“For NORD/LB, sustainability means aligning our bank holistically in terms of our ecological, economic and social responsibility as part of the transformation process. It is an integral part of our journey into the future,” says Thomas Bürkle, Chief Executive Officer
Acting sustainably, for…
Customers, employees and suppliers - NORD/LB focuses on people.
NORD/LB contributes to counteracting climate change.
NORD/LB's banking business affects economic developments and market situations.
Sustainability as part of the corporate strategy
Banks have a significant impact on the economy and society. They manage financial flows and thus enable economic growth, create jobs and provide social services. Their products and services affect the environment and society. Risks may thus arise, which is why it is particularly important for financial companies to take responsibility for their social, ecological and economic impacts. For this reason, sustainability is an integral part of NORD/LB's corporate strategy.
The bank's sustainability strategy comprises four principles that govern our daily activities:
By recognising the UN Global Compact and establishing its principles in the bank's internal guidelines, NORD/LB implements responsible actions with regard to ecological, economic and social impacts as part of its business and operating activities.
Knowledge of and the proper handling of the requirements of the specific interest groups is essential for NORD/LB and is indispensable for ensuring its long-term corporate success focused on sustainability.
Sustainability affects all areas of the bank and requires a holistic approach. It starts with business strategy and management and extends to the bank's customers and products to its employees, business operations and social commitment. We consider NORD/LB as a whole, taking into account interdependencies between areas and processes.
Transparency is an essential aspect of sustainability. NORD/LB’s aim is to present the positive and, if applicable, negative social effects of the bank's business across all areas in a transparent way. This is achieved by applying the Principles for Responsible Banking and by focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. This results, for example, in added value for employees and the environment, but also in optimisation potentials and measures to avoid any negative effects in the future.
Sustainability Report 2019
NORD/LB publishes a sustainability report annually in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in order to make the NORD/LB Group's business and sustainability activities transparent.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are the United Nations' 17 goals, which are intended to contribute to sustainable development at the economic, social and ecological level. NORD/LB continuously analyses the business and operating areas with regard to the 17 goals, identifies the potential for action and develops key figures that are intended to make our contribution measurable and comparable.
In our internal sustainability guidelines (ESG guidelines), we have also drawn up further regulations for dealing with financing and investments in sectors. They serve as a guide to ecological and social aspects in business decisions and lending processes.
Possible effects on the SDGs: