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Sustainability governance

Sustainability is well integrated in Handelsbanken’s working methods and governance.
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Sustainability strategy

How we work

At Handelsbanken, we feel it natural to integrate sustainable thinking in our decision making. A decentralised way of working, close to the customer. We also have a designated team working with co-ordinating the sustainablity work in the Group’s overall operations.

Policies and guidelines

Other than regulations and national laws, we also have policies and guidelines. The policies are revised by the board every year, and guidelines issued by the CEO supplement and clarify the policies.


If would like to get in touch with us regarding the Bank’s sustainability work, please contact us by e-mail. We will get back to you as soon as possible.


The Sustainability Report 

Our sustainability report covers our most important sustainability topics, and how we implement them in our work. The report also tells you about activities and results for the recent year. We publish our Sustainability Report annually and it covers the Group as a whole. The report is prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option and is reviewed by external auditors before being published.

Risk management 

Sustainability risk can arise in any of the Bank's roles and operations. It is important to anticipate and manage sustainability risk, for financial and legal reasons as well as for the Banks reputation. Our efforts for managing sustainability risk follow the Bank’s decentralised model and are in line with the Bank's low tolerance of risk. The Bank's business operations bear the responsibility for identifying sustainability risk and managing it. This is done within a framework of established processes for risk and management.


We have an ongoing dialogue with our suppliers, and when making purchasing decisions we ensure that they have collective bargaining agreements, a work environment policy and a policy against giving and accepting bribes. At Handelsbanken, we have implemented a code of conduct for major suppliers in Sweden. As a result we see a positive link between the code, our relationships with suppliers and their direct impact on our sustainability activities.

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The goals we focus on

In our work towards a more sustainable future we have chosen to focus on six of the sustainable development goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals