This message was originally published by the United Nations Association UK (UNA_UK).
The UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – now with 91 signatories and 68 state parties – shows the strength of the growing movement rejecting these weapons as well as the industry and financiers that supports it. But many banks and pension providers still invest in companies that produce these weapons. According to the Nuclear Weapons Financing Research Group, billions of pounds are invested from British banks and pension funds every year.
UNA-UK believes the British Government may not be behaving responsibly when it comes to nuclear weapons, but the story does not stop here. It’s time for financial institutions to join the international movement against nuclear weapons and invest our money where it is needed – including to tackle climate change.
UNA-UK is joining the Nuclear Weapons Financing Research Group to call on financial institutions to start investing in change – starting with reaching out to our banks and pension providers. As part of this campaign UNA-UK will be scrutinising its own finances and where relevant writing to companies we work with asking them to divest. They encourage everyone to do the same.
- Find out how your bank is doing: https://investinginchange.uk/what-about-my-financial-institution/
- Use the #InvestingInChange resources to contact your bank, by emailing, tweeting or writing to your bank: https://investinginchange.uk/action/
- Get social: share ICAN’s ready-to go social media materials to say #NuclearWeaponsAreBadForBusiness: https://divest.icanw.org/2022_total_day_socials