What leading bankers think about sustainability

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Herman Mulder
Senior Executive Vice President, Group Risk Management, ABN Amro

“Sustainability issues are a core component of banking risk management, and are increasingly being recognised as potential business generators. The launch of the FT Sustainable Banking Awards recognises this emerging trend and the important role that the financial sector can play in contributing to sustainable development overall. We applaud the FT on its leadership in this area.”

Jon Williams
Head of Group Sustainable Development, HSBC

“Sustainability matters because increasingly our shareholders, clients and colleagues tell us it matters. We have to find ways to bring sustainable development into how we provide financial services to our clients. It’s no longer an optional add-on. Sustainability is part of our strategy and our brand.”

Akira Kawamura
Executive Officer and General Manager, Project Finance Division, Mizuho

“As a leading Equator bank in Asia, Mizuho endeavours to incorporate the Japanese concept of ‘mottainai’ - the sentiment and respect toward all things, including energy resources - into our philosophy of global project financing.”

Michel Anastassiades
Global Head of Project Finance, Calyon

“Project finance lending requires comprehensive due diligence, involves long maturities and seeks a community of interest among stakeholders. At Calyon, environmental and social aspects are managed as crucial factors of risk.”

Charles Prince
Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup

“As the world’s leading financial services company, we recognise that we have a responsibility to maintain high standards in everything we do and that includes sustainability standards for our business. Financing economic development, while addressing environmental and social impacts, is important to our shareholders, employees, clients, and the communities where we live and work. We think this makes good business sense and is key to our growth strategy.”

Erik Peek
General Manager, Rabobank Brazil

“Rabobank’s ambition is to be the best food & agri bank in the world through the provision of financial services that combine respect, integrity, professionalism and sustainability. In line with this ambition and the long-term partnership philosophy of the bank, Rabobank Brazil is working with its clients to identify sustainability issues and implement improvements in order to achieve environmental stewardship and social responsibility.”

Foster Deibert
Head Sustainability Management, WestLB

“We are convinced that our focus on sustainability and social responsibility will increase the value of the bank in the long term - by identifying risks more effectively and exploiting opportunities for generating revenues more quickly. And all of this will be done with and for our clients and will be based on public acceptance.”

Diederik van Wassenaer
Senior Executive Vice President and Global Head of Wholesale Banking Products, ING

“ING Bank recognises the responsibility to conduct its business in a way that is socially and environmentally sustainable. The foundation for this responsibility is laid down in our Business Principles. In our day-to-day dealings with clients we attach great value to sustainable solutions such as the application of the Equator Principles in various industry sectors.”

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