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 

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.

Sustainability report 2019

Sustainability Report 2019 (pdf 3.1 MB)

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
Working at Handelsbanken


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.

News about sustainability

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Green Bond

Handelsbanken has issued its second green bond. It was heavily oversubscribed.

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Sustainable Bank of the Year

For the second year running, Handelsbanken has been ranked as Sweden’s most sustainable listed company in the banking and finance sector. 

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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.

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.