1. Sustainability
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Sustainability

Our sustainability work encompasses the whole of the Group’s operations in all markets.
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Our approach to sustainability

Our commitment 

At Handelsbanken, we understand the impact we have on society, the environment and the financial market. Taking responsibility and looking to the long term have been core values guiding our work over many decades.

Strong and lasting business relationships, low risk-taking and cost-awareness are cornerstones of our business. We have integrated this sustainable thinking for so long, it has become natural for us. Our financial strength helps us to avoid becoming a burden on society when times get tough. Instead, we can positively contribute by being financially stable. We always want to be close to the community where we operate, close to the customer.
We have significant responsibilities, and we are committed to living up to them.

Sustainability report 2019

Sustainability Report 2019 (pdf 3.1 MB)

Sustainability in our operations

Social

At Handelsbanken we believe that satisfied customers are essential to achieving good and stable profitability in the long term.
Our role in society
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Financial

Our greatest opportunity to contribute is through our core business in the form of credits, investments and the services we provide.
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Responsible investment

Environmental 

In itself banking has a relatively small impact on the climate. Still, we find it important to strive towards ever greater sustainability in our operations.

News about sustainability

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Handelsbanken invests in Covid-19 Response Bond

Handelsbanken Fonder has invested SEK 220 million in a bond issued by Nordic Investment Bank, aimed at supporting business, society and healthcare and to ease the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

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Our Sustainability report

In our latest sustainability report you can read how Handelsbanken has worked with sustainability in 2019. For example, we have enhanced sustainability criteria for our funds and intensified our work with preventing financial crime.
The Sustainability yearbook

The Sustainability Yearbook 2020 

Handelsbanken is one of the most sustainable banks in the world, and the only Nordic bank included in the SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2020, which, for the first time, is launched under the S&P Global brand.


The Sustainable Development Goals

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The goals we focus on

The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. They consists of 17 goals, which aim at achieving sustainable social, environmental and financial development. 

After careful analysis we have chosen to focus on six of these goals, all of which are related to our core business. We believe that through the Bank’s operations, we have an ideal opportunity to contribute to achieving these goals.