Last updated: 04:18 / Tuesday, 8 September 2020
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Santander CIB Launches ESG Solutions Global Team Headed by Steffen Kram

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  • Steffen Kram will lead the new team as Global Head of the Environmental, Social and Governance Solutions
  • The new unit will partner with global coverage and product teams, providing strategic solutions tailored to specific industries and geographies
  • Santander’s goal is to build a more responsible bank and has made a number of commitments including raising over 120 billion euros in green finance between 2019 and 2025

Santander Corporate & Investment Banking (Santander CIB) announced in a press release the creation of a dedicated team to boost its offering in the area of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions. This new global team will be headed by Steffen Kram. It will partner with product teams across its platform to support clients in their transition towards a more sustainable business model by providing strategic solutions as well as product and financing structures tailored to specific industries, geographies and market sectors.

Santander’s goal is to build a more responsible bank and has made a number of commitments to support this objective including raising over 120 billion euros in green finance between 2019 and 2025. This figure will increase to 220 billion euros in 2030 and includes the Group´s overall contribution to green finance: project finance, syndicated loans, green bonds, capital and export finance, advisory and other products.

In the most recent Dow Jones Sustainability Index Santander achieved the highest ranking among all banks.

José M. Linares, SEVP and Global Head of Santander CIB, said that the creation of this team further reinforces their contribution to the group’s responsible banking commitments to support inclusive and sustainable growth. “We want to back our clients in their ESG transformation journey, helping them define and achieve their global sustainability objectives”, he added.

Kram, new Global Head of ESG Solutions, commented this new team will build on Santander’s global footprint and its commitment to climate and environmental sustainability. “We are a global leader in renewable energy financing and advisory. Our aim is to expand and transfer this expertise into other sectors and technologies crucial in the context of the energy transition”, he pointed out.

Leveraging on a solid track record in renewables and strong product capabilities across its platform, Santander CIB is now evolving towards fully integrated ESG solutions, serving an increasing appetite and demand from corporate and institutional clients. Being a leader in the area of sustainability has been a long-standing ambition for Santander CIB.

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