On the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, SfC members highlight their opposition to the financing of nuclear weapons.
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6th and August 9th 1945 respectively, in which most victims died without any care to ease their suffering, since most physicians and nurses were killed and hospitals were rendered non-functional. The Red Cross and other relief agencies have warned repeatedly that no meaningful humanitarian response would be possible following a single nuclear detonation anywhere, let alone in the aftermath of a full-scale nuclear war.
On the occasion of this tragic anniversary, Shareholders for Change reasserts its opposition to the financing of nuclear weapons. Most SfC members are already listed in the “Hall of Fame” of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) because of their comprehensive policies avoiding any financial relationships with nuclear weapon producers: Alternative Bank Schweiz, Bank für Kirche und Caritas, Ethos Foundation Switzerland and, as part of the Banca Etica group, Etica Sgr, Fondazione Finanza Etica and Fundación Finanzas Éticas.
“Together with ICAN and the survivors of the attacks, the Hibakusha, we proudly raise our voice to say “Never Again!” and act consequently, as investors, to prevent the development of nuclear weapons worldwide“, declared Aurélie Baudhuin, president of SfC.
ICAN is a global campaign coalition that coordinated efforts to bring about the 2017 United Nations’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for this reason. In collaboration with PAX, it publishes the “Don’t Bank on the Bomb” report, which identifies the most important investors in companies producing nuclear weapons as well as the frontrunners in restricting investments in nuclear weapons producer.