Cross-sector policy

ABN AMRO has released bank-wide declarations for three key topics: human rights, climate change and animal welfare. The declarations address the way we deal with issues in these areas.They apply to all activities across the bank, and to all relations we establish with third parties who might be involved in these activities.

Declaration of Human Rights

Respecting human rights is a vital part of responsible business for ABN AMRO. We want to meet the expectations society has of us as a bank: to make a point of treating everyone with dignity.

Our Declaration of Human Rights​ (PDF 160 KB) is based on international guidelines and conventions, including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Declaration applies to all our activities, all divisions of the bank and all relations with third parties, which means it extends to all employees, clients, commercial business relations and suppliers. We work continuously on our advice and policies to ensure the bank and its business partners live up to their responsibilities regarding human rights.

Climate statement

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing us today. In December 2015, 196 countries adopted the Paris Agreement: a commitment to keep the rise in the global average temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. ABN AMRO fully acknowledges its role in achieving this objective. The bank’s contribution to the Paris Agreement’s goals align with our purpose and strategy: ‘Accelerating the sustainability shift’.

ABN AMRO’s Climate Statement​ (PDF 259 KB) sets out what accelerating the sustainability shift means in relation to climate change: what our goal is and what actions we have implemented and plan to implement to achieve it. This document also describes how climate change-related risks are managed.

ABN AMRO is one of the signatories of the Climate Statement of the Dutch Banking Association​ (PDF 577 KB). The statement lists ten action points through which the CEO's of the participating Dutch banks will endeavour to permanently improve sustainability in the banking sector and in society as a whole.

Animal Welfare Statement

At ABN AMRO, we recognise that as a financial service provider we can be connected to potential adverse impacts on animal welfare through our business relations. We have therefore written an Animal Welfare Statement​ (PDF 253 KB) explaining our overarching approach to animal welfare, with particular attention to the following themes: 

  • wildlife and endangered species
  • animal testing and biotechnology
  • animals and entertainment
  • fur and wool
  • livestock farming and transportation
  • fisheries