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Bankia's sustainability manager, María José Gálvez (second from the left) during her speech.

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Bankia maintains its commitment to the Principles for Responsible Banking

Bankia's sustainability manager, María José Gálvez, highlighted Bankia's 2019-2020 Responsible Management Plan as a guide to comply with UN Principles for Responsible Banking.

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By  Bankia Comunicación

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30 May 2019 - 13:00

Bankia's sustainability manager, María José Gálvez, highlighted Bankia's commitment to the Principles for Responsible Banking at the meeting organized by CECA and AEB under the title 'Principles for Responsible Banking and their impact on society'.

Bankia has joined the UN Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI), which makes a global call for collaboration between financial institutions and the United Nations to identify and promote links between the financing industry and sustainable development.

During the day, Gálvez said that Bankia "has been working on these principles with customers and investors for many years. We have customers who make demands about other issues because they are more aware of the impact of their actions and ask for explanations on how we respond to social and environmental criteria".

For the bank, governance and social responsibility issues are priorities, and a sign of this is the creation in 2014 of a Responsible Management Committee made up of the most relevant areas of the bank and, in 2015, of the Appointments and Management Committee Manager consisting of independent directors and advisers who "raise these issues to the highest level", said the person in charge.

During her speech, the Director of Sustainability mentioned the Responsible Management Plan drawn up by the entity in 2012, which already included actions, products and services that follow sustainable criteria.

"The 2019-2020 Responsible Management Plan contains specific indicators that allow us to measure the progress of all the actions and initiatives taken into account and, in addition to the contribution of the entity to the 2030 agenda and therefore to the Objectives of Sustainable Development ", clarified the director of Sustainability.

"This is a way forward and the Principles for Responsible Banking will help the entire industry to focus on the indicators and actions developed so that the positive impact of the contribution of global banking can also be measured," said Gálvez. "The strength of these Principles is that we all appoint ourselves as collaborators in a common project."

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Within the framework of the bank’s responsible financing

Bankia and the Comunidad de Madrid sign a 97 million loan to finance social and environmental projects

The agreement is structured around a sustainable loan, with a term of ten years, and framed in the policy of the entity to bet on socially responsible investment (SRI).
 

Communication Bankia

By  Communication Bankia

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05 April 2019 - 12:45

  • These projects are related to housing, education, health, social and economic inclusion and the financing of SMEs, as well as climate change and environmental management
  • The company Sustainalytics, which is responsible for rating the sustainability of listed companies, has certified the criteria for considering the Bankia loan as responsible financing

Bankia and the Comunidad de Madrid have formalised a sustainable loan of 97 million euros to finance social and environmental projects in the region.

The operation is structured around a sustainable loan, which will be valid for ten years, and which forms part of Bankia’s policy of investing in socially responsible investment (SRI), which is establishing a new relationship between finance and sustainability.

Through the Regional Ministry of Economy, Employment and Finance, the Community of Madrid will allocate the proceeds from the bank’s loan to finance environmental and social programmes, as well as the provision of services to these areas.

These include those related to support for the Madrid Public Health Service system, affordable housing, education, social and economic inclusion and financing for small and medium-sized enterprises. Moreover, actions related to environmental management are contemplated as are those which minimise climate impact.

“For Bankia, responsible management is synonymous of sustainability and competitiveness. It is a way of working with a view to the future and defining products and services that generate value in the environment”, explains Bankia’s Corporate Social Responsibility Director, David Menéndez.

Sustainalytics, a company that certifies the sustainability of listed companies on the basis of their environmental, social and corporate governance performance, has been responsible for certifying the sustainability criteria for considering the loan as responsible financing.

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Bankia joins the UN's Principles for Responsible Banking

The banking entity maintains a model of Responsible Management that has as its objective not only economic profitability, but also social responsibility and respect for the environment.
 

Communication Bankia

By  Communication Bankia

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29 May 2019 - 11:45

  • The UN Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) is a worldwide collaboration between financial institutions and the United Nations to identify and promote a good relation between financial institutions and sustainable development
  • By adhering to the six Principles for Responsible Banking, Bankia is committed to adapting its business to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change
  • "Adherence to the Principles for Responsible Banking means continuing our path towards a fairer economy, capable of transforming the environment and contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda", said Bankia's chairman, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri

Bankia has joined the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI), which includes 240 financial institutions around the world.

This global initiative, promoted by the United Nations, seeks to achieve synergies between responsible banking and sustainable development, thereby committing financial institutions to contributing to the improvement of society and the environment by supporting the construction of a more sustainable and inclusive world.

By adhering to the UNEP FI, financial institutions openly acknowledge their active role in creating a sustainable economy and are committed to integrating environmental and social considerations into their operations.

The chairman of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, said that "the sustainability of our project is based on a Responsible Management model aimed not only at economic profitability, but also at social responsibility and respect for the environment".

"This management model is reinforced through our adherence to these Principles for Responsible Banking, which entail continuing our path towards a fairer economy, capable of transforming the environment and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Agenda 2030", the chairman said.

