For BMO, look up your branch here. BMO also lists FAX numbers for the branch! This is fun because people in the branch will talk if they get a flood of faxes. This website will allow you to upload a word document and send it as a fax! If you decide to send a fax, please format it like a business letter with the date plus your return address and number.
I recently learned that BMO is one of the top funders of fossil fuel expansion and therefore a direct threat to future generations. I found it very concerning that your bank received an F on fossil fuel expansion policies in the 2019 Banking on Climate Change report released by Banktrack and scored 0.5 out of 200 possible points in the 2020 version of their report. The recent Corporate Knights report finds that you have issued more than $9 billion in loans to the O&G industry. That money is being used to pump CO2 into our atmosphere, putting millions of lives at risk and driving the 6th mass extinction. I also noted with surprise that your bank refused to sign the U.N. Declaration on Responsible Banking which has been signed by more than 100 major banks around the world.
I am aware of your superficial environmental policies and programs, but they cannot undo the harm caused by the financing that you continue to provide to the fossil fuel industry. On the other hand, I am also aware that given the broader shift in market sentiment over the past year many banks are reconsidering their policies in this area. For this reason, I have decided to wait until Earth Day 2021 (April 22) to transfer my money to a more responsible institution. As of today, that will likely be a local credit union, however I am open to the possibility of staying with BMO or transferring to another major Canadian bank which sets ambitious targets for phasing out new loans to fossil fuel companies.
In particular, I hope your bank will be able to commit to the following:
- publicly clarify your position on the relation between climate change and the extraction and burning of fossil fuels
- publicly commit to immediately end your support for all new fossil fuel projects, including exploration, extraction, transportation and power
- publish a robust plan for phasing out your support for all existing fossil fuel projects and companies on a timetable consistent with what is necessary to meet the Paris targets.