Having a long-standing commitment to place sustainability at the heart of our business strategy, we, as VakıfBank, are constantly striving to improve our ESG performance. To us, being a sustainable bank is beyond just a label, but a set of values we create for our entire stakeholder ecosystem.
In this new era where credible sustainability indicators are an integral part of investment decisions, disclosure and transparency underpin engagement with the investment community. In this context, analysis by ESG rating agencies and inclusion in sustainability indices provide a strategic tool to communicate and improve our ESG performance on a continuous basis.
We were first included in the BIST Sustainability Index in 2014 and since then we have been a constituent of several leading sustainability indices. As we take the necessary steps for a more sustainable future, we are committing to continue to be included in these indices and to improve our ESG ratings reflecting how sustainability is embedded in our corporate strategy.
In 2020, we improved our ESG risk rating score to 23.1 (medium risk) from 30.1 (high risk) and ranked in the 11th percentile (37 out of 373) among diversified banks subindustry.
Sustainalytics is an independent ESG provider specialized in the analysis and evaluation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.
You may read the Summary ESG Risk Rating Report below or click here.
Summary Risk Rating Report
Since 2015, we have been reporting our climate change strategy, risks and performance to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In 2019, we maintained our performance score at B level in CDP and became one of the Turkish participant banks with the highest grade.
2019 CDP Report
You may read the latest CDP Report below or click here.
BIST Sustainability Index
Since its launch in 2014, we have been a constituent of the BIST Sustainability Index. BIST includes Turkey’s most sustainable companies based on financial, environmental, social and corporate management performance as selected by the Istanbul Stock Exchange.
FTSE4Good Emerging Markets Index
Since 2017, we have been listed on the FTSE4Good Emerging Markets Index which selects companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. FTSE4Good is particularly followed by responsible investors.
Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
In 2020, we, having strong practices and initiatives empowering women both socially and economically, has been included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). Thus, on the first year of our reporting, we have become one of the two Turkish banks being selected in this Index among 325 companies worldwide. The GEI conducts the most comprehensive research worldwide to measure the performance of companies that commits to gender equality. As VakıfBank, we maintain our continuity in the index in 2021.
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
In 2019, to further strengthen our sustainable banking identity on global platforms, we have voluntarily participated in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index survey together with 175 companies who reported out of 248 companies invited.