As a kid of about 12 I remember being given a book about Borneo which inspired me and enchanted me with it's incredible images and descriptions. If I ever had the chance I would like to go there, although the thought of witnessing the destruction first hand may shatter my illusion of what a wonderful and unique place it is (was).
I am also ashamed to have an HSBC credit card, the same one I've had for over thirty years. It was the "Midland" bank when I first recieved it. Used very little and only kept for emergencies and occasional online use, maybe once or twice a year for car insurance or booking a flight. I think this news is the final straw and I will be destroying it and sending it back along with a strong letter of complaint and the reassurance of my even firmer stance on the complete parasitic nature of the banking system. I know it will serve little purpose other than to let me rant but if enough people do this in protest and the profit walks, maybe it will push home the fact that banks are and must be held accountable for their actions and decisions.
This bit gets me:
Picken added: 'In 2004 HSBC brought in progressive world-wide forest policies designed to avoid precisely these sorts of commercial relationships and make the bank a market leader on sustainability. 'It has consistently traded on these commitments in public, yet failed to meet them in practice. The bank should hold its hands up, drop these clients immediately and compensate the victims for the mayhem it has helped cause.
Obviously, as usual, they lied, they are responsible for aiding the destruction and must admit it, stop it, and take responsibility. Seems the "sustainability" was referring to their profits.
Bye bye plastic, HSBC can go to hell.
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edit on 2/11/2012 by nerbot because: (no reason given)