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SEB joins Net-Zero Banking Alliance to accelerate transition

SEB is together with 42 other banks from across the world forming the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) to accelerate the transition of the global economy to net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. The initiative, which brings together banks with combined assets of $28.5 trillion, means that SEB commits to align operational and attributable emissions from its lending and investment portfolios with pathways to net-zero by 2050 or sooner.

The Net-Zero Banking Alliance is part of The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) - a global alliance that brings together existing and new net zero finance initiatives into one sector-wide strategic forum. Also launched today, GFANZ includes more than 160 firms together responsible for assets in excess of $70 trillion. All member alliances within GFANZ, which apart from banks also include insurers, asset managers and asset owners, commit to using science-based guidelines to reach net zero emissions, cover all emission scopes, include 2030 interim target setting, and commit to transparent reporting and accounting.

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times and as a bank we have an important role to play in supporting the transition towards a low-carbon society,” says Johan Torgeby, SEB's President and CEO. “We welcome the Net-Zero Banking Alliance initiative, and the opportunity to join forces with other committed signatories in order to reach the targets set out in the Paris Agreement.”

By joining the Net-Zero Banking Alliance, SEB is continuing to strengthen its commitments within the climate area. In 2019, SEB signed the UNEP FI (United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative) Principles for Responsible Banking, which means that SEB has committed to continuously adapt its business strategy to align and contribute to the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Earlier this year, SEB adopted an updated sector policy for fossil fuels that sharpens its guidelines to include more areas and clearer standpoints. The updated policy includes a roadmap for how SEB will phase out its exposure to coal and to unconventional oil, and puts restrictions on oil and gas extraction activities in sensitive areas such as the Arctic. SEB will also continue to gradually reduce its credit exposure to fossil fuels by applying a cap that is lowered annually.

In February, SEB's fund company SEB Investment Management strengthened its sustainability policy, which includes implementing uniform exclusion criteria for all funds managed by SEB Investment Management and that all funds will exclude fossil fuels.

Read more about the Net-Zero Banking Alliance here: https://www.unepfi.org/net-zero-banking/

For further information, contact:
Henrik Westman, Acting Head of Corporate Communication
+46 70 763 5134   

Press contact:
Niklas Magnusson, Group Press Officer
+46 70 763 8243

SEB is a leading northern European financial services group with a strong belief that entrepreneurial minds and innovative companies are key in creating a better world. SEB takes a long-term perspective and supports its customers in good times and bad. In Sweden and the Baltic countries, SEB offers financial advice and a wide range of financial services. In Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom, the bank's operations have a strong focus on corporate and investment banking based on a full-service offering to corporate and institutional clients. The international nature of SEB's business is reflected in its presence in some 20 countries worldwide. At 31 December 2020, the Group's total assets amounted to SEK 3,040bn while its assets under management totalled SEK 2,106bn. The Group has around 15,500 employees Read more about SEB at https://www.sebgroup.com