1. Sustainability
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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.

News about sustainability

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Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) 

In connection with the UN Climate Action Summit, the UN have launched six principles for responsible banking. Handelsbanken is one of the Founding Signatories.

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More sustainability in investments

We are enhancing our sustainability requirements for all funds. The criteria for excluded companies are now on the same level that earlier only applied to our Criteria funds.

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Sustainability megatrends reshaping markets 

Climate issues continue to climb on the global agenda. Following trends and integrating sustainability have shown an impact on financial returns.

Sustainability in our operations



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


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.

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.