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Helping to secure a bright future for our communities

Our approach to sustainability

Financial stability, prudence, long-term relationships and a strong local presence are the cultural cornerstones of Handelsbanken. They shape our local, personal approach to banking, and how sustainability is woven into our everyday operations: in our actions as a responsible employer and purchaser, our work to minimise the Bank’s environmental impact, our commitment to responsible lending and investing, and in the active role our branches play in local communities throughout the country. All of this underpins the Bank’s efforts to contribute to a more sustainable future.

Sustainability at Handelsbanken


We believe in being a responsible business, for our customers, employees and the communities we serve.

About Handelsbanken
Working at Handelsbanken
Modern Slavery Act statement


As a bank built on close customer relationships, we can make the most difference through responsible financing and investment.

Responsible financing & investment
Tax strategy


We find it natural to strive continually towards reducing the environmental footprint of our operations.

News about sustainability


Sustainability Report

In our latest sustainability report you can read how the Handelsbanken Group has worked with sustainability in 2019. For example, we have enhanced sustainability criteria for our funds and intensified our work with preventing financial crime.

The Sustainability yearbook

The Sustainability Yearbook 2020

Handelsbanken is one of the most sustainable banks in the world, and the only Nordic bank included in the SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2020, which, for the first time, is launched under the S&P Global brand.

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Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB)

The UN has launched six Principles for Responsible Banking, which aim to increase the contribution of the global banking sector to sustainable development. Handelsbanken is one of the founding signatories.

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.