To build a more responsible bank and strengthen customer loyalty, we’re embedding our environmental, social and governance approach in our strategy and culture.

We aim to be net zero by 2050 as we support all our customers' transition to a low-carbon economy and drive inclusive and sustainable growth.

¹ Sustainable Development Goals

One

of the 25 best workplaces in the world

#1

bank in Bloomberg Gender Equality Index

Since 2019
€ 65.7 bn

in green finance

SINCE 2019
7.5 million

people financially empowered

SINCE 2019
388 thousand

people benefitted by scholarship, internship and entrepreneurship programmes

SINCE 2019
6.1 million

people helped through our community programmes

One

of the 25 best workplaces in the world

#1

bank in Bloomberg Gender Equality Index

Since 2019
€ 65.7 bn

in green finance

SINCE 2019
7.5 million

people financially empowered

SINCE 2019
388 thousand

people benefitted by scholarship, internship and entrepreneurship programmes

SINCE 2019
6.1 million

people helped through our community programmes

Reports on responsible banking

The ESG presentations below give an overview of Santander’s sustainability strategy and corporate governance.

Core policies that embed ESG Criteria in our business model

Guidelines for assessing and determining our involvement in sectors that carry reputational risk.

Initiatives

Santander is an active member in the main local and international initiatives and working groups that promote sustainable development.

Principles of Responsible Investment

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This UN initiative aims to promote sustainable investment and development among its signatories.

Santander manages employees’ pension funds in Spain and Brazil based on standards of responsible investment.

More details: Principles of Responsible Investment

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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Group Executive Chair Ana Botín is a member of WBCSD’s executive committee, and Santander is part of its Future of Work initiative, which helps companies adapt their business and human resource strategy in the digital age.

More details: WBCSD

ESG ratings

In 2021, Santander received a rating of AA (on a scale of AAA-CCC) in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment.
We also improved our rating as assessed by Sustainalytics, raising our score from 27.1 to 23.9 (the lowest the best) with the higher-than-average score on corporate governance, product governance, resilience, human capital management, and data privacy and security.
In 2021, Santander’s ESG score improved from B to A-, alongside leading financial groups and above the average for the finance sector.
21 years in a row including on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. In 2021 our score was 86 points out of 100, just three points below the highest and ranking 8th among banks as of May 2022.
Once again awarded us its prime badge for companies with an ESG performance above the sector-specific “Prime” threshold as of November 2021.
We continue to be classified as "advanced" on the Vigeo Index, with 61 points, above the sector average in environmental and corporate governance matters.
We’ve featured since 2003. Our score in 2021 was 4.5 out of 5, two points above the sector average.
For the seventh year in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (BGEI) reaching 90.26, above from the industry average (72.69), the highest scoring bank in the Index and the second highest scoring company overall.
Our ESG Assessment remains in the ‘Advanced’ category with an ESG score of 61/100. Our performance on the environmental and corporate governance pillars is above the average for the Diversified banks sector.

External accolades

One of the world’s 25 best places to work.
Top Employers Europe 2021 in three of our core markets in Europe.
One of the 100 most valuable brands in the world.
Best Bank for Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Finance in Latin America.
Things that inspire us