Banks invest in weapon makers


ING, ABN AMRO and Van Lanschot are still investing in bad weapon suppliers. The organizations behind the Fair Bank Guide state this in a new report. In total, this concerns almost 650 million euros in thirteen companies that supply weapons to countries that violate human rights.

The three financial institutions invest in large companies such as Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics and others. They deliver combat aircraft, tanks and bombs to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, among others, who are currently involved in the war in Yemen. India, Pakistan and Chad are also supplied.

The research shows that ING is investing EUR 510 million in ten arms companies. ABN invests 102 million euros in nine companies and Van Lanschot 31 million euros in six companies. Rabobank, Volksbank, NIBC and Triodos do not invest in the investigated arms companies.

The banking guide is an initiative of Amnesty International, FNV, Milieudefensie, Oxfam Novib, World Animal Protection and PAX.

The Dutch banks stopped their cooperation with the banking guide last year. They are dissatisfied with the quality of the reports, among other things because research and opinions are confused.

“As a result, the banking guide does not give a fair picture of the state of affairs in the sector,” said the Dutch Bankers’ Association (NVB) at the time.

By: Maurice Eisma

Maurice Esma, a co-founder of EconomicInform is a freelance journalist with the expertise in international finance and corporate rights. The author can be reached by email

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