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  • Overall approach
    0/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      No overarching commitment
      0/6
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/2
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      "After meeting our goal of becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2020, we’ve set our sights on achieving "net zero" emissions group-wide by 2050 to back the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Preliminary goals in our decarbonization plan include ceasing financial services to customers from the electricity industry if more than 10% of their revenues depend on coal; and no longer lending to coalmining operations worldwide, which is a key step in our fight against climate change."
    • Company must have anti-corruption policy
      0/2
  • Commodity score
    14/90
    • Beef & Leather
      12/90
      • Commitment Strength
        3/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          3.3/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Protects globally important landscapes (including UNESCO World Heritage Sites RAMSAR wetlands IUCN category 1-4 areas protected areas)
            2/8
            Commitment details
            Protects globally important landscapes (including UNESCO World Heritage Sites RAMSAR wetlands IUCN category 1-4 areas protected areas)
            2/8
            "Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV." 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers
            0.1/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers
            0.1/0.4
            "Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV. [...] This document sets out Santander Group’s policy on providing financial products and/or services to customers with an impact on tropical forests, tropical savannahs, and savannah biomes or located in High Risk Geographies, involved in the following activities: [...] Agriculture and cattle ranching" 
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/4.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must monitor operations
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            No
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          "Prohibited activities Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: [...] • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV [...] "
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          "This policy will come into force on the date it is published. Its contents will be reviewed on a regular basis, and any changes or modifications considered appropriate will be made."
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          "Santander sets out criteria for the identification, assessment, monitoring and management of E&S risks and other climate change related activities, [...] arising from businesses engaged in soft commodities [...] Assessments of the relevant environmental social and climate change risk impacts should be considered as part of the decision-making process. This assessment shall be more detailed when directly providing financial products and/or services to the special attention activities from [...] soft commodities sectors (particular attention will also be given to agriculture and ranching financing for retail clients in the Amazon biome). Furthermore, Santander Group will not directly invest in and/or provide financial products and/or services to the following activities in any client segment: • Any projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV. [...] ." ; "When establishing this policy, Santander is committed to follow best practices, international standards, treaties and references including: [...] The Soft Commodities Compact developed by the Banking Environment Initiative."
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
    • Palm oil
      12/90
      • Commitment Strength
        3/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          3.4/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Protects globally important landscapes (including UNESCO World Heritage Sites RAMSAR wetlands IUCN category 1-4 areas protected areas)
            2/8
            Commitment details
            Protects globally important landscapes (including UNESCO World Heritage Sites RAMSAR wetlands IUCN category 1-4 areas protected areas)
            2/8
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."    
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."    
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."    
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."    
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV." [...] This document sets out Santander Group’s policy on providing financial products and/or services to customers with an impact on tropical forests, tropical savannahs, and savannah biomes or located in High Risk Geographies, involved in the following activities: [...] Oil palm plantations [...] Processing of soy, palm oil or rubber."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/4.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must monitor operations
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            No
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          "Prohibited activities Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: ... • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV ... "
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          "This policy will come into force on the date it is published. Its contents will be reviewed on a regular basis, and any changes or modifications considered appropriate will be made."
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          "Santander sets out criteria for the identification, assessment, monitoring and management of E&S risks and other climate change related activities, [...] arising from businesses engaged in soft commodities [...] Assessments of the relevant environmental social and climate change risk impacts should be considered as part of the decision-making process. This assessment shall be more detailed when directly providing financial products and/or services to the special attention activities from [...] soft commodities sectors (particular attention will also be given to agriculture and ranching financing for retail clients in the Amazon biome). Furthermore, Santander Group will not directly invest in and/or provide financial products and/or services to the following activities in any client segment: • Any projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV. [...] • Palm oil processors that are not members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
    • Soy
      12/90
      • Commitment Strength
        3/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          3.4/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Protects globally important landscapes (including UNESCO World Heritage Sites RAMSAR wetlands IUCN category 1-4 areas protected areas)
            2/8
            Commitment details
            Protects globally important landscapes (including UNESCO World Heritage Sites RAMSAR wetlands IUCN category 1-4 areas protected areas)
            2/8
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."    
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."    
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."    
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."   Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies  [...] Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV." [...] This document sets out Santander Group’s policy on providing financial products and/or services to customers with an impact on tropical forests, tropical savannahs, and savannah biomes or located in High Risk Geographies, involved in the following activities: [...] Soy plantations [...] Processing of soy, palm oil or rubber."   
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/4.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must monitor operations
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            No
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          "Prohibited activities Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: [...] • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV [...] "
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          "This policy will come into force on the date it is published. Its contents will be reviewed on a regular basis, and any changes or modifications considered appropriate will be made."
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          "Santander sets out criteria for the identification, assessment, monitoring and management of E&S risks and other climate change related activities, [...] arising from businesses engaged in soft commodities [...] Assessments of the relevant environmental social and climate change risk impacts should be considered as part of the decision-making process. This assessment shall be more detailed when directly providing financial products and/or services to the special attention activities from [...] soft commodities sectors (particular attention will also be given to agriculture and ranching financing for retail clients in the Amazon biome). Furthermore, Santander Group will not directly invest in and/or provide financial products and/or services to the following activities in any client segment: • Any projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV. [...] ." ; "When establishing this policy, Santander is committed to follow best practices, international standards, treaties and references including: [...] The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)."
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
    • Timber, Pulp & Paper
      19/90
      • Commitment Strength
        11/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          5.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Certification
            4/8
            Commitment details
            Certification
            4/8
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: • Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies • Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC. • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: • Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies • Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC. • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: • Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies • Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC. • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: • Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies • Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC. • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: • Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies • Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC. • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV." [...] "Extraction and processing of timber products [...] Supply chain of the raw materials used in the manufacture and/or processing of wood-based cellulose, paper and textiles" 
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/4.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must monitor operations
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            Certification scheme (if applicable): FSC

