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Handelsbanken is a founding signatory of the Principles for Responsible Banking

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Handelsbanken supports the PRB

The Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) were launched in connection with the UN Climate Action Summit on 22-23 September 2019. As a founding signatory Handelsbanken is one of 130 banks that have signed up and support the initiative.

The UN's intention with the PRB is to increase and make visible the contribution of the global banking sector to sustainable development. The principles also aim to strengthen the need for the financial sector to be governed in line with the Paris Agreement and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The principles have been developed by the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a partnership between the United Nations Environment Program and the global financial sector. The PRB complements the existing principles for responsible investment (PRI) that Handelsbanken signed in 2009.

Sustainability is a natural part of Handelsbanken's operations. As a bank, we play an important role in society, both through our strong local roots and in our many relationships - as a financer, investor, employer, supplier and buyer to name a few. Through the bank's operations, products and services, we can contribute to the transition to a greener and more sustainable society.
Carina Åkerström

Carina Åkerström, President and Group CEO: 

- As a bank with a strong belief in long-term relationships and local presence, sustainability is a natural part of how Handelsbanken is run. By signing the Principles for Responsible Banking, we show our customers, communities and investors that we will continue to work purposefully towards a sustainable, climate-stable economy throughout our decentralised bank.

Camilla Johansson

Camilla Johansson, Acting Head Group Sustainability: 

- Our signing of the PRB means that we support six principles that will increase the positive impact of the financial sector on the environment and society. Among other things, we will identify where Handelsbanken has the greatest positive impact and take responsibility for any negative impact. 

We will also work with our product development and with our customers to encourage sustainable economic activities. In addition the principles involve a commitment to follow up and report on our sustainability work in a transparent way.

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