All the campaigning to make Barclays stop promoting tax havens to companies investing in Africa is starting to pay off. This week your actions opened the door to a meeting with Barclays where we put your points across.
Campaigners in Zambia marched to Barclays head office to demand the bank clean up its act, and activists in Nigeria have been helping to spread the word about the campaign. Here in the UK campaigners paid local branches a visit over Christmas, asking the bank if they’d be naughty or nice this year, and thousands of us bombarded Barclays customer complaints form with messages like Jim’s below.
‘I want you to stop promoting the use of tax havens, which is seriously harming the economies of poor countries. This is unethical and is very harmful to your own reputation’ Jim, ActionAid campaigner
Despite the fact that Barclays is yet to respond to your customer complaints (Barclays’ boss did send an email after campaigners first contacted them. You can read our response here), all the pressure has meant we got a meeting with some of Barclays’s top execs last week.
At the meeting we put our case across about why promoting tax havens to countries investing in Africa drains vital resources from the continent and re-iterated your call for them to change. They promised to respond to your complaints, and the meeting was a great first step in getting Barclays to change their ways.
We’ve only managed to make this progress because so make people have taken action and got involved with the campaign. Without the public pressure of thousands of campaigners we wouldn’t have got a foot in the door.
So, what’s next? We’ve let them know we expect action and we’re not letting up. Now it’s crucial that we keep up the pressure in the run up to Barclays’ shareholder AGM in April.
Well done and happy campaigning!