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Sustainability and Responsible Banking

Sustainability and Responsible Banking

December 4 is the International Day of Banks. This year we must also celebrate that there are already 200 banks, including BBVA —which is among the founders— that have signed the Principles of Responsible Banking declaration. Together, they form the largest international coalition of financial institutions working together to integrate sustainability at the heart of their businesses and to align this with their commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Garanti BBVA maintains its presence on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the sixth consecutive year. BBVA’s Turkish franchise was included in this index for the first time in 2015 and since then has effectively integrated sustainability into all of its activities and business strategies.

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Bank cards form part of the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people. The keys to  their success are their comfort and simplicity for carrying out all kinds of operations:  cash withdrawals, purchases, payments ...When it comes time to choose one, it is important to know what types of bank cards there are and their characteristics.

Green bonds have been building a solid reputation among investors. Since December 2019 green bonds can be traded openly and transparently online. This is how the Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network (NSBN) - the first electronic marketplace where professional traders can buy and sell sustainable, social and green bonds - works.

Nearly half of Spanish millennials (the generation born between 1978 and 1999) think that when they retire there will be no social security pension waiting for them, according to the BBVA pension institute's ninth annual survey. This helps to explain why three quarters (76%) of millennials believe the pension system needs a rethink. Only one in six respondents had started saving for retirement. Of those few, most use individual pension plans.

The Glasgow Climate Change Conference, which was planned for November, will have to wait until 2021 due to the pandemic. The global problems that existed prior to the arrival of COVID-19, which are still affecting the planet and will have an impact in the future, have not disappeared. The climate crisis cannot wait and remains a central topic on the agenda of all main actors - from governments and non-profits to the private sector. The upcoming preparatory meetings in London and Paris are proof that the organization is continuing its roadmap to remind us of just how much the planet has at risk.

In a year marked by a global pandemic, racial and civil unrest, a depressed economy leading to mass unemployment and a polarizing political landscape, it’s easy to believe that companies should simply be in survival mode and cut straight to the basics of their business.