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The Sustainable Development Goals

Working towards a more sustainable future
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What part can Handelsbanken play?

In our work towards a more sustainable future we have chosen to focus on six of the sustainable development goals. Our decision is based on the relevance to the Bank's core business, our degree of influence and risks we have identified.
The goals are not only for governments. It is important that all parts of society get involved if we are to achieve these goals. The business community has a vital role to play in reaching these goals, as stated in the implementation plan produced by the UN.
Sustainable development goal no 5

Goal 5: Gender equality 

In some aspects gender inequality is decreasing, but discrimination against women and girls still continues to hold them back and deprive them of basic rights. At Handelsbanken, a gender equality culture is a fundamental part of our values. We aim to be a company where women and men have the same opportunities, conditions and power to shape the Bank and their own career.
Sustainable development goal no 8

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Roughly half of the world’s population lives under the international poverty threshold and having a job does not guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. Through dialogue we can influence companies to work towards the fulfilment of goal 8, decent work and economic growth.

Sustainable development goal no 9

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure 

Investments in sustainable industries and environmental innovations are crucial in order to create opportunities for a better future. As a bank in the local community we strive towards ensuring long-term economic growth in all of our operations.

Sustainable development goal no 11

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities 

Rapid urbanisation and expanding cities is putting unsustainable pressure on infrastructure. This could lead to economic growth, but can also have negative effects on social divides and our ecosystem.  With significant lending to the property sector, we have particular responsibility in terms of sustainable cities.

Sustainable development goal no 13

Goal 13: Climate action

The effects of definitive climate changes to our planet are already showing. As a bank we finance climate smart innovations and sustainable investments in order to reduce our indirect impact on the climate.

Sustainable development goal no 16

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

A peaceful society is a stable foundation for sustainable development. We aim to reduce illicit financial flows and significantly reduce all forms of corruption and bribery in the Bank's sphere of operations.