2019, the year of

#ClimateEmergency#RuralSpain#WomensSport#SustainableFinance

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.

Financial education, still a pending issue in Spain

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 launches Bankademia, an educational multi-platform to promote financial education through courses under the concept of 'take-away economy'. Experts such as Marc Vidal, Robin Food and Moderna de Pueblo are some of the 'teachers' teaching masterclasses explaining the most complicated aspects of finance. Bankademia, part of the Funcas de Estímulo de la Educación Financiera program, is comprised of ten courses related to finance, housing, savings and investment, grants and subsidies, taxation, employment, family economy, SMEs and the agricultural industry.

Financial education, still a pending issue in Spain

Visibility, the challenge of women's sport

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.

For the second consecutive year, Bankia is sponsoring the Liga d'Elit de Raspall Femení 2019 and the Individual Bankia d'Elit de Raspall Femení de pilota valenciana to publicise and disseminate the sport and give visibility to players. The vice president of the Pilota Valenciana Federation, Susana Serrano, considers that this support is "the first step for the creation of a great League where players will feel valued and inspire girls who want to be like them." According to Lorena Conesa, manager of the Valencia area, the centre of Bankia, "the female practice of pilota is an unstoppable movement".

Visibility, the challenge of women's sport

Dual vocational training and job offers

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.

The second edition of the Dualiza and FPempresa Aids selects 44 collaborative projects from vocational training schools and companies in 15 autonomous regions. The project manager of the Bankia Foundation for Dual Training, Juan Carlos Lauder, highlights that this collaboration "is essential to meet the training and work needs of tomorrow". The chairman of FPempresa, Luís García Domínguez, underlines that "by sharing successful projects and good practices, top-quality vocational training aimed at the employability of students".

Dual vocational training and job offers

Companies that have a positive impact on society are more competitive

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 invests more than 100 million euros in social and environmental projects in the last six years. A total of 4,211 associations have developed these programs, benefiting 2.4 million people. The bank focuses its social action in local development, employment, disability, housing, the environment and training. "We listen, understand and act responsibly to make progress in improving our environment, creating social value", says the Deputy General Director of Communication and External Relations at Bankia, Amalia Blanco.

Companies that have a positive impact on society are more competitive

SMEs continue to be the engine of the Spanish economy

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.

Bankia reaches an agreement with ING to offer its 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. Among the products available to almost 110,000 business customers are accounts, cards and financing. "This agreement is very relevant because it offers this group a very competitive offer and service," notes Bankia’s general manager of Personal Banking, Eugenio Solla.

SMEs continue to be the engine of the Spanish economy

The future of banking and fintech is collaborative

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.

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. The presence in this edition of national and international companies has brought projects aimed both at redefining the usability and experience of digital customers and transforming the bank into a benchmark for banking in the future. Now, startups and Bankia will have to define their future relationship, which could include building a viable minimum product or forming a joint venture, among other options.

The future of banking and fintech is collaborative

The take-off of green business

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.

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. To be able to contract this product, the new homes to be acquired must have an environmental sustainability certificate issued by a certification body.

The take-off of green business

Rural Spain mobilises

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.

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 almost 43,000 kilometres per month and operate in the provinces of Madrid, Valencia, Castellón, Ávila, Segovia, La Rioja, Ciudad Real and Granada. With this service, both customers and non-customers of the institution can withdraw cash, make deposits or pay bills and taxes. On average, around 220,000 transactions are carried out annually in these mobile offices.

Rural Spain mobilises

From climate change to climate emergency

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).

Together with 130 banks around the world, Bankia signs the Principles for Responsible Banking promoted by the UN Environment Financial Initiative (UNEP FI), undertaking to align its business with the provisions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Together with 30 other banks it has joined the Collective Commitment with Climate Action, aimed at developing products and services that decrease the carbon footprint of the economy.

From climate change to climate emergency

Spain, a country with 13 million pets 

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.

Bankia is sponsoring Perrotón, a charity race for the adoption and responsible ownership 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 accompanied by their dog. “We want to collaborate in the awareness of responsible pet ownership and the integration of pets in family and social life", said the corporate director of the Bankia Retail Network, José Ignacio Fanego.

Spain, a country with 13 million pets

The musical tradition of Valencia, Cultural Interest Asset

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.

The Casa de la Música will open its doors in the first quarter of 2020, after completing the rehabilitation works of the Alquería Julià, a building declared of Cultural Interest, which will house a centre for the enjoyment of all Valencians. Bankia invested 3.5 million euros in this project as a sign of its commitment and support for music, which is very important in the Community. In addition, the entity will provide part of the space for the Federation of Musical Associations of the Community of Valencia to establish its new headquarters.

The musical tradition of Valencia, Cultural Interest Asset

Sustainable finance paves the way for ecological transition

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.

Bankia’s Director of Sustainable Business and Financing, Carlos Barrientos, states that the bank plays an important role in financing the transition towards a green economy. "We must bear in mind that the transition towards a green economy should not have a disruptive effect on the economy and on the daily lives of many businesses and households whose income depends on these less sustainable activities. Our role is to channel and facilitate financing in this transition towards a sustainable economy” he said.

Sustainable finance paves the way for ecological transition