Environmental Sustainability

The strongest environmental policies of any major U.S. bank

Prohibited

Arctic Drilling

We do not finance onshore or offshore oil and gas projects in the Arctic region, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Prohibited

Fracking & Tar Sands

We are acting to mitigate adverse impacts from fracking and tar sands mining by not doing business with companies whose main activity involves these.

Restricted

Coal-Fired Power Generation

Since 2017, we have not financed any new coal-fired power plants that are not actively involved in the transition to sustainable energy production.

Prohibited

Big Tobacco

We do not provide financial products or services to companies or business groups that derive a significant portion of their revenue from tobacco products.

Restricted

Palm Oil

We only finance companies that encourage the development of sustainably produced palm oil.

Restricted

Wood Pulp

We have mandatory financing criteria for companies involved in the wood pulp sector, including no use of fire to clear land.

Protecting

Ocean Health

We have practices in place to act as a responsible ocean steward, including working with clients to modernize shipping fleets and make them more sustainable.

Major U.S. bank is defined as a bank in the U.S. with in excess of $90B in assets.

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You can tell a lot from the company we keep

Our policies make us the bank of choice for some of the nation’s leading outdoor retail companies, as well as a variety of environmentally and socially sustainable companies and nonprofits.

We sponsor the planet

Purchasing carbon credits to offset the emissions generated in the filming of Burton’s ‘One World’ film.

Urban Bees

Combatting the immense decline of U.S. honeybees by installing beehives on our San Francisco and Los Angeles headquarters rooftops.

In collaboration with

Helping small businesses impacted by the pandemic with our 4-part Sustainable Recovery Series.

Diversity

We are diverse from the top down

We are proud to be led by our CEO, Nandita Bakhshi, who is among just 6% of female bank CEOs globally.

Supporting access and opportunity

In the communities we serve and among our own workforce, we support programs and projects that advance diversity and inclusion.

Community

Workforce

We earned an ‘Outstanding’ FDIC Community Reinvestment Act rating for meeting the credit and community development needs in low- to moderate-income communities. Achieved by fewer than 10% of banks.

We have helped sponsor women entrepreneurs, including many women of color through the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center.

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We are supporting the creation of 12,000 women-run businesses and more than 22,000 jobs through Grameen America.

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We are working with Ulule, the world’s largest impact crowdfunding platform, to help women entrepreneurs and impact makers bring their ideas to life.

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Ignite is an interactive career exploration program, designed to advance diverse talent into more senior roles at the bank.

In response to many women leaving the workforce during COVID-19, we launched our Returnship program with Women Back to Work to encourage women who have gaps in their employment to re-enter the working world.

Community

We earned an ‘Outstanding’ FDIC Community Reinvestment Act rating for meeting the credit and community development needs in low- to moderate-income communities. Achieved by fewer than 10% of banks.

Community

We have helped sponsor women entrepreneurs, including many women of color through the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center.

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Community

We are supporting the creation of 12,000 women-run businesses and more than 22,000 jobs through Grameen America.

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Community

We are working with Ulule, the world’s largest impact crowdfunding platform, to help women entrepreneurs and impact makers bring their ideas to life.

Learn More

Workforce

Ignite is an interactive career exploration program, designed to advance diverse talent into more senior roles at the bank.

Workforce

In response to many women leaving the workforce during COVID-19, we launched our Returnship program with Women Back to Workto encourage women who have gaps in their employment to re-enter the working world.

Global Impact

The bank for a changing world

BNP ParibasAs part of BNP Paribas, the 9th largest bank on the planet, Bank of the West is able to leverage the resources and expertise of professionals in 68 countries. BNP Paribas offers a unique global perspective into shifting markets unlike U.S.-based and U.S.-focused banks.

BNP Paribas has people on the ground handling transactions everywhere it does business, with an international presence far more than just correspondent offices or ATMs. With access to BNP Paribas’ global network, Bank of the West’s clients can take advantage of BNP Paribas’ worldwide expertise.

We’re at the intersection of money and sustainability

Means & Matters is the destination for conscientious consumers and business leaders interested in how better banking and better business can come together for a better world. We believe what humans finance today will define tomorrow, and that everyone has a role to play in building a truly sustainable society.

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