Sustainable Banking

Banks are emerging as a driving force in the sustainability effort. The industry is uniquely positioned to meet the challenge—and the opportunity.

Sustainability is the new strategic imperative

This is the moment. Banks are feeling pressure from all sides and now understand that unfettered climate change will bring catastrophic environmental impact and dire macroeconomic consequences. Banks must do more than talk about green initiatives; they must now demonstrate they can meet strict standards when it comes to climate risk reporting.

  • Banks are emerging as a major force in reaching the UN´s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Consumers, shareholders, employees and regulators are demanding a strong commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities and are increasing pressure on banks to show results.
  • With pressure coming from all sides, banking has reached a green inflection point.

Banks that visualize and execute their sustainability agendas now will have first-mover advantage in the race to meet their sustainability goals.

Banks that lead in sustainable finance will strengthen public trust, stay ahead of regulatory expectations and have significant growth opportunities.


Sustainable strategy & governance

We advise on climate due diligence, carbon pricing and trading & offsets, and offer ESG training, in the drive toward a net zero enterprise.

ESG target operating model & data

We help our clients design and implement scalable solutions to support the growth of ESG data and use cases. Download the brochure.

Regulatory compliance & disclosures

We help clients navigate the complex and dynamic ESG landscape to demonstrate results amid increasing pressure from stakeholders and regulators.

New products & client engagements

We help develop and launch green and sustainable products for banks, and support their customers on their sustainability journey to safeguard their future growth.

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What we think

ESG data enables HSBC’s sustainability agenda

ESG data is notoriously complex and constantly evolving because of the lack of consistent taxonomy and standards. All institutions, including banks, need good data to measure progress and understand their environment, from supply chain to customers. Having the right data at the right place at the right time in the hands of the right people is critical.

In this video, HSBC explains how Accenture has partnered with them to drive HSBC’s sustainability strategy using ESG data as an enabler. Part of this is taking a proactive approach to managing these data challenges by having a centre to coordinate all ESG data requirements for the entire bank. This means they can coordinate, source, and demystify some of the data in a central place so that everyone speaks the same language.

Watch the HSBC & Accenture ESG case study video

In this video, HSBC talks about how Accenture has partnered with them to drive its sustainability strategy using ESG data as an enabler.

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Case studies

We helped a major financial institution develop a strategic framework, set up an innovation lab and launch a circular economy credit platform.

We helped a global financial institution meet the new Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and build a culture of sustainability.

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Frequently asked questions

Sustainable banking is a new contract between the banking industry and society. It consists chiefly of two elements: green banking and sustainable finance.

Green banking refers to a bank changing its internal operations to lower or eliminate its environmental impact through initiatives like green IT and energy-efficient premises.

Sustainable finance is the provision of financial products that incentivize or mandate environmentally-friendly behavior. Sustainable finance tools include green bonds, sustainable mortgages and sustainability-linked loans.
We see five areas where banks can accelerate progress on the objectives of sustainable banking: developing a sustainable banking strategy, managing environmental, social, and governance related risk exposures, offering sustainable products, working towards a smart target operating model for sustainable banking, and embracing green IT.

Becoming more sustainable is a complex and multi-faceted endeavor that may be aided by engaging a sustainable-banking consultant.
Green banks seek environmental sustainability in all aspects of their operations, from operating models to product offerings, workforce policies, IT strategies and beyond. Embracing green banking can often deliver a triple punch of increasing stakeholder value while lowering environmental impact and operating costs.
Green banking products leverage new policies, processes and technologies to offer traditional banking value propositions like liquidity with greater environmental sustainability. They include green bonds, sustainable mortgages and sustainability-linked.

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