BBVA has updated the Group's Tax Strategy, last published in 2015. The bank thereby addresses rising interest among analysts, investors and wider society in corporate decisions with an impact on environmental, social and good governance issues. The new strategy strengthens the governance, oversight and control structure by creating a specific tax compliance body and integrating ESG criteria in tax decision-making.
BBVA is the Spanish company with the largest number of employees with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) accreditation granted by the CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals. More than 170 of the Group's employees in Europe, Mexico and other geographies hold this U.S. based accreditation. In addition, more than 50 BBVA professionals hold the Certificate in ESG Investing accreditation, also from the CFA Institute, which focuses on sustainable investment.
The British magazine, part of the Financial Times group, also recognized BBVA as the Best Bank in Mexico, one of its biggest markets, as well as the franchise in Peru. For The Banker, BBVA is a “leading bank in Latin America, standing out from its peers in various markets in the region.”
BBVA clinched the title of the best digital bank for businesses in Spain in 2023, according to Global Finance magazine, a US publication specializing in financial markets and investment banking. This recognition was part of the '2023 Best Digital Bank Awards,' where BBVA not only claimed the top spot for digital banking but also received accolades for having the premier mobile banking app for businesses in Spain and Western Europe.
BBVA Italy has now surpassed 240,000 customers since its launch in October 2021. The bank's strategy, based on a range of fee-free products for customers' day-to-day business (account and card) and financing and savings products at very competitive prices, is yielding results. These figures confirm that the bank is on track to achieve its year-end target of 320,000 customers.
BBVA successfully completed the share buyback program launched on October 2, which reached €1 billion. Under the program, the bank repurchased a total of 127,532,625 shares at an average price of €7.84. The buyback has the consideration of extraordinary shareholder distribution, which means that it is in addition to BBVA's shareholder distribution policy of between 40 and 50 percent of the bank's earnings.
The energy transition affects all industrial and distribution processes. However, the sustainability-related challenges faced by companies also translate into business opportunities and competitive gains, according to Luisa Gómez Bravo, Global Head of Finance at the BBVA Group. "BBVA wants to help companies that are moving steadily towards energy transition in their business models," she said during her speech at the Spain Capital Markets hosted by Bloomberg on November 23. "Sustainability has become a regular part of our dialogue with our clients.”
BBVA’s Turkish franchise is strategically reinforcing its commitment to enhance customer accessibility by extending remote banking services to corporate clients.
Onur Genç remarked on the valuable social contribution made by the Spanish banking sector, at a recent forum organized by the Spanish Banking Association (AEB). According to BBVA’s CEO, “the strength and profitability of Spanish banks is good news for the wider economy.” Looking to the future, “the role of banks, if possible, is more important, as further investments will be needed toward the decarbonization and digitization of the economies.”
BBVA has earned The Banker 2023 awards for Best Private Bank in Peru and Best Private Bank for Customer Service in Latin America, while also earning the ‘Highly Commended’ special mention in the Best Private Banking in Latin America and Mexico categories. The magazine held a very positive view of the customer relationship model of BBVA’s private banking business, which is especially important amid the current market uncertainty.