Environment and climate change

EnviromentThe fight against climate change which has been underway for some time now is universally recognised as one of the greatest challenges that the world and the world economy is being called on to face.
Intesa Sanpaolo, aware of the importance that climate change represents, based its strategic guidelines on actions and initiatives that will reduce the impacts on the environment, by reducing its ecological footprint and by contributing to limiting that of its customers and suppliers.
Direct impacts on the environment are kept in check primarily by the Environmental Management System, which enables us to monitor and, where possible, cut back on energy consumption and pollutants emission, waste, consumption of paper and harmful substances. An equally important aspect is that of the mobility of people, which is geared towards greater sustainability.
Our commitment to reducing the indirect impacts on the environment was kept in mind when selecting our suppliers and in the development of eco-compatible customer services and products. Furthermore, the Group contributed to the diffusion of new environmentally-friendly technologies also through collaboration with institutions and universities. With regard to the assessment of social and environmental risks in granting loans to our customers, operational Guidelines were issued for project financings that define the processes for compliance with the Equator Principles.
Awareness of the problems and a culture of environmental sustainability are equally important strategic areas that were activated both through training initiatives and partnerships with national and international organisations (e.g. UNEP FI) that are involved in defining an action framework to combat climate change.