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The Fossil Free Pride Pledge

We are calling on Pride committees to sign the following pledge:

Climate change affects LGBTQIA+ communities and individuals around the world.

In recognition of the climate emergency we are in, we pledge:

  • To adopt a publicly available ethical sponsorship policy

  • Not to accept sponsorship from or partnership with fossil fuel companies

  • Not accept sponsorship from or partnership with financial institutions funding fossil fuel companies

If you're on a Pride organising board and would like to sign this pledge, please click the button below or send us an email at fossilfreepride@gmail.com. Further details about this pledge can be found below.

Signatories

We'd like to thank the following Prides for signing the pledge:

  • Birmingham Trans Pride

  • Bodmin Pride

  • Brighton Trans Pride

  • Bude Pride

  • Cambourne Pride

  • Colchester Pride

  • Cornwall Pride (Truro)

  • Essex Pride

  • Falmouth Pride

  • Hastings Trans Pride

  • King's Lynn & West Norfolk Pride

  • Margate Pride

  • Middlesex Pride

  • Newquay Pride

  • Norwich Pride

  • Norwich Trans Pride

  • Oldham Pride

  • Penzance Pride

  • Plymouth Trans Pride

  • Porty Pride

  • Redruth Pride

  • Saltash Pride

  • Sheffield Radical Pride

  • Southampton People's Pride

  • St Austell Pride

  • St Ives Pride

  • Tunbridge Wells Pride

  • Worcestershire Pride

Pledge details and explanation

By signing this pledge, you are committing to excluding fossil fuel corporations and financiers from any sponsorship or partnership agreements.

 

As a minimum requirement, any ethical sponsorship and partnership policy must cover all fossil fuel corporations in the Carbon Underground 200 and the banks that feature in the latest Banking on Climate Chaos report, which details the 60 largest financiers of fossil fuels. In 2023/24 this includes, but is not limited to, the following banks well known in the UK: Barclays, HSBC, Santander, NatWest and Lloyds, as well as big international names without a highstreet presence in the UK.

Because of complicated ownership structures and the tendency for large banks to buy out smaller institutions, it is also worth noting that other brands that may approach you for sponsorship are owned by fossil fuel financiers, and should therefore be considered part of the parent company and qualify for exclusion:

  • Owned by HSBC: First Direct, John Lewis Finance, John Lewis Partnership Card, M&S Bank

  • Owned by Santander: Carter Allen, FirstBank

  • Owned by NatWest: Coutts, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Ulster Bank

  • Owned by Lloyds: Bank of Scotland, Halifax, HBOS, Scottish Widows, Intelligent Finance, Birmingham Midshires

 

Here, sponsorship and partnership refers to any sponsorship agreements or official partnerships with fossil fuel corporations or financiers. This is a minimum requirement of the Fossil Free Pride pledge. If the Pride event has a march or parade where groups can register to take part, we encourage you to also commit to not allowing fossil fuel corporations or financiers to register for these events.

 

If the Pride commits to the minimum criteria of the Fossil Free Pride pledge, your name will be added to the list of Prides on the Fossil Free Pride website.

 

This pledge commits those who sign it to develop an ethical sponsorship policy that enforces the above commitments. Fossil Free Pride is willing to work with Prides who sign this pledge to draft a policy document.

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