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, and 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.
Declaration on Climate Change
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing us today. ABN AMRO is shouldering its responsibility to fight climate change. For example, by helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our carbon footprint.
Through its participation in the Dutch Long Term Agreement on Energy Efficiency (MJA3), ABN AMRO is committed to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions to at least 30% below 2005 levels by 2020. We also address our indirect impact by proactively developing products and services that address climate change, such as a deal team dedicated to financing renewable energy. Fore more information, please see our Declaration on Climate Change (PDF 78 KB).
Gerrit Zalm, Chairman of the ABN AMRO Managing Board, 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 CEOs 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