Acting responsibly with a long-term perspective
Sustainability has long been an integral part of our culture and method of working. For us, this means acting responsibly and with a long-term perspective in areas where the Bank can make a difference. We want to promote achievement of the UN Global Goals by integrating them in our business operations, including responsible investment and responsible lending.
We can offer our corporate customers green loans – the first of which are green loans for buildings. To secure a green loan, the building must adhere to certain environmental requirements. The building must also be located in Sweden.
We are very active as an advisor to new and existing issuers, companies and institutions that intend to issue green bonds. We offer assistance in establishing terms and conditions, and also when issuing green bonds.
Sustainability at Handelsbanken
Sustainability work at the Bank is about acting responsibly and with a long-term perspective in areas where we can make a difference through our own operations. This comprises economic, social, and environmental perspectives.
News about sustainability
During 2019, Fabege updated its green offering and in June 2019, as the second company in the world, issued green commercial paper.
Handelsbanken has acted as advisor to Akademiska Hus in the establishment of their green bond framework and inaugural green bond placement.
In April 2019, Handelsbanken granted its first green loan for existing buildings to the real estate company Vasakronan.
On the 7 February NorgesGruppen issued an inaugural green bond, becoming the first retailer in the Nordics to do so.
Financing green projects
In 2018, Handelsbanken issued its first green bond. By issuing green bonds, we can support the long-term development of sustainable solutions by financing green projects.
Nordic market support
Handelsbanken has commissioned the Climate Bond Initiative to publish its first Nordic market report on green bonds. It provides a detailed description of the Nordic market.