Saudi National Bank (SNB), the largest banking group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has become the first commercial banking group in the Kingdom to establish a Sustainable Finance Framework, with HSBC acting as sole ESG structuring agent.

SNB’s Sustainable Finance Framework consists of four main pillars: promoting sustainable financing; preserving the environment; empowering individuals and communities, and promoting principles of ethical governance.

SNB’s framework reaffirms the bank’s commitment to support the Kingdom’s broader development agenda through Vision 2030 and the Saudi Green Initiative.

“SNB has an incredible opportunity to play an important role in the Kingdom’s transition to a net-zero economy and its broader Vision 2030 agenda. HSBC is pleased to have worked with SNB on the establishment of its Sustainable Finance Framework and to support our client to make a lasting impact in the region and towards the Kingdom’s objectives,” said Anjuli Pandit, HSBC’s Head of Sustainable Bonds for EMEA and the Americas.

“SNB’s Sustainable Finance framework, as the first by a Saudi Banking Group, represents a key milestone for the banking sector in the Kingdom and will establish a new benchmark for regional ESG frameworks, facilitating access to multiple avenues of sustainable financing,” added Khaled Darwish, HSBC’s Head of Debt Capital Markets for the MENA region.

HSBC is recognised as a global leader in ESG financing with a dedicated ESG Solutions Unit providing clients with ESG-related advice and strategies. The bank was recently named ‘Best Bank for Sustainable Finance’ in Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East in Euromoney’s 2021 Awards for Excellence, and the ‘Middle East’s ESG/Sustainable Finance Adviser of the Year 2021’ during the recent Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards organized by GFC Media Group.


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About HSBC in the MENAT region

HSBC is the largest and most widely represented international banking organisation in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT), with a presence in nine countries across the region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In Saudi Arabia, HSBC is a 31% shareholder of Saudi British Bank (SABB), and a 51% shareholder of HSBC Saudi Arabia for investment banking in the Kingdom. Across MENAT, HSBC had assets of US$68.9bn as at 31 December 2020.

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