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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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167,000+

Financially empowered people1

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25,404

Volunteer hours

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400+

Partner organizations supported

$3.1B

Renewable finance exposure

$608M

Community development lending & investments

$1.6B

Small business loan financing2

100%

Carbon-neutral in operations

$18M

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.

388k

Scholarships & entrepreneurship
programs (exceeded 2021 goal)

6.1M

People helped through community
programs (exceeded 2021 goal)

10M

People financially empowered (2025)

100%

Carbon-neutral in own operations since
2020

100%

Electricity from renewable sources
(2025)

€120B

Green Finance Raised (2025)

30%

Senior positions held by women (2025)

0%

Equal Pay Gap (2025)

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Community partnerships & philanthropy

We strive to serve our communities through a range of initiatives including donations and grants, financial education, and support for small bussinesses in underserved areas.
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Environment

We re addressing climate change and creating solutions that protect the environment, taking actions like helping our customers and communities transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Diversity, equity & inclusion

Fostering an inclusive environment with equal opportunities is the foundation of our business. See how we re supporting employees from every background.
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Governance & reports

Read our recent Environmental, Social, and Governance reporting.
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Santander Universities

For more than 20 years, we ve worked with colleges, universities, and research centers to empower STEM students around the world.

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.