1. Sustainability


Our approach to sustainability

Without sales or brand campaigns, we depend entirely on our stakeholders' trust and recommendation to grow our business. That's why, at Handelsbanken, acting responsibly for the long-term good of our customers, communities and colleagues is not just a hallmark, but a necessity. 

Although perhaps known for our strong local relationships, financial prudence and empowered working model, we know we can have most positive impact by lending and investing responsibly, as our customers' trusted advisor.

Sustainability at Handelsbanken

ESG strategy

Our long term ESG strategy sets out the areas we will focus on in the coming years.

ESG strategy
Tax strategy

Sustainability goals

We have a number of goals that underpin our sustainability work and ensure we are making good progress.

Handelsbanken sustainability goalsOpens in a new window
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Opens in a new window

Sustainability in action

How we integrate sustainability into our business operations.

Responsible financing & investment
Climate action
Diversity and inclusion
Modern slavery Act statement

News and insights about sustainability

Handelsbanken Group commits to net zero emissions by 2040

The Handelsbanken Group has outlined its sustainability goals going forward. Achieving net zero emissions by 2040, across all of its home markets, is one of a number of key goals.

Climate change and the challenge of the century

Climate change is the greatest challenge of this century, which is quite a statement when you consider we’ve just experienced a global pandemic.

The Sustainability Yearbook 2021

For the fifth consecutive year, Handelsbanken has been included in the SAM Sustainability Yearbook. We are the solitary Nordic bank to have achieved this five years in a row. 

The Sustainable Development Goals


The goals we focus on

The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. They consists of 17 goals, which aim to achieve sustainable social, environmental and financial development. 

After careful analysis we have chosen to focus on six of these goals, all of which are related to our core business. We believe that through the Bank’s operations, we have an ideal opportunity to contribute to achieving these goals.