saying […]

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The big four banks and land grabs: be heard on social media

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Is your bank involved in land grabbing in some of the poorest communities overseas? Oxfam’s report, Banking on Shaky Ground, details four case studies involving each of the big four banks; these outline personal stories of those affected by land grabs. We have stories from across the world, including nineteen-year-old Christophilda who lives in Turubu Bay […]

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