Climate change is forcing countries and the private sector to gaze into the future from a different point of view, one in which technology opens new paths to contribute to the development of societies. This is the scenario based on which the UN has defined its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. BBVA has committed to – and is already – contributing to the achievement of this goal.
BBVA Momentum, BBVA’s social entrepreneurship support program, announced the final list of companies that will participate in the 2019 program. The enthusiasm and ambition to surpass previous years’ numbers prevailed during the selection phase, as the final participant numbers attest.
14 Jun 2019
Eren Yardim, a BBVA office manager in Balikesir, Turkey, believes that the motivation to achieve success comes from within. The key is to think big and not be afraid of change.
13 Jun 2019
BBVA, the Houston Dynamo and Dash, and key city leaders gathered at the newly-renamed BBVA Stadium on Thursday to unveil the iconic venue’s new signage in a ceremonial press conference, marking a new beginning for an East End neighborhood staple.
Creating Opportunities. This is the BBVA motto and the strategy behind the Group’s rebranding. Launched across the bank’s footprint, the new logo is the “physical and tangible” element that represents – both internally and externally – the transformation undertaken by the Group.
It was no easy task: to evolve (or revolutionize) BBVA’s logo so that it reflects the Group’s transformation. The result was just revealed in all countries where BBVA operates. Imanol, Brian and Blanca are three of the designers who – from their area of expertise – participated in this historic project that makes BBVA’s new identity a reality.
12 Jun 2019
BBVA executive chairman Carlos Torres Vila met today with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the National Palace in Mexico City. Torres Vila conveyed BBVA Group’s commitment with Mexico to the Mexican president and announced an investment of 63 billion pesos (about €2.9 billion at today’s exchange rate) for the 2019-2024 period. During that time, BBVA will continue to contribute to Mexico’s economic growth by providing loans to families and businesses.
This Wednesday, BBVA successfully completed its second green bond issue in the wholesale debt market – the first one was in May 2018 – for the same amount, €1 billion, and with the same instrument and maturity. The transaction drew a very positive reaction from investors, with book orders exceeding €2.7 billion, a figure similar to the one reached last year. Excess demand made it possible to lower the price to mid-swap plus 103 basis points, from the initial range set at 120-125 basis points. This price entails a new zero new issue premium, just as in its first green bond issue.
BBVA is consolidating its leadership in Europe’s green financing market by signing a EUR 25 Mn bilateral green loan with Katoen Natie, a Belgian logistics and engineering company. This transaction represents an important landmark as it is the first green financing closed in Belgium by BBVA. Furthermore, BBVA is not only acting as lender but also as advisor on their Sustainable Finance Framework. The loan is in favour of a subsidiary of Katoen Natie for an innovative industrial recycling plant which will result in the recycling of chemical residues while also recovering materials and producing energy for neighboring industries.
This week, BBVA announced its official transition to a unified brand and launched a new logo across its footprint, as it advances in its efforts to offer its customers the best products and services, in an increasingly digital environment.
In collaboration with Impact Hub Istanbul, the 10 social entrepreneurs will participate in online and classroom-based learning that will contribute to their business growth plans, and strategic mentoring-support and networking activities that include other entrepreneurs, customers and investors.
Rebranding a company is no easy task. Neither is creating the campaign to support this change. But for those who worked on BBVA’s campaign to launch the new brand, it has been an absorbing and rewarding experience.
BBVA Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila has reiterated the importance of the bank operating globally if it is to meet its purpose of bringing the age of opportunity to everyone.
BBVA’s new brand has now been rolled-out across all the countries within the bank’s footprint. The process of deploying the new corporate image will continue for the next six to twelve months, reaching all channels, both physical and virtual, and all customer touchpoints.
Data may have been the key buzzword at the Money 2020 Europe event in Amsterdam last week, but it was its constituent parts that were really vying for attention.
11 Jun 2019
BBVA Group Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila underscored the Group’s strong commitment to Mexico today. Speaking at the bank’s annual Meeting of Regional Advisors, he noted that the Group has made considerable investments in the country, while sharing its expertise and talent, always focusing on the goal of creating opportunities for Mexican companies, families and its society as a whole. “Mexico has grown with BBVA, and BBVA has grown with Mexico,” he said.
BBVA has unveiled its new corporate identity across the countries within its operating footprint, re-designed to represent the timeless, simple, and universal value of opportunities.
