Handelsbanken: Latest addition to our Partners Program

Swedish bank joins our expanding network

One of Sweden’s leading banks, Handelsbanken is the latest financial institution to join our Partners Program. Partners assist in developing climate finance solutions, market development committees and help define policy agendas for national, regional and sector based programs.

Handelsbanken already integrates sustainability into its long-term perspective and has already signed numerous voluntary agreements, including the UN’s Banks and the Environment programme (UNEP FI), the UN’s Global Compact, and the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI). With branch operations beyond Sweden including Norway, Finland, Denmark, the UK and the Netherlands, the bank has seen steady growth in the past years.

The Nordic bank has also been active within the green bonds market and contributed to its development by serving as an advisor to green bonds issuers, consulting one third of Nordic issuers in 2016.

Who’s saying what?

Tobias Lindbergh, Head of Sustainable Finance, Handelsbanken

"Handelsbanken has been active in green and sustainable finance for many years. We've advised clients on green bond frameworks and supported the growth of the market in many ways, for instance by hosting conferences, publishing newsletters and enabling stakeholder dialogue. The Climate Bonds Initiative has played an important role in the global growth of green bonds and sustainable finance on topics such as standardization, a source of news and raising awareness of the importance of financial markets to tackle climate change. We are glad to become a partner and support this important work." 

Elisabet Jamal Bergström, Head of Sustainability, Handelsbanken

"Climate action is a great challenge for all businesses, including the financial sector. As a long-term and risk conscious bank, we see a huge opportunity in contributing to sustainable development and at the same time doing better business throughout our value chain. We want to partner with our customers and provide solutions that address sustainability, such as green loans or sustainable savings and asset management services."

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

"Handelsbanken is an example of the climate and sustainability leadership that is one of the hallmarks of Sweden’s finance sector and at an international level Scandinavian nations. With this new partnership, we intend to build on those strengths and work together to further develop regional and sub-sovereign green investment models and market growth.”

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