In the belief that cohesion and consistency are the pillars of successful strategic approach to environmental responsibility, HNB has initiated a two pronged environmental responsibility ethics programme in 2009 known as the HNB ‘Green Pledge’. Designed to educate employees of the Bank as well as garner commitment towards the bank all employees have made a pledge to combat climate change. Over the years the Bank has undertaken several projects such as tree planting campaigns, ewaste campaigns and awareness programmes. The Green Pledge also serves as the foundation on which many business practices such as investment in green and energy efficient buildings, 3R policies, responsible sourcing are built around.
By integrating climate change into its business strategy, the Bank has knit climate change mitigation imperatives into its operations, lending portfolio, risk management frameworks, and reporting and disclosures.
The Bank’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) provides the policy framework, implementation process and a monitoring mechanism to ensure that the financing extended to our customers are used to set up and fund operations which are economically and socially sustainable, eco friendly and do not harm bio diversity via their outputs in the form of emissions, effluents, waste etc.