Our standards and policies

The greatest impact we have on the environment and society is through our financing activities.


Our standards and policies

To help our clients reach the highest environmental and social standards, we have developed policies and procedures that, together with the Equator Principles, form the bedrock of our sustainability risk management approach. 

Read a summary of our approach to tax.

Our Position Statements 

Our 20 Position Statements guide our approach to providing financial services to clients who operate in sensitive business sectors or face specific issues.

Our Position Statements were updated in 2013 to reflect update industry standards and will be implemented in varying phases to take into account our existing financial commitments.

Download our Position Statements:  

Agribusiness >


Biofuels >

Chemicals and Manufacturing >


Climate change >

Dams and Hydropower >


Fisheries >

Forestry >


Fossil-fuelled power generation >

Gambling >


Human rights > 

Infrastructure >


Mining and metals >

Nuclear power 


Oil and gas 

Palm Oil >


Renewable Energy >

Ship breaking






Our standards and policies

The following policies and codes of conduct shape our dealings with clients, customers and staff. 

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Anti-bribery and corruption policy 


Anti-money laundering policy 

Code of conduct


Equal opportunity, diversity &
dignity policy

Our supplier charter


Health and safety policy

HIV and AIDs policy


Speaking up policy







What’s next?

Environmental and social risk

We manage the environmental, social & governance risks that come with our financing decisions.

How we finance

Engaging our stakeholders

They help us move our priorities forward and ensure our strategy is well aligned with our markets.

Who are our stakeholders?

Sharing our expertise

By joining industry leading associations, we can share our experience and learn from others.

About our memberships

Speaking Up

We are committed to our Code of conduct and encourage staff and any other person who has a genuine concern about misconduct to raise it through our Speaking up programme.

Sustainability Summary

Read our Sustainability Summary

We recognise the role we can play in promoting economic and social development in our markets.


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