What banks don’t finance is just as important as what they do

When your business puts its money in the bank, it goes back into the world to finance all kinds of things-including practices that may run counter to your business’s purpose. Do you know what your bank is financing?

We are committed to being a leader in sustainable finance

To this end, Bank of the West, as part of the BNP Paribas Group, has made the following decisions:

Arctic waters with snowy mountains


Bank of the West has a ban on Arctic drilling, and will not finance Arctic oil and gas exploration or production projects. Read the policy here.

Coal refinery smokestacks


Bank of the West instituted guidelines around coal-fired power plants that are not actively involved in the energy transition. Read the policy here.

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Bank of the West committed to exiting fracking and shale or tar sands mining. Read the policy here.



Bank of the West is terminating all financing and investment activities related to manufacturers of tobacco products, as well as producers, wholesalers, and traders whose revenue comes primarily from tobacco. Read the policy here.

Truck offloading palm trees


Palm oil provides a source of revenue and ensures subsistence for millions of people living in developing countries. However, operating these plantations can have a range of negative effects on local communities, climate change and ecosystems. Read the policy here.

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As the demand for paper-based products grows over the next decade, this development will have a major impact on our planet’s environment. Read the policy here.

We are focused on the positive impact we can make in the world

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In 2018, Bank of the West committed $1 billion dollars to finance renewable energy, as part of a new multi-year effort to support broader diversity and transition in the U.S. The BNP Paribas Group has also doubled its financing goal for renewable energy to €15 billion by 2020.
Learn more.

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Bank of the West is increasing support for the development and growth of women entrepreneurs. By supporting women business owners, we will be closing the wealth gap while fostering innovation and a stronger economy.
Learn more.

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BNP Paribas Group was one of the first companies to include the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of its CSR strategy, and is one of a few companies to contribute to all SDGs.
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Positive impact already being made by Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Group

BNP Paribas is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the 4th consecutive year in 2018.

In 2019, BNP Paribas is ranked for the 5th year in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations

“French bank BNP Paribas has the best grades on average, with restrictions for not just coal financing, but for some parts of oil and gas as well.”

Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2018

"Bank of the West, owned by BNP Paribas, might be a good choice for Americans: BNP Paribas still has a long way to go, but has made some really impressive moves toward a stable climate."

SIERRA, The National Magazine of the Sierra Club, April 2019

From our leadership

Globally and locally we stand together with the same vision for the future of our bank and our world.

Jean Laurent

“Contributing to a better future is our duty…this will demand strategic and sometimes hard choices, including financial consequences. But…society as a whole will benefit.”

-Jean-Laurent Bonnafé (CEO of BNP Paribas)

Nandita Bakhasi

"Bank of the West is driven by a fundamental belief in redefining banking for a better future. With our parent BNP Paribas, we are embracing diversity and taking action to support sustainable finance.”

-Nandita Bakhshi (CEO of Bank of the West)

Local expertise, global capabilities

We pair personal service and knowledge of local industries with the global expertise of BNP Paribas.

74 countries. One bank.

Bank of the west and BNP Paribas offer seamless local and global services to help you navigate the increasingly complex business environment with agility and efficiency

Sustainable supply chain

Applying innovative approaches to reduce cash trapped in companies’ working capital, while incentivizing stakeholders throughout the supply chain to be more sustainable.

Global trade

Based on our international trade expertise, we tailor solutions from our end-to-end suite of offerings- including conventional products, structured trade finance, and working capital solutions.

Specialized services for businesses

Across sectors and size, from small corner store to mid-market, to global corporate.

Recognized leader

Best US commercial bank 5 years in a row by World Finance Magazine.

How can we help your business?

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