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We participates in numerous initiatives and collaborations to demonstrate our commitment.

Our commitment

As a responsible part of the business world, we participate in numerous initiatives and collaborations. Through these initiatives we demonstrate our commitment to an even more sustainable future regarding environmental, social and financial issues. This also gives us the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with representatives from different spheres of society.


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The Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) were officially launched in connection with the UN 2019 Climate Action Summit on 22-23 September. Handelsbanken is one of 130 banks to endorse the initiative. With PRB, the UN aims to raise awareness of and highlight the contributions to sustainable development being made by the global banking sector.

Global Compact

Handelsbanken has signed the UN Global Compact, an initiative aimed at companies which advocates 10 principles based on international conventions. These principles, established in 2000, include human rights, labour laws, the environment and anti-corruption.


The International Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organisation. Its purpose is to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation to accelerate sustainable growth We have complied with the ICC guidelines since the 1990s.

Transparency International

As part of our commitment to work against corruption we are a member of Transparency International Sweden’s Corporate Supporters Forum, a business forum which offers companies a platform to pool experience and knowledge related to anti-corruption work.


We are co-founders of the Nordic chapter of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. The mission of the IAAP is to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession globally through networking, education and certification. On a global level, the organisation is run by the United Nations initiative G3ict.

Women in finance charter

As part of its efforts towards gender equality, Handelsbanken in the UK has signed the Women in Finance Charter from HM Treasury. This means that the Bank is committed to work for more gender balance in the financial sector.

Swedish Financial Coalition

The Swedish Financial Coalition against commercial sexual exploitation of children works to obstruct and prevent trade in images of sexual abuse involving children. It is a cooperation between public authorities, the private sector and the non-profit sector. Our membership means that we take a proactive stand and have a commitment to increase awareness and contribute to preventive efforts.


ECPAT’s overall objective is to prevent exploitation of children by obstructing and preventing monetary transactions that are linked to the commercial sexual exploitation of children. We co-operate closely with ECPAT and have  integrated a preventative working method into our operations such as by obstructing and preventing payments connected with such material.

The World Childhood Foundation 

We support the World Childhood Foundation which works to prevent violence against and sexual abuse of children. The foundation wants to ensure that all children are able to develop into strong, confident, responsible people. Its work focuses mainly on children who live on the streets, in institutions or in a family where the parents are not the type of secure and trustworthy adults that a child really needs.

Global Child Forum 

We participate in Global Child Forum, a non-profit foundation which functions as an independent forum to exchange best practices and lift discussions about children’s rights. The forum brings together leaders from the business community, civil society, academia and government in order to spur action for social change with regard to children’s rights.


We are a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative, a network of investors and service providers that work to implement principles for responsible investment. The purpose is to work for increased openness and awareness of environmental, social and corporate governance issues in the companies where the signatories invest.


Handelsbanken Asset Management is a member of SWESIF, an independent network forum for organisations working with sustainable investments in Sweden. SWESIF aims to increase knowledge of and interest in sustainable investment on behalf of institutional asset owners and managers.

Equator Principles 

We have signed the Equator Principles. The principles provide guidance to financial institutions for assessing social and environmental risks in project finance. Members implement the principles in their internal guidelines, processes and procedures for project finance.


Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development is a platform where investors can learn and exchange best practices and experiences regarding Agenda 2030. The aim is to explore the role of the long-term investor and to provide ideas and inspiration for future progress.

Climate Bonds Initiative

We are a partner with the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international non-profit organisation that promotes investment in climate-change solutions. The organisation aims to facilitate the mobilisation of capital in the global green bond market by advocacy and outreach to inform and stimulate the market.


UN Environment Programme has a special organisation that works on how the capital markets can promote the adoption of best practices for the environment and sustainability. Some 200 financial institutions which support the initiative contribute to research into and knowledge of how sustainability aspects can be integrated into financial decisions.

Ung Privatekonomi - Personal finance for young people

We support initiatives that improve young people’s knowledge of personal finance by supporting information campaigns and contributing know-how. Ung Privatekonomi is a school information project that teaches Swedish upper secondary school students and teachers about personal finances and savings.

Several collaboration with universities and colleges

We have a number of collaborations with schools, universities and colleges. These collaborations are made through commitments from HR departments, as well as employees and managers from branches.


CDP is an independent international non-profit organisation which works for transparency and dialogue on companies’ environmental impacts and to make such information available to investors. Along with over 5,600 organisations all over the world, Handelsbanken annually measures and reports our environmental impacts through CDP.

Climate Action 100+

We are part of a five-year-long, global, co-operative initiative linked to the Paris Agreement As one of the investors behind the initiative we call on companies to combat climate change, curb emissions and improve transparency.


We are a member of the IIGCC, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. The groups mission is to mobilise capital for the low-carbon future by amplifying the investors voice and collaborate with business, policymakers and investors. 

Economic research and education 

Since the early 1960s, we have awarded numerous grants for economic research. This is mainly done through allocations to two independent research foundations: Tore Browaldhs stiftelse and Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse. Together, these foundations are some of the most important sources of funding for economic research in Sweden. We have also funded a professorial chair in accounting at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and contributed to the Institute for Financial Research and Swedish House of Finance. We also support a research project at SSE where studies are performed on the most important factors in creating customer satisfaction and in monitoring the link between loyalty and profitability.