Raid on Commerzbank headquarters for suspected tax evasion

 Commerzbank-Zentrale in Frankfurt am Main | Bild (Ausschnitt): © David Schiersner [CC BY 2.0] - flickr

As reported by n-tv and Handelsblatt the attorney general of Frankfurt authorised raids on offices in the Commerzbank headquarters as well as 3 private houses of accused individuals in the second week of November. The raid was based on the suspicion that Commerzbank evaded taxes by Cum-Ex trading in the past.

The attorney general claims investigations showed multi-billion Euro deals closed between 2006 and 2010 which evaded taxes of about 40 million Euros.   ... →

The Panama Papers, One Year On – An Overview

April 3, 2016, entered history as a black Sunday for tax evaders, arms smugglers, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, athletes and business people as well as many financial institutions around the world. That day, more than 100 media companies in 76 countries simultaneously published internal documents of the law and corporate services firm Mossack Fonseca, a provider of offshore services.   ... →

HSBC and Commerzbank are financing dubious palm oil company Noble

 Oil palm graveyard - these palms were injected with pesticides (paraquat, according to locals) so to kill them and allow preparations for the next planting. | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Wakx [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] - Flickr

In January 2017 Greenpeace released the report „Dirty Bankers – How HSBC is financing forest destruction for palm oil“.   This report provides a detailed explanation of the business relations between HSBC and controversial palm oil companies.
HSBC is considered to be one of the leading investors of the palm oil industry. Noble Group for example, a supplier of agricultural and energy products based in Hong Kong, is financed by this bank.   ... →

Banking without Principles?! – Banks rate low in BankTrack report

In June 2016, BankTrack published its second edition of “Banking with Principles? – Benchmarking Banks against the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights“. Using 12 criteria in 4 categories (policies, due diligence commitments, reporting and access to remedy), based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, BankTrack assessed 45 of the largest banks globally, including Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank.   ... →

Press release: How fair is my bank?

The first free consumer portal rating the social and environmental commitments of German banks sees GLS Bank and Triodos Bank in the lead.

 fair-finance-guide-logo-de(Berlin, March 15, 2016) –  On today’s World Consumer Rights Day, a coalition of German non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is launching the first free online portal reviewing German banks’ social and ecological guidelines: www.fairfinanceguide.de.   ... →

Commerzbank fined €17 million

Commerzbank has been fined €17 million for helping clients evade taxes. The bank agreed with the prosecutors office in Cologne on the penalty payment , and in return further investigations have been halted .  The Bank aided customers in evading taxes through the use of a subsidiary in Luxembourg and shell companies in Panama and other tax havens.   ... →