            Type of policy: Assurance mechanism
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: [...] Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: [...] Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: [...] Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: [...] Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: [...] Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC." [...] "Extraction and processing of timber products [...] Supply chain of the raw materials used in the manufacture and/or processing of wood-based cellulose, paper and textiles"
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            No
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          Commitments must be timebound
          Required
          5/5
          "Santander Group will not provide financial products and/or services to any of the following activities: • Developments in forested peatlands in High-Risk Geographies • Extraction and sale of native tropical wood species not certified to FSC. • Projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV."
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          Policy is reviewed and updated
          Timeline for review unclear or review conducted less frequently than annually
          1/2
          "This policy will come into force on the date it is published. Its contents will be reviewed on a regular basis, and any changes or modifications considered appropriate will be made."
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          Monitoring and non-compliance process
          Check at time of onboarding
          2.5/5
          "Santander sets out criteria for the identification, assessment, monitoring and management of E&S risks and other climate change related activities, [...] arising from businesses engaged in soft commodities [...] Assessments of the relevant environmental social and climate change risk impacts should be considered as part of the decision-making process. This assessment shall be more detailed when directly providing financial products and/or services to the special attention activities from [...] soft commodities sectors (particular attention will also be given to agriculture and ranching financing for retail clients in the Amazon biome). Furthermore, Santander Group will not directly invest in and/or provide financial products and/or services to the following activities in any client segment: • Any projects or activities located in areas classified as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites or by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as categories I, II, III or IV. [...] ." ; "When establishing this policy, Santander is committed to follow best practices, international standards, treaties and references including: [...] The Soft Commodities Compact developed by the Banking Environment Initiative."
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
  • Commitment strength
    5/31
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/31
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/28
    Avg. score

Profile

Santander are a bank headquartered in Spain serving private, corporate and institutional clients. Their services include asset management, corporate finance, securities, insurance and retail banking services. As of 2017, Santander's total assets amount to more than 1.4 trillion EUR, with more than 860 billion EUR in net customer loans. Santander are among the top lenders to Forest 500 companies, with loans across a broad range of forest risk commodities.

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Financial institution type
Financial institution type 
Bank

How we assess the Forest 500

Investors and lenders need to adopt and implement strong deforestation policies that ensure their investments are not funding the destruction of forests.

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