Why a change now? When will I receive a card with the new logo? Will my local branch change? What new services will be offered in my country? Will I see changes in the mobile banking app? If you don’t want to miss out on what the new BBVA brand offers you, keep reading.
10 Jun 2019
BBVA today initiated its new brand strategy and updated logo originally announced in April, beginning the process of replacing tens of thousands of physical logos — and thousands more digital ones — with the bank’s new mark. In the U.S., crown signage on high rise buildings in Birmingham, Ala., Denver, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston unveiled the new logo today, along with four branch locations. Remaining locations will transition to the new brand in the coming months.
How is the electricity market changing with the arrival of renewable energy? How will green energy and its marketing evolve? Are companies advancing in the transition to a decarbonized economy at the pace the planet needs? These are some of the questions posed in the event organized by the newspaper El País “Marketing renewable energy” on June 6th.
BBVA unveils its new brand in order to better convey the new reality of the bank, which is both increasingly digital and international. The bank delivers a value proposition that provides its customers the best global solutions and an unparalleled user experience.
Roughly half the world’s population still lives on only the equivalent of two U.S. dollars per day, whereas worldwide unemployment stands at 5.7 percent. This might seem like a low percentage, but in many parts of the world, merely having a job does not translate into being able to escape poverty. The eradication of poverty depends on all parts of society having access to stable employment and decent wages. This is the objective of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8: “Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all,” a goal BBVA works toward each day, not only internally in its relationship with its employees, but also with a business model that more broadly contributes to its fulfillment.
07 Jun 2019
The European Central Bank (ECB) announced at yesterday’s meeting its future guidance on rates, which will remain on hold at least until the first half of 2020. As noted by BBVA Research in its ECB Watch report, the ECB is open to adopting further measures if necessary. The ECB also announced the conditions of its TLTRO-III liquidity line.
06 Jun 2019
How does BBVA-Anthemis partnership work, what is it trying to achieve and what will success look like? Gustavo Vinacua, Global Head of Venture Creation at BBVA, and Farhan Lalji, Venture Partnership Lead at Anthemis, revealed their new strategy at Money2020.
Garanti BBVA is leading the creation of value for its customers by delivering innovative products and services to the digital banking sector. Its mobile app Garanti BBVA Mobile was ranked the second best in Europe for the second year in a row by Forrester Research, one of the world’s leading research and consulting companies.
05 Jun 2019
This week marks yet another milestone for BBVA in the European green financing arena. ESB, the leading Irish Utility, has chosen BBVA to act as green structuring bank and joint bookrunner in their inaugural EUR 500 million green bond. This is the first ever green bond issued by an Irish corporate and the net proceeds from the transaction will be destined to finance eligible green projects, mainly under the following categories: renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation and green buildings.
04 Jun 2019
Money 2020 Europe is the biggest conference on the continent focused on the future of banking, money and financial services. Over the course of three days in Amsterdam, around 10,000 business leaders, entrepreneurs, start-ups, press and potential customers will be sharing and debating the trends likely to shape the future of the sector.
A company like BBVA has many stories to tell, and the objective is always to find a way to share our stories with as many people as possible. This is why we have been developing a voice content strategy linked to podcast programming for more than a year.
Carlos Torres Vila
Group Executive Chairman
03 Jun 2019
Almost a year ago, BBVA USA launched the ground-breaking BBVA Compass RealTime ARP™ and BBVA Compass RealTime Positive Pay™ products – digital solutions that would change the landscape of U.S. treasury management.
BBVA recently enhanced its slate of programs designed to help more people with homeownership, announcing that it is now offering additional closing cost assistance for low-to-moderate income (LMI) borrowers that qualify for FHA or VA home loans.
In 2017, BBVA introduced SmartDollar, a free, holistic financial wellness program founded by finance guru Dave Ramsey, to help its U.S. employees take control of their personal finances. Since then, more than 3,100 BBVA team members have been active SmartDollar users with nearly $5.2 million in total debt eliminated and nearly $4.5 million in total savings added as of January 2019—a testament to the effectiveness of the bank’s promotion of financial wellness as a means to create opportunities for people, including its employees.
For many Americans, their home is their greatest source of wealth. It is for this reason — and many others — that the housing market has always been an extremely important part of the U.S. economy. What’s more, studies have shown time and time again homeowners are more active in their communities, healthier and less likely to be victims of crime. Simply put, home ownership is good for our citizens, our communities and our country. Which is why over the years, the U.S. government has created programs designed to make homeownership accessible for more Americans.
