Barclays appear to have short memories. They were heavily criticised for their involvement with South Africa during the apartheid era.
Good to see big business being force to be aware but to release any statement which contain the words “laws and cultural norms” in places like Uganda and it’s homophobic stance is not acceptable.
This should be about conscience Not money and these companies should be aware that to look as if they’d rather make excuses for this Law would and could serious damage their own interests.
I have a barclaycard which I am prepared to cut up if Braclays don’t make stronger representation than that. Perhaps if enough people tell them the same it may help them grow some balls….
If people with Barclaycards or Citibank accounts suggest moving to another bank it may help Barclays and Citibank speak more bravely to the Ugandan government.
Why all this pressure on these banks but the Obama Administration has given $1.8 billion to Uganda and helps keep them in power with military aid and training their troops. Shouldn’t we be putting pressure on the White House to stop military and foreign aid to Uganda?
Yes we should thanks for the link. Barclays is a deeply disreputable organisation at the best of times so I don’t hold out much hope of them putting much pressure on the Ugandan Government.
I switched to Co-op bank years ago. They have a fantastic ethical policy, really listen to their customers on what matters, and didn’t need a bail out from the government when those big banks did. Shame the other banks are so profit hungry and disreputable. If customers started moving to the ethical choices, the big banks would listen.
People need to stop doing business with this biggoted bank…then they will notice..bc that’s all they notice…money…as long as the money keep coming they don’t care about social issues of these countries..
It may well vary from place to place. I went into my branch of Barclays to discuss changing my name and received enthusiastic support. (My previous name was male.)
How callous can these people be? Killing gay people a cultural norm?!