Policies

Our business is governed by a set of policies and instructions. Within the Corporate Sustainability area, we abide by the Corporate Sustainability Policy, the Environmental Policy and the Social Policy among others.

Corporate Sustainability Policy

Environmental Policy

Ethics Policy

Human Rights Policy

Sector policies and positions statements

SEB's sector polices and position statements provide guidelines on best practice as well as on the international conventions and standards that we encourage companies to follow. We aim to work with our clients and portfolio companies towards improved business practices.

Positions statements

Child labour

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the most widely accepted human rights treaty, still child labour is a problem of immense global proportions. SEB fully appreciates the severity of child labour and reducing it is of high priority.

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Climate change

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world today. SEB fully appreciates the risks of climate change and is addressing the risks in our corporate sustainability efforts. SEB has taken several steps to mitigate our direct climate impact.

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Freshwater

Freshwater is a scarce commodity, but one that is essential for sustaining life. SEB are aware that the increasing global water stress threat destabilised regions and increases our clients' financial risk.

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Sector policies

Arms and defence

SEB understands the concerns of many people regarding the role of banks in supporting the defence industry. SEB acknowledges the right of every nation to defend itself, as stated in the United Nations Charter.

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Forestry

The forestry industry plays a pivotal role in the economy at large, globally as well as regionally. SEB promotes a sustainable forestry industry, works to prevent adverse environmental and social impact and supports good governance among it's clients.

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Fossil fuel

The fossil fuel sector is responsible for the provision of power and fuel across the globe, playing an essential role in the world economy. However, fossil fuel activities contribute to climate change.

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Mining and metals

The mining and metals industry is fundamental for society. The industry in itself underpins economic growth. Mining activities can potentially have a negative impact on the environment and society.

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Renewable energy

Energy plays an essential role in the global economy and drives economic growth. As the world is seeking new solutions to mitigate climate change and best utilise scarce resources, the renewable energy sector is becoming a growing component of the energy landscape. SEB seek to facilitate this development based on sustainable principles and governance.

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Shipping

The shipping industry, through the transportation of raw materials, semi-finished goods and finished goods from producing countries for further processing and to end-user markets, is a major facilitator of global trade and is thereby a fundamental industry for society.

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