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How we will become an even more sustainable bank

Watch the interview with Catharina Belfrage Sahlstrand, Head of Sustainability and Climate action at Handelsbanken about our sustainability goals
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Measurable goals for financing, investing and advisory services

Handelsbankens hållbarhetschef Catharina Belfrage Sahlstrand

Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2020 

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.

Pressure growing on the financial sector 

The financial sector is feeling pressure on many fronts to work actively with sustainability: investors, employees, public authorities and – not least – our customers.

“I am therefore very pleased to be able to present goals that will genuinely shape our core operations, in the form of financing and investment, as well as the advice we provide to our customers,” says Catharina Belfrage Sahlstrand, Head of Sustainability and Climate action at Handelsbanken.

“One further, concrete climate goal we have established is to achieve net zero emissions as soon as possible, but by no later than 2040.”

You can watch the full interview with Catharina here, in which she provides an outline of the goals and some comments.

Watch the full interview here

Sustainability – a profitable business

While sustainability has grown in importance and expectations from society have increased accordingly, there are also powerful financial incentives to attach the utmost gravity to sustainability. One example is the funds that invested in sustainable companies, and became the winners of 2020. One other is financing that contributes to increased sustainability and can, therefore, be offered at a lower interest rate – simply put, sustainable investments and projects have a lower financial risk.

Read more about our sustainability goals 

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