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Our approach

Our support for inclusive, sustainable growth helps customers and communities build paths to prosperity. Our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy aligns directly with overall business strategy, ensuring we stay focused on: financially empowering people, businesses, and communities; the transition to a low-carbon economy; and responsibly managing environmental and social risks.

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Our ESG strategy

At Santander US, we believe that we can and should have a positive impact on the communities where we live and work. We are building paths to prosperity by focusing our efforts on three key areas:

Empower people & businesses

By expanding access to capital as well as financial education and training

Support the green economy

By helping customers transition to a low-carbon economy and achieving our sustainability goals

Foster inclusive communities

By meeting the needs of underserved individuals and communities, and by championing diversity, equity, and inclusion

Annual contributions and efforts

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Financially empowered people1

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Volunteer hours

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Partner organizations supported


Renewable structured finance underwritten


Affordable and workforce housing lending
& investments


Small business loan financing2


Carbon-neutral in operations


Charitable giving

Global commitments

Since 2019, Banco Santander has made a series of global public commitments that reflect its commitment to responsible and sustainable banking.


People financially empowered (exceeded 2025 goal)


Carbon-neutral in own operations since 2020


Electricity from renewable sources (2025)


Green Finance Raised (2025)


Senior positions held by women (2025)


Equal Pay Gap (2025)

Santander US Community Plan (2023-2025)

The Santander US Community Plan is a $13.6 billion, three-year commitment to our communities, including $4.6 billion in community development and $9 billion sustainable finance. You can learn more about our commitment here.

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Community partnerships & philanthropy

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Diversity, equity & inclusion

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Governance & reports

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Santander Universities

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Sustainable operations

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1Financially empowered people include those impacted through financial education training and grants, recipients of specialized lending products, and people who gained housing through investments in affordable housing projects.

2Includes 2021 Paycheck Protection Program lending.