Dear CEOs, 

Your banks are in a dangerous relationship with fossil fuel companies, putting our futures in jeopardy and the planet at risk. Now is the time for that relationship to end. 

That’s why we’re calling on the UK’s leading banks to stop financing fossil fuel expansion. 

In 2021, the International Energy Agency – the world’s most influential energy body – announced that there should be no investment in new oil, gas, or coal if we are to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, meet the Paris Climate Goals and avoid climate catastrophe. Instead, we must focus on phasing out fossil fuels, and the rapid scaling up of a clean energy transition. 

Despite this, your banks – HSBC, Barclays, Santander, NatWest, and Lloyds – funnelled a collective $368 billion into the fossil fuel sector between 2016 and 2021, of which $141bn has gone to the top 50 oil and gas expanders.  

These decisions are not only contradicting our values, they’re also jeopardising our futures.  

That’s why we are asking you to stop financing fossil fuel expansion by taking the following key steps: 

  1. Stop directly financing new fossil fuel expansion activity.   
  2. Put your existing clients on notice that they must stop their expansion plans or face financing consequences.  
  3. End relationships with those clients who do not stop fossil fuel expansion.  

If you fail to act, then we will –  campaigning for you to change, raising awareness with the public, or – for those who haven’t already – moving to a bank that doesn’t finance fossil fuel expansion. 

Do you think your reputation will remain unscathed when we can’t rely on you to protect our futures?  

Don’t bank on it.  


Richard Curtis

Emma Thompson

Stephen Fry

Christiana Figueres

Vanessa Nakate

Helena Gualinga

Sophia Kianni

Ayisha Siddiqa

Caroline Lucas, MP

Kate Raworth

Deborah Meaden

Paul Polman

Aisling Bea

Mark Rylance

Brian Eno

Bill McKibben

Greg Wise

Chris Packham

Lolly Adefope

Luisa Neubauer

Bianca Pitt

Dale Vince

Daze Aghaji

Deborah Frances-White

Dr Mya-Rose Craig

Emma Davie

Gina Martin

Graham Hobson

Adam McKay

Juliet Davenport

Kim Stanley Robinson

Sonja Henrici

Chris Anderson

Paul Goodenough

Jaqueline Novogratz

Andy Middleton

All Things Money

Amazon Watch

B-Lab UK

Bank Green

Bank on our future



Bates Well

Business Declares


Climate 2025

Climate Safe Lending Network

Count Us In

Earth Minutes


Ecology Building Society



Ella’s Kitchen

Faith for Climate

Finance Innovation Lab

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland 

Fuel Poverty Action

Global Canopy

Global Citizen

Good With Money

Gower Street

Greenhouse Communications

Greenpeace UK

Just Stop Oil

Keep Britain Tidy

Make My Money Matter

Money Movers

Mothers Rise Up

Music Declares Emergency

Nature Save

New Economics Foundation

New Society

One Earth

One Million Women

Positive Money

Project Everyone

Pukka Herbs

Rainforest Action Network

Reclaim Finance

Rewriting Extinction

Riverford Organic

Save The Children UK


SHE Changes Climate

Sierra Club


Stand Earth

SwitchIt Green

The Big Issue Group

The Climate Coalition

The Lamington Group

The Movements Trust

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes


Triodos Bank

TYF Group


XR Money Rebellion

Zero Hour

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