Amalgamated Bank is a leader in climate action and advocacy for transformative activities and policies across the banking sector. SBTi’s validation of our net zero targets demonstrates that positive change is possible, and we hope to see other banks take action.
(New York, NY; Washington, DC) March 10, 2021 – Amalgamated Bank, a subsidiary of Amalgamated Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: AMAL) and a mission-driven, full-service commercial bank that empowers organizations and individuals to advance positive social change, today announced approval by Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) of its net zero targets.
The first bank in the United States to receive such confirmation, Amalgamated Bank was also the first U.S. bank to set full portfolio targets under the guidelines of the U.N. Net Zero Banking Alliance of 49% reductions in 2030 and net zero greenhouse emissions in its financing and operations by 2045. The Amalgamated Bank targets are absolute emissions targets and do not rely on offsets. Amalgamated Bank’s full net zero report can be read here https://www.amalgamatedbank.com/net-zero.
“Amalgamated Bank is a leader in climate action and advocacy for transformative activities and policies across the banking sector,” said Priscilla Sims Brown, president and CEO of Amalgamated Bank. “SBTi’s validation of our net zero targets demonstrates that positive change is possible, and we hope to see other banks take action.”
Added Ivan Frishberg, chief sustainability officer, “The conversation the past few years has been all about commitments and as the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report showed, time is not on our side and the need for aggressive measures is now. We are proud to deliver on our socially responsible mission with these targets and know that there is much more to be done.”
SBTi conducted a targeted validation process using established metrics that define and promote best practices in emissions reductions. Targets are considered “science-based” if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
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About Amalgamated Bank
Amalgamated Bank (“Amalgamated” or the “Bank”), the wholly owned banking subsidiary of Amalgamated Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: AMAL), is a mission-driven New York-based full-service commercial bank and a chartered trust company with a combined network of six branches in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Boston. Amalgamated Bank provides commercial banking and trust services nationally and offers a full range of products and services to both commercial and retail customers. Since our founding in 1923, Amalgamated Bank has served as America’s socially responsible bank, empowering organizations and individuals to advance positive social change. Amalgamated Bank advocates alongside those working to make the world more just, compassionate, and sustainable. Amalgamated Bank is the country’s largest B Corp® bank and a proud member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. We don’t just have a mission, we are on a mission to advance economic, social, racial and environmental justice utilizing the tools of finance. For more information, please visit our website at www.amalgamatedbank.com.
About the Science Based Targets initiative
The Science Based Targets initiative mobilizes companies to set science-based targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.
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