The year 2019 has seen people from rural Spain fighting for their rights, female athletes demanding equality, climate change becoming an environmental emergency and green businesses rising up as the future of the economy. This year, Bankia has made an effort to respond to the major challenges of the present.
Bankia launches Bankademia, a multi-platform to promote financial education under the concept of 'take-away economy'. Experts such as Marc Vidal and Moderna de Pueblo give masterclasses to explain certain aspects of finances in an easy-to-understand manner.
Bankia sponsors the Liga d'Elit de Raspall Femení and the Individual Bankia d'Elit de Raspall Femení de pilota valenciana to give visibility to players. "This sport is unstoppable", says the area manager in Valencia Centre, Lorena Conesa.
The second edition of Dualiza and FPempresa Aids selects 44 collaborative projects from vocational training schools and companies in Spanish regions. "By sharing good practices we get high-quality vocational training", says the chairman of FPempresa, Luis García.
Bankia has allocated more than 100 million euros to social and environmental projects in the last six years, benefiting 2.4 million people. The bank focuses its social action in local development, employment, disability, housing, the environment and training.
Bankia reaches an agreement with ING to offer its 110,000 business, SME and freelance customers financing and other financial products and services after the Dutch bank announced that it will no longer provide services to this segment.
A total of 16 startups present the proofs of concept they have developed together with Bankia during the Fourth Call of Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia on Partners Day. In this edition, the projects have focused on usability and digital customer experience.
The European Investment Bank and Bankia finance 'green mortgages' with a pioneering line of €300 million in Europe, thereby facilitating access to efficient, low-emission housing. The EIB will provide 150 million euros and Bankia will contribute 150 million euros.
Bankia's twelve mobile offices, known as bus offices, serve 250,000 people in 373 small towns across Spain at risk of financial exclusion. Mobile offices travel nearly 43,000 kilometres per month and operate in eight Spanish provinces.
Together with 130 banks around the world, Bankia signs the Principles for Responsible Banking promoted by UNEP FI, undertaking to align its business with the provisions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Bankia is sponsoring Perrotón, a charity race for the adoption of pets, and has given the Bankia Award to the friendliest dog and owner. Bankia is the first dog-friendly bank in Spain and it allows its customers to go to the offices with their dog.
The House of Music de València will open its doors in the first quarter of 2020, once the renovation work at Alquería Julià has been completed. Bankia, which has invested 3.5 million euros in this project, will give this space for all Valencians to enjoy.
Bankia’s Director of Sustainable Business and Financing, Carlos Barrientos, states that the role of the bank in the transition towards a green economy will be to channel and finance the behavioural changes of families and businesses towards a sustainable model.