Hamilton Power Hours - Phone calling guide

Purpose of the action:

This action is about having conversations with Hamilton staff. We are aiming to informing them, and respectfully call on them to take action. Every call reminds them that we care deeply about their actions, and that we won't stop till they opt out.

You can download the contact details of those we will be contacting here: Hamilton Power Hour extended contact list. We have divided these into location of office, and within that into 'top executives' and 'other staff.'

Steps and tips:
  • First, check the timezone of the office you are calling.
  • Expect to get some voicemail messages, and use this as an opportunity to practice.
  • Don’t ask them to verify who they are. Instead, call them by their first name and say hello, e.g.‘Hello Pina’.
  • Let them know where you are calling from.
  • Give your short explanation for the call and end with an open-ended question that requires them to answer it.
  • Listen carefully and note down everything they say.
  • After the call, use this form record who you spoke to. With this, we can build a bigger picture and any recurring themes, and your fellow callers can see who has been contacted.
Talking points and conversation starters:

We've added these as suggestions of what you can bring up if you're feeling stuck, but they're by no means definitive or a strict checklist. Above all, it's important that you personalise the call. Add in your own knowledge and experience, your own reasons for opposing the Adani mine, and other climate-destroying projects.

  • Ask them when Hamilton’s ESG Policy will be completed, and whether it rule out insuring all fossil fuel projects.
  • Remind them that other companies have ruled out Adani without an ESG.
  • Show that Hamilton is out of step with its own industry. It's is now listed in the insurance press as one of a few avoiding making a commitment. 36 insurers, including many from the Lloyds marketplace, have ruled out Adani.
  • Raise the environmental issues. The mine will be the second biggest in the world, use a huge amount of water, and contribute to the destruction of habitats. This includes those inhabited by endangered animals.
  • Raise the governance issues. Adani Ports has maintained business ties with a sanctioned Myanmar military-owned company in breach of the UN Global Compact Principles.
  • Raise the social issues. Indigenous custodians (Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council) have been removed and are unable continue access to cultural practice. Further to this, cultural and spiritual sites have been destroyed, and cultural leader Adrian Burragubba has been bankrupt.
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