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Sustainability

Measuring impact

Part of ‘Our Road to Impact’ strategy is to demonstrably empower our clients to make an impact by financing sustainable projects and activities.

In 2020, we set an ambition to increase our social impact on these five SDGs by 10% from 2021 to 2023. This target is ambitious by design, encouraging us to take action as society is facing urgent social challenges. 

Methodology

To keep better track of the impact we enable, we created a methodology to measure and further enhance the social outcomes created by our financing activities. Our methodology uses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a reference – specifically the five SDGs listed below, where we can create most impact via our clients. We are one of the first financial institutions in the Netherlands to do this. As this is new and we stand to learn a great deal from it, we acknowledge that we may need to fine-tune our methodology along the way.

Impact measurement

To measure our impact, we have translated the specific goals underlying the five SDGs into quantifiable standards. These – in turn – are translated into indicators, on which we report annually. All BNG Bank clients are included in the data, as we believe that it is important for our financial backers to know how our clients deal with the capital provided them by BNG Bank.

In March 2022, the first assessment – a so-called 'baseline measurement' – was published for the year 2021. Following this, we report on our clients' impact on these indicators. 

Results of first measurement

The purpose of BNG Bank is to make social impact. We measure our social impact on the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shown below, which match our client groups. The social effects that BNG Bank aims for have been defined on the basis on these SDGs. Each of these social effect is quantified by measuring them against a number of available indicators. Our impact score, which is determined by the overall score on the SDGs, shows that we made 3.034% more impact in 2021 compared to 2020.

 

Impactful stories

We empower our clients to make an impact by financing sustainable projects and activities.

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