By adhering to the six Principles for Responsible Banking, financial institutions publicly assume the duty to adapt their activities to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. They are committed to expanding their positive impacts, reducing the negative ones, working responsibly with their customers to foster sustainable practices and involve stakeholders in order to achieve the objectives.

The UN initiative calls for sound governance and goal-oriented policies. These points will be reviewed periodically by the institutions that will report on the impacts of their activity with full transparency and accountability.

Currently, the Principles for Responsible Banking are in a public consultation phase until 31 May. During this period, financial entities and stakeholders around the world can submit feedback, which will then be evaluated for incorporation into the principles that will be ratified by banks at the UN General Assembly, to be held in New York in September 2019.

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From left to right: coordinator of the General Communication Division of Bankia in the Valencian Community, Isabel Rubio; chairman of the Bancaja Foundation, Rafael Alcón; and corporate head of Bankia in Valencia and Castellón, Jaime Casas.

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Agreement on the environment

Bankia supports the Bancaja Foundation with 100,000 euros to promote environmental projects in the Comunidad de Valencia

Both institutions carry out annual calls for grants to associations that carry out projects of social exclusion, international cooperation and disability.

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By  Communication Bankia

Publish on 
07 May 2019 - 13:00

  • This agreement between the two entities extends the collaboration they have been maintaining for social action

Bankia supports the Bancaja Foundation with 100,000 euros to launch a call for joint grants to entities that develop proposals related to environmental protection in the Comunidad de Valencia to support the launch of projects that guarantee the preservation of the natural environment in the three provinces.

The agreement was signed at a meeting held at the headquarters of the Bancaja Foundation by the chairman of the Bancaja Foundation, Rafael Alcón; the corporate manager of Bankia in Valencia and Castellón, Jaime Casas; and the coordinator of the General Communication Division of Bankia in the Valencian Community, Isabel Rubio.

During the meeting, Rafael Alcón highlighted the importance of this collaboration with Bankia, which relies once again on the Bancaja Foundation to develop projects for the benefit of Valencian society and, in this case, in such an important field as contributing towards the preservation and sustainability of the environment, the best legacy we can leave to future generations".

The corporate manager of Bankia in Valencia and Castellón underlined that "the environment is one of Bankia's priority areas of social action". "We are very excited to sign this new agreement with the Bancaja Foundation, whose main objective is to promote environmental initiatives in a key autonomous community for our financial entity", said Casas.

This environmental collaboration is complemented by the one that Bankia and the Bancaja Foundation carry out each year in the area of social action, with calls for grants to associations in the Comunidad de Valencia that carry out projects related to social exclusion, international cooperation and disability.

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Bankia consolidates and reinforces its commitment to society through five priority lines of social action: employment and training, housing, local and rural development, disability and the environment. The financial institution focuses its social investment on these areas and maintains its commitment to society through the involvement of its entire structure and professionals. The Corporate Social Responsibility policy is all-encompassing and approachable, as it links the social actions of the bank with its business in the areas in which the professionals themselves find socio-economic problems and vulnerable groups.

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Bancaja Foundation has Social Action and Culture as its two strategic areas of action. Within the Social Action area, it develops calls for grants to non-profit associations in the Comunidad de Valencia for projects related to social exclusion, international cooperation, disability and the environment. It also holds activities that, from a social perspective, bring culture closer to specific groups such as schoolchildren, the elderly, people with disabilities and people at risk of social exclusion.

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Bankia enters the Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120 index of most sustainable companies

Bankia directs its management model and its business strategy towards, and in this context, the group has a Responsible Management Plan 2019-2020.

Communication Bankia

By  Communication Bankia

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31 May 2019 - 09:45

  • The index distinguishes European companies that have shown great progress on environmental, social and good governance issues
  • This recognition confirms Bankia’s strong commitment to sustainability

Bankia has joined the Euronext Vigeo Index Eurozone 120, an index that recognises the bank's commitment to developing the best sustainable environmental, social and corporate governance practices.

To be part of this index, which is reviewed every six months, the rating agency Vigeo Eiris evaluates up to 330 indicators according to the Equitics methodology. The 120 Eurozone companies included in the index have reached the highest valuations in the last revision.

The scores are based on criteria that include analysis of six dimensions: human rights, the environment and climate change, employment policies, relations with stakeholders, corporate governance, and contribution to economic and social development.

In 2012, the New York Stock Exchange and Vigeo launched these sustainability indexes on the market, whose companies are chosen after a thorough analysis of their social, environmental and good governance risks.

Bankia directs its management model and its business strategy towards sustainability and generating value for the environment. In this context, the group has a Responsible Management Plan 2019-2020 to respond to the sector challenges in the coming years.

This plan has three fundamental challenges: preventing risks in the social, environmental and good governance areas; supporting management with greater control over the processes, fostering continuous improvement and responding to the expectations of stakeholders; and driving leadership, so that Bankia is at the forefront of its sector in so far as sustainability.

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