Template Divest Barclays Motion

Work with your elected SU Councillors (or get elected yourself!) and student officers to pass a Divest Barclays policy through the Students’ Council mandating the SU to support your campaign and boycott Barclays themselves

Use the template Divest Barclays motion to get started.

The SU notes that:

 Burning fossil fuels is the primary contributor to climate change.

  • The vast majority of fossil fuels must stay in the ground to stop catastrophic climate change.

  •  Barclays is a major financier of new fossil fuel infrastructure responsible for $10.927bn of financing between 2015 and 2017.

  • Barclays have financed companies behind projects including, Lancashire fracking, the Dakota Access Pipeline and Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia.

The SU believes that:

  • Barclays should stop financing all fossil fuel companies and projects as soon as possible, beginning with new extractive infrastructure like pipelines, new gas and coal mines.

  • Institutional boycotts are an effective tactic for achieving change at banks like Barclays, evidence by the success of a similar campaign against South African apartheid.

The SU revolves to:

  • Boycott Barclays until they stop financing all fossil fuel companies and extraction projects globally (including banking, other financial dealings, sponsorship, corporate partnerships, advertising, ATMs and branches on campus).

  • Draft and introduce ethical banking policy including considerations for sustainability and climate change.

  • Lobby the University to cut all ties with Barclays and introduce ethical banking policy.

  • Support People & Planet’s Divest Barclays campaign.