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Carlos Barrientos, responsible for the Sustainable Business and Financing Division.


As part of its Responsible Management strategy

Bankia creates a Sustainable Business and Financing Division

The bank reinforces with this new direction, which will be directed by Carlos Barrientos, its commitment to sustainable finance and the environmental impact of its activity.

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By  Communication Bankia

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27 August 2019 - 11:15

  • The aim of this new Division is to boost the mobilisation of resources and promote investment financing, within a framework of actions aimed at, and committed to environmental, social and governance criteria, expanding the range of sustainable products and services offered by the bank
  • The bank is strengthening its commitment to sustainable finance and the environmental impact of its business.

Bankia has created the Sustainable Business and Financing Division, headed up by Carlos Barrientos, with the aim of boosting the mobilisation of resources within a framework of activities committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, and to promoting investment financing under these same criteria.

With this decision, Bankia strengthens its commitment to sustainable finance and the environmental impact of its activity. This new Division has a very multidisciplinary approach in the bank, both from the perspective of customer and product segments, as well as in terms of the bank’s different central supporting structures.

With the creation of the Sustainable Business and Financing Division, Bankia is staying ahead of the social and economic trends of the coming years by coming up with new proposals for products and services that are attractive to its customers.

Carlos Barrientos, who has been Bankia’s Ratings Director since February 2014, will head up the Sustainable Business and Financing Division. Part of the group since 1996, he has a degree in Economic Sciences, and after holding various responsibilities in the bank’s Risks area, he joined Business Banking in 2006.

In February 2014 he joined the Financial Department, in Investor Relations and Ratings, as Ratings Director, a position he has held until today.

“The consequences of climate change are evident and society as a whole is aware that it is necessary to take mitigating measures, but the most critical thing is to incorporate ESG criteria into decision-making in the future,” says Carlos Barrientos.

In this sense, Barrientos points out, “we all play a major role, and financial institutions that channel savings and investment are no exception. In recent years Bankia has been heavily committed to sustainable finance, and this commitment has now been bolstered by the creation of the Sustainable Business and Financing Division”.

Sustainable products

Bankia's catalogue of products and services now includes financing products that promote sustainable consumption and investment. Among these products is the “Sustainable Credit” to finance the acquisition of vehicles, appliances or home renovations, always subject to environmental criteria.

Similarly, the institution is offering 'Sustainable Business Loans', aimed at financing sustainable projects such as the acquisition of green vehicles, refurbishments of premises to improve their eco-efficiency and the purchase of low consumption equipment and installations.

In addition, Bankia and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have recently signed an agreement to finance access to newly built, efficient and low-emissions housing. This is the first EIB operation in the European Union aimed at promoting these types of mortgages.

Furthermore, Bankia's “Business Solutions” digital tools platform for companies offers the “Responsible Management” and “Certify” tools to promote management and decision-making that include social, environmental and good governance aspects, which lead to an increase in productivity and a better reputation of Bankia customers’ businesses in their area of activity, and facilitate the third party certification of this entire effort.

With regard to savings and investment products, Bankia has developed the “Bankia Sustainable Future Fund”, which invests in entities selected because they have a positive impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Responsible Management

Between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, Bankia set up its “Responsible Management Committee” and defined its “Responsible Management Policy” approved by the Board of Directors, which is reviewed periodically to ensure that it remains in line with the values, the corporate strategy and the requirements of different stakeholders.

In addition, the bank is engaged in the development of the “Responsible Management Plan 2019-2020”, which is in line with its Strategic Plan and with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During this and next year the aim is to promote courses of action designed to allow the bank to get ahead and take on the main social and environmental challenges that are required to continually make progress along the path of continuous improvement.


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