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 

Handelsbanken, understands the impact it has on society, the environment and the financial market. Taking responsibility and looking to the long term has been core values guiding the work over many decades.

Strong and lasting business relationships, low risk-taking and cost-awareness are cornerstones of Handelsbanken's business. The sustainable thinking has been integrated for so long that it has become natural. The financial strength is helping to avoid becoming a burden on society when times get tough. Instead, Handelsbanken can positively contribute by being financially stable. Handelsbanken always want to be close to the community where it operates, close to the customer.
Handelsbanken has significant responsibilities, and is committed to living up to them.

Handelsbanken’s sustainability goals

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Measurable goals for financing, investing and advisory services

On 24 February, Handelsbanken published its Annual Report and Sustainability Report for the year 2020. In conjunction with publication, the Bank also presented a clear strategy to work towards a number of sustainability goals, which take their starting points in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, among others.

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.
Responsible financing
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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Green Bond Impact Report

Recently, for the third consecutive year, the Bank published the Handelsbanken Green Bond Impact Report.

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Handelsbanken is proud to be a member of the UN initiative Net-Zero Banking Alliance

The UN is establishing a Net-Zero Banking Alliance, NZBA, which our CEO, Carina Åkerström, has signed up to on behalf of Handelsbanken.

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New EU regulations for sustainable investments

EU regulations make it easier to compare sustainable investments.


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.