Taking over responsibility together
More urgently than ever, Styria needs companies who always view their actions under the aspects of sustainable and environmentally friendly benchmarks and thus assume responsibility for society and subsequent generations.
Steiermärkische Sparkasse has not just been doing this since media have been writing about the climate crisis or „Fridays for Future“ movements have been protesting in the streets. The mandate to assume responsibility for the environment and society is firmly established in the company‘s founding ideals of 1825.
A journey through time with regard to environmental policy
Through early support of diverse social projects – Steiermärkische Sparkasse purchased, for instance, Leechwald and Augartenpark and provided them to the population as local recreation areas – the oldest bank in Styria already assumed responsibility for the environment and society decades ago.
In 2015, Steiermärkische Sparkasse took a major step in its environment policy and introduced a certified environment management system. With the associated measures, Steiermärkische Sparkasse is not only sensitising its own employees but also the general public to sustainable, environmentally friendly actions and is adopting a role model function. Key roles have been defined and established in the company for the organisational positioning of environmental protection. The Environmental Manager, the members of the Environment Team and the Waste Officer are responsible for the continuous further development and improvement of environmentally relevant thematic areas.
Today, sustainable, environmentally thinking and action is not only represented by the entire Executive Board but also actively communicated to shareholders and partners. The mandate to take over responsibility for the environment and society is thus lived and consistently expanded further on a day-to-day basis more strongly than ever, 195 years after it was first written down.
Environmental policy and core business
Sustainable finance aims to equip the core business of Steiermärkische Sparkasse with sustainable and long-term business models and products. The financial system is to be comprehensively redesigned by taking economic and social criteria into account. Steiermärkische Sparkasse is aware of its important role as a sustainable financial partner and has set itself the goal of also adopting a pioneering role in this area too.
The multi-faceted environmental policy of Steiermärkische Sparkasse has been divided into 6 thematic areas. This categorisation serves to enable the rapid recognition and measurement of changes and progress in the individual thematic areas. Based on these results, environmental policy can be constantly expanded and adapted in an efficient way. The 6 thematic areas include: