HSBC AGM 5/5/2023
HSBC has invested $145bn in fossil fuels since the Paris Agreement in 2016 and the bank’s climate pledges have been tarnished by a series of damaging exposés. Their Annual General Meeting was at the Eastside Rooms in Aston.
Inside we unfurled banners, sang songs, and repeatedly called out HSBC’s broken promises over its own climate pledges. Security eventually removed protesters after 45 minutes of disruption. Our goal was to make sure their role in the Climate and Ecological Emergency is on the AGM agenda.
Outside, alongside several other groups, we disrupted using our Brum Beats Samba Band and gave speeches. Our ‘Dirty Scrubbers’ performed a washing of HSBC as a dirty bank and we covered a ‘banker’ in green slime to represent HSBC’s greenwashing. Our goal was to turn a dignified AGM into a ridiculous spectacle and to ensure that media coverage of the meeting included XR.
We will continue our campaign against dirty banks that use your money to fund your destruction.
You can help by finding out how environmentally-friendly your bank is. If you’re unhappy with your bank, move your money and tell them why. We encourage you to call complaints teams and visit your local branch. Register your anger, but remember the staff that work there are real people.