Global strategic agreement with NetApp enables optimization of data management and enhancement of cloud operations to continue supporting digital transformation.
31 May 2019
BBVA continues to lead the pack in European mobile banking for the third year in a row, according to independent Research Firm Forrester Research. Garanti bank, BBVA’s franchise in Turkey, also had the second highest overall score.
Redexis has made its €300 million syndicated revolving credit facility sustainable by extending its maturity profile, reducing the average cost of its debt and reinforcing its socially responsible commitment. BBVA acted as sustainable coordinator in this transaction, the first ever by the Spanish energy infrastructure company in the sustainable financing market.
30 May 2019
According to BBVA, knowledge, education, and culture are fundamental drivers for the creation and development of opportunities for individuals. In 2018 alone, the bank invested €75.5 million in these areas, helping 3.8 million people.
BBVA’s venture capital business Propel Venture Partners has led the funding round into one of the three finalists of the bank’s Open Talent competition, just a year after the business scooped a top award.
Sixty candidates worked non-stop to develop an analytical model and come up with a business solution based on datasets provided by BBVA. The competition, hosted last week at Ciudad BBVA, was the last phase of a selection process aimed at recruiting new members to enroll in the ‘Young Data Professionals’ program, a BBVA initiative aimed at developing young advanced analytics talent.
29 May 2019
The final school bell has rung for a good portion of students across the U.S. – and if it hasn’t, it surely will soon. Summer plans are being made, and that could include a family vacation abroad to experience foreign lands and new cultures with loved ones.
Speaking at the European Conference on Financial Integration and Stability, BBVA Head of Regulation Santiago Fernández de Lis detailed the benefits of a true single digital market and the need for greater harmonization of the regulation governing digital financial services. The event, jointly organized by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, was held in Brussels last week.
At the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) 2019 Global Conference, Garanti BBVA presented their 2018 annual consolidated report, which emphasized how important empathy is to the bank’s corporate culture and how this influences their approach to customers,clients and employees. Sinem Ozonur, BBVA Head of Consolidated Reporting at Garanti BBVA, was the first representative from a Turkish company to take the stage and address some of the more note-worthy topics.
In recent years, society has become increasingly aware of the importance of climate change. The not so remote hazards it poses to our current way of life make changes in current policies necessary. The financial industry is joining forces in the fight against climate change through sustainable finance. Sustainable loans are one of the key tools, and banks play a decisive role when they act as sustainable agents for these loans. But what does this actually entail?
28 May 2019
27 May 2019
BBVA Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila today unveiled the book ‘Towards a New Enlightenment? A Transcendent Decade’ in Madrid. The book is the eleventh in a collection sponsored by OpenMind, the non-profit knowledge community created by BBVA. More than 20 authors contributed to this year’s edition, which fosters a broad based discussion about the new philosophical and ethical foundations that need to be established in order to sustain an economy, a society, a culture – and the corresponding regulation – as they adapt to the new scientific and technological contexts.
BBVA Group has developed a platform to facilitate mobile payments across all the countries in its footprint. The platform developed by BBVA connects to Visa and Mastercard directly from each country’s application and provides the data required to process digital transactions from a smartphone.
It is a known fact that water is the source of life, and survival depends on its constant cycle. The United Nation’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) recognizes the fundamental right to water and sanitation, establishing that every human has the right to between 50 and 100 liters (13 to 26 gallons) of safe and affordable water per day at a distance of less than 1,000 meters (just over half a mile) – or a half hour – from their home. BBVA is also contributing to the fulfillment of this SDG with its ‘Pledge 2025’ specifically with activity aimed at saving water and raising awareness about the responsible use of this life-giving resource.
24 May 2019
What if the whole world came together to eliminate poverty and hunger; ensure good health, quality education and clean water for all people and reduce inequalities? What if every country committed to work toward affordable, clean energy and responsible consumption and production? It may sound too good to be true, but through the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, that’s actually happening now.
Homeownership has always been a part of the American dream. All you have to do is work hard, and you can get your piece of the economic pie. We’re a country built on the promise of social mobility, and for many Americans, owning a home means you made it to the top.
BBVA USA today announced that it has named Kevin McMahon as its new U.S. Head of Engineering, where he will be responsible for the company’s overall information technology strategy.
The list of social media platforms could go on and on. There is a vast amount of social media sites and seemingly an infinite number of active social media users.
