Bankinter added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as one of the most sustainable banks in the world

Bankinter’s inclusion in the prestigious international stock exchange index is recognition of its work and outstanding management in its social, environmental and corporate governance efforts.

The bank had already been on the European index since last year and made this year’s list of the world’s most sustainable countries.

Bankinter reached a milestone in its history upon being selected for the list of companies quoted on the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The news was published today by the investment company, RobecoSAM, which is charged with preparing this international sustainability index. Bankinter made the leap from the European index, where it had already been listed, to the global list, earning recognition for the first time as one of the most sustainable banks in the world due to its track record.  

Pedro Guerrero, chairman of Bankinter and its sustainability committee, pointed out that ‘it gives us great pride to have been included in this index, which for us means joining the league of international entities with a high level of corporate responsibility. It also is recognition of the work and efforts of all of us who are part of Bankinter, because we strongly believe in carrying out our operations through sustainability and corporate responsibility”.

Bankinter came in thirteenth place in a group of the 27 most sustainable banks in the world, according to this stock index selection based on a study of 201 entities. Bankinter earned a score of 82 over 100 in the assessment carried out to select the companies and banks whose stock will be listed on this prestigious index. This excellent score has allowed the bank to stand amongst the top performing banks listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Some of the highly esteemed aspects of Bankinter’s management were its financial stability and tax strategy; its reporting security and cybersecurity; its environmental reporting; its human capital; its talent recruitment and retention; its citizenship; and its philanthropy.

For Bankinter, being included in this index is recognition of the work and efforts of its entire staff and their involvement in all the sustainable projects that the entity has launched with its global strategy.

Sustainability management has always been a priority in Bankinter. It is carried out under rigorous standards of excellence which include activities based on social, environmental and corporate governance-related matters.

The bank’s sustainability management has been guided by its consecutive sustainability plans. The latest plan, currently in force, was approved in January 2016 by the bank’s board of directors for the 2016-2020 period, as the ‘Three in a row’ plan. The plan is a multi-year programme for managing sustainability that will end in 2020. It takes its name from the three dimensions that form part of the Bank's sustainability model (economic, social and environmental).