UniCredit has ranked first in Italy as well as coming in second in its global peer group (751 companies) in the Corporate Knights' 2022 ranking of the World's Most Sustainable Corporations. The bank's overall rank in the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Index for 2022 is 59.
Andrea Orcel, CEO of UniCredit, commented: "We are proud of these results which are testament to our continued commitment to ESG. This commitment is to have our actions match our principles, not only leading by example within our own business, but also supporting our clients and the communities in which we are present through the various stages of their own transitions. This requires us to balance decisive environmental actions, with societal impact, navigating a path that will deliver, over as fast a time as possible, the sustainable society that we are striving to build for all."
This is the first time for UniCredit to be included in the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Index, which provides an annual ranking of the World's 100 Most Sustainable Corporations based on key environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. The ranking draws on a rigorous assessment of 6,914 companies with more than US$1 billion in revenues. It also sheds light on the evolution of ESG priorities and outcomes, and on the extent of the gap between leading sustainability performers and their global corporate peers.
Sustainability is a key lever of the new UniCredit Unlocked business strategy the bank presented in December 2021 with several ambitious ESG targets for 2022-2024. This includes a target of €150 billion in new cumulative ESG volumes across environmental lending, ESG investment products, sustainable bonds and social lending. UniCredit will also invest €100 million to ensure equal pay for equal work and is committed to a net-zero target on own emissions by 2030 and on financed emissions by 2050.
A digital version of the Corporate Knights' ranking, select national scorecards, and further contextual and methodological information is available at corporateknights.com/global100.