For the 15th consecutive year, UniCredit invites you to join Earth Hour and show your support for our Planet by switching off the lights wherever you may be for one hour tomorrow, Saturday 26 March at 8.30pm local time. This is one of the many initiatives carried out highlighting our strong ESG ambitions and continued focus on supporting the transition to a more sustainable world.
Earth Hour is a global initiative of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), aimed at inspiring individuals and organisations worldwide to take action for the environment. UniCredit has participated in Earth Hour each year since its start back in 2007, with 2022 marking the 15th consecutive year that we support the occasion. This year our bank will turn off the lights in 50 of its buildings across 13 countries in which the Group is present, showing our support and dedication towards building a more sustainable, better future for all.
Fiona Melrose, Head of Group Strategy and ESG at UniCredit, commented: "Our annual participation in Earth Hour is part of UniCredit’s strong efforts to support sustainability and take action against climate change. During 2021, we signed up to the Net-Zero Banking Alliance, publicly declaring our commitment to a more sustainable future and we have also recently enhanced our polices across Coal and Oil & Gas, reinforcing the principles that shape how we operate. We continue to progress on our net zero commitments and embed ESG in all areas of the business while strengthening corporate culture under our common purpose of Empowering Communities to Progress."
At UniCredit, we are putting our clients and communities at the heart of all activities and decisions, with a constant commitment to always serve their needs and be the bank for Europe's future. To concretely showcase how ESG values are embedded in our business and culture, both our Annual and Integrated Reports this year include a series of stories about our clients, our communities and our people across the different countries in which the Group is present, working together to empower communities and unlock their potential. These stories are a testament to our strong ESG ambitions and our continued focus on supporting the transition to a more sustainable world.
Today we invite you to join us in taking action against climate change. Whether you turn off your bedside lamp, all the lights in your home, or the lights in an entire building, the most important thing is the action that each and every one of us takes to address environmental challenges on a daily basis. Taking action together allows us to have a real impact for the benefit and longevity of our Planet.
To read more about the multiple actions UniCredit takes to empower its communities and unlock the potential of all its stakeholders across financial, human, social and relationship, intellectual and natural capital, please visit our Integrated Report here: https://integratedreport.unicredit.eu/en