In commemoration of Earth Day, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) publicly acknowledged those companies listed on the exchange that have integrated sustainable practices into their business models, promoting sustainability with their actions, in their business dealings, and with their stakeholders. BBVA was one of the companies the American stock exchange singled out for their significant Earth-friendly efforts, like BBVA’s ‘Pledge 2025’.
BBVA held its first Family Cybersecurity Day, an initiative aimed at raising awareness and educating employees and their families about the potential risks derived from the online activities and certain digital habits that are already a part of our daily lives.
Applications for BBVA Open Talent 2019 — the biggest fintech startup competition in the world — are open until 5 July 2019.
23 May 2019
Artist Lita Cabellut, an Air Force commander, a player of the national rugby team, a gas fitter and businesswoman, a science degree undergraduate and a truck driver and entrepreneur served by BBVA Microfinance Foundation have shared how, from their own experiences, an opportunity can change people’s lives. The Queen has chaired the roundtable, where the current Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, BBVA group executive chairman Carlos Torres Vila and BBVAMF CEO Javier M. Flores have also participated.
David Matsumoto is a psychology professor at San Francisco State University (SFSU). His mastery of microexpressions, gestures, non-verbal behavior, culture, and emotion have made him one of the leading experts in these areas. Currently, he is the director of the Emotion and Culture Research Laboratory at SFSU, focused on studies that revolve around social interaction, and communication. In addition, Matsumoto founded the East Bay Judo Institute in El Cerrito, California. He has a seventh-degree black belt and is a licensed class-A trainer and referee.
BBVA has rolled out an innovative dynamic portfolio DIY-management solution for wholesale clients. BBVA has incorporated a new platform into its systems: Euroclear Quantessence, a tool that allows clients to easily set and change their portfolio’s parameters. The software also allows clients to visualize the changes made to said settings in real time.
Investors who want to put their money where their ethics are — to realize potentially attractive returns while supporting environmentally sound and humane business practices — may choose from a variety of financial instruments that align with these goals.
22 May 2019
A bond is a debt instrument used by companies as a source of financing. Depending on the issuer’s credit quality, a bond can be classified as investment grade or high yield. But what are their main differences?
21 May 2019
Javier García Tolonen
The company, in which BBVA invested in 2018, was named best startup in growth stage at the Fintech Germany awards.
BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group operates in more than 30 countries and has a strong leadership position in the Spanish market, is the largest financial institution in Mexico, it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. It is also the leading shareholder in Turkey’s BBVA Garanti. Its purpose is to bring the age of opportunities to everyone, based on our customers’ real needs: provide the best solutions, helping them make the best financial decisions, through an easy and convenient experience. The institution rests in solid values: Customer comes first, we think big and we are one team. Its responsible banking model aspires to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable society.
20 May 2019
Business giants like Nike and Cisco are making significant investments in diversity efforts. In California, public companies are now required to include both men and women on their boards, reports NPR. And there’s a reason why attention on diversity and inclusion in the workplace continues to grow: A diverse, inclusive workforce isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also good for business.
An integrated and fully-entrenched capital markets union in Europe is needed to ensure an orderly transition in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. José Manuel González-Páramo, BBVA Head of Global Economics and Institutional Relations stated as much today.
As part of its commitment to the communities within its footprint, BBVA contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal no. nº5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The 17 SDGs set out by the UN are a call for action by all countries and companies to adopt specific measures to end poverty and inequality through environmental protection and the pursuit of economic development under conditions of prosperity and social justice.
We live in times of rapid change. And in this age of change, we refuse to just sit with the audience as mere spectators; we want to be in the spotlight, we want to play a leading role in this digital revolution, in this reality that demands us to be able to quickly adapt. It is in this context of relentless transformation that has prompted BBVA Research to launch new website: more user-friendly, with expanded features and a responsive design that adapts to any browsing device.
17 May 2019
Credit cards are a useful financial tool that can be utilized in various situations.
However, not everybody carries a credit card. Some people may want to simply use a debit card, or some may not have a good enough score required to obtain a credit card. This could prove difficult in certain situations – especially when trying to rent a car.
BBVA received two awards from the specialist publication, ‘International Tax Review’ this Thursday in London. First, José María Vallejo was recognized as the best in-house tax director in Europe in 2018; and second, the BBVA tax team was acknowledged for its contribution to one of the most notable corporate deals of the year: the transfer of the bank’s property business in Spain to Cerberus.