Last week the Wilderness Society targeted the ANZ in protest against their involvement with the Gunns Pulp Mill. At the behest of GetUp, I wrote to ANZ telling them I intended to withdraw as a customer if they went ahead and funded the mill. Today I received a reply, saying the ANZ have “not made a decision on whether to finance the project” and have committed to “applying the Equator Principles to our decision … We have engaged an independent environmental expert to assist us with this process”.In summary, we will only fund the mill once we are assured that:
* all potential significant social and environmental issues have been identified;
* measures to manage these are put in place by the client; and
* the regulating governments are satisfied with these measures.
More info can be found on the ANZ “current issues” website.
Now is the time for anyone who has a bank account or credit card with the ANZ to get in touch with them about the pulp mill.