LONDON, March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Global Ratings today assigned Banca Popolare dell'Alto Adige SpA (Volksbank) an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) Evaluation of 66. Our Volksbank ESG Evaluation is the result of an ESG profile of 66 combined with an adequate preparedness. Higher numbers indicate stronger sustainability in our evaluations.
The ESG Evaluation of 66 reflects Volksbank's specificities as a regional bank. The bank's defining local anchorage translates into a tailored governance structure with community leaders at the board, strong and long-lasting relationships with the communities in which it operates, and lower exposure to environmental and social risks relative to the wider banking industry. Volksbank has recently started factoring ESG into its lending and investment activities and across its supply chain, including several environmental factors, such as waste and water usage, as well as social and governance aspects like equal pay, safety management, and ESG reporting. Although the bank has clear plan and quantified objectives, it has yet to fully deploy and implement its ESG tools and policies.
Volksbank's recent efforts to embed ESG deeper into everyday operations and strategy formulation demonstrate its leadership's adequate preparedness to identify and adapt to the banking industry's long-term risks and opportunities.
Volksbank is a commercial bank headquartered in Bolzano, Italy. The bank had 159 branches in the provinces of Bolzano, Belluno, Padua, Pordenone, Trento, Treviso, Venice, and Vicenza at year-end 2021, and generated revenue of €321 million. Like other regional banks focusing on retail customers and small and medium-sized enterprises, Volksbank derives a large portion of its recurring revenue from net interest income (close to 55% in 2021) and commissions from banking services (close to 20%), and to lesser extent from offering wealth management products.
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