MUMBAI: IndusInd Bank is supporting a tree plantation drive wherein 50,000 trees will be planted in cities where the pollution index is high. The bank also declared a commitment to reducing the Bank’s specific Carbon Emission by 50% over the next 4 years. Created water harvesting capacity of about 70 million cubic meters and also restored 15 lakes and 2 drainages systems.
In a bid to commemorate this milestone, as well as the World Environment Day, IndusInd Bank’s Managing Director and CEO, Sumant Kathpalia announced the environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives that the Bank has undertaken.
It will be increasing the allocation of capital towards Climate Finance to 3.5% of its loan book over the next two years, which is currently at 2.7%.
This is the bank will also be transforming all its Pioneer branches /lobbies into Green & Plastic free zones and getting them LEED certified.
It has launched an employee awareness drive to spread the word on benefits pertaining to water conservation, waste reduction and re-cycling of waste.
The Bank has made it to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) list for the sixth consecutive time, making it the only Indian Bank to get featured in this prestigious list. The CDP list is a global environmental disclosure system that ranks companies worldwide basis contributions made towards encouraging environmental transparency and performance.
Roopa Satish, Head – Corporate & Investment Banking, CSR & Sustainable Banking, IndusInd Bank said, “The Bank is determined to take a leadership position in mitigating the impact of climate change through committing long term targets and deploying a strategy to invest in clean energy and energy efficient projects. We recognize that embedding sustainability aspects into our business and aligning our products, services and operations with our ESG strategy contributes not only towards betterment of the society at large, but also helps the Bank to emerge as a strong long- term focused organisation. This approach is also getting the Bank more international recognition, as apart from consistently being featured as the leading Indian Bank on the CDP list, we are also the only Indian Bank, and one among 21 Indian Companies to be featured in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Yearbook 2021.”