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Banco Santander today became one of the founding signatories of the Principles for Responsible Banking, committing to strategically align its business with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. By signing the Principles for Responsible Banking, Santander joins a coalition of 130 banks worldwide, representing over USD 47 trillion in assets, in committing to take on a crucial role in helping to achieve a sustainable future.


Banco Santander was today recognised as the most sustainable bank in the world following the publication of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for 2019. The index, which is the international benchmark for corporate sustainability, placed Santander as the leading bank globally for the first time, and leading bank in Europe for the second year running following an assessment of the bank’s economic, environmental and social impact. The bank achieved a total score of 86 points out of 100, achieving the maximum score of 100 in a number of assessed areas, including tax strategy, privacy protection, environmental reporting, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, and financial inclusion.


Santander InnoVentures, Banco Santander’s fintech venture capital fund, announced today an investment in Trulioo, a Vancouver-based global identity verification provider. This is InnoVentures’s first investment in Canada and adds to the more than 25 fintech investments to date in the fund’s global portfolio.


Openbank, which is Europe’s largest fully digital bank and part of the Santander group, is launching in Germany  the first destination in an international expansion that will see the bank launch in the Netherlands and Portugal later this year, then a range of countries across Europe and the Americas in the medium term. Atits annual Media Day taking place in Berlin today, it will present a range of products and services, which will be fully operational in Germany by the end of the year with a waiting list currently open to clients.


Banco Santander today announced that it has issued the first end-to-end blockchain bond. The bank issued the bond directly onto the blockchain and the bond will also continue to exist only on the blockchain: a first step towards a potential secondary market for mainstream security tokens in the future.Banco Santander is itself the issuer of the $20 million bond, while one of the Group’s units purchased the bond at market price. The bond carries a quarterly coupon of 1,98%. Santander Securities Services is acting as tokenization agent and custodian of the cryptographic keys.


Fortune magazine has included Santander Brazil in its 2019 list of companies that are changing the world (2019 Change the World ranking), which involves 52 companies in 18 countries. These companies have had a positive impact on the community with initiatives that form part of its strategic basis. Santander has been running its Prospera microcredit programme in Brazil since 2002. Last year, it used digital technology to drastically accelerate the approvals process, reducing it from 10 days to 10 seconds. This allowed Prospera, which provides small low-interest loans to businesspeople (a quarter of whom live below the poverty threshold), to increase the number of business owners it supports by more than 50% in 2018 and to be on the right track to increasing it another 90% this year.