Examples of Financial Environmental
Many organizations have developed cutting-edge financial policies
that take the environment into account. Learn about some of their
Environmental Guidelines at Public Banks
The World Bank has created environmental policies
that ensure operations "do no harm," covering areas such as
involuntary resettlement, natural habitats, safety of dams, and
projects in disputed areas.
Private Investment Corporation
OPIC is an independent
U.S. Government agency that sells investment services to assist
U.S. companies investing in some 140 emerging economies around the
Good Practice at Banks
company follows ISO 14001, an international standard for
environmental management systems, which includes objectives,
programs and monitoring, and calls for a periodic review by
This company subscribes to the UN's Global
Compact, a program which challenges world business leaders to
address human rights, labour and environment.
- Bank of
This company published Progress Report 2000, in
accordance with the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible
Economies and it follows World Bank guidelines.
- Banco Axial
Banco Axial is a Brazilian bank that
works on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and
development of instruments to obtain funding. The Bank's fund
management has a special emphasis on the environment.
Guidelines by Industry Sector
This non-profit organization
accredits forestry managers for sustainable forestry practices.
Commission on Dams
This commission assesses
alternatives for water resources and energy development, and
develops internationally accepted standards for dams.
Banks that Focus on the Environment
This company works with borrowers to use energy
efficiently; reduce waste and pollution; conserve natural
resources; and optimize profitability.
This bank is a small social bank in the
Netherlands lending only to organizations and businesses with
social and environmental objectives.
- Van City
VanCity believes that it is possible to
operate with the right values and achieve good financial results.
The bank is committed to corporate social responsibility and
social auditing, and serves as a catalyst for the self-reliance
and economic well-being of their membership and community.
Is your bank doing something to help people and the environment?