Quakers pledge support for Divestment Day

Following on from Eleanor’s article on Divestment Day it is interesting and encouraging to note that the Quaker’s announced earlier this year that they will be moving their corporate funds from the big four banks accompanied by the following media release:


Australian Quakers move funds from the ‘big four’ banks
Media release, 14 January, 2015 

More than 200 Australian Quakers, gathered for their Yearly Meeting in Melbourne last week, expressed support for Global Divestment Day on 14 February, and encouraged individual members and meetings to move funds from investments that damage the Earth. The national body of Quakers in Australia intends to move its corporate funds away from the ‘big four’ banks.

Quakers, who assisted with the creation of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, also supported the Move Your Money initiative, which calls for people to move their bank accounts to banks with clear ethical policies.

‘We have for many years avoided investments in alcohol, tobacco, military weapons, uranium and other mining and similar concerns,’ said Presiding Clerk Julian Robertson. ‘This was, of course, consistent with our principles of peace and social justice.’

‘We also have a problem with the investment policies of the larger banks in Australia, where our money is being used for financing some of these companies. We are particularly worried about carbon-intensive industries and some others which do not have the ethical standards that we would like. To be true to our principles, we have to look at all aspects of our lives,’ said Julian Robertson. ‘Where we invest our money, even in our normal day to day banking, is part of that process.’

A group of individual Quakers at the Yearly Meeting took part in a short demonstration to show that they, too, have moved their accounts, or are planning to on the Global  Divestment Day.

Australian Quakers also reaffirmed that one of their basic principles is Earthcare, honouring the Earth and all living things and endeavouring to live in harmony with them.

Read about the process the Quakers went through in Bank Accounts and Divestment – Fight or Flight by Brian & Marie Harlech-Jones





One thought on “Quakers pledge support for Divestment Day

  1. Great blog by Eleanor about Divestment. And fascinating stuff about the Quakers. I read today in Eco News the following: “The University of Sydney has announced that it will reduce its carbon footprint by 20 per cent through divesting from fossil fuel investments over the next three years.” Its not far enough but at least a start. I have been thinking for some time I should move at least some of my pension superannuation into the Ethical part of my Fund (AustralianSuper) – feeling very slack for not getting round to it! Thanks Eleanor and Dinali for these fascinating blogs.

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