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Real Change

There’s no slower word in the English language than "progress". We need change now — not incremental change for the distant future. By making tough but necessary choices about what we fund (and what we no longer fund) we are accelerating important transitions in energy, employment equality and social programs that we believe will have a positive impact. We’re anti-waiting, pro action, and that’s how real change happens.



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We’re investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, promoting programs for sustainable energy, and withdrawing support from companies and business activities that we believe are detrimental to our environment and our health.

As a long-term partner of the energy industry, we are proud to work with companies in oil, coal and gas that are actively involved in the energy transition and committed to building a more sustainable energy future.

We are committed to being a leader in sustainable finance and to this end, have been increasing our investment in renewables while instituting guidelines around a number of sectors.

  • Bank of the West has had a long-term ban on arctic drilling, and will not finance Arctic oil and gas exploration or production projects. Click here to read the full group policy.
  • In 2015, we instituted guidelines around coal-fired power plant investment, and will no longer finance coal-fired power plants that are not actively involved in the energy transition. Click here to read the full group policy.
  • In 2017, we committed to exiting fracking and tar sands work. Bank of the West will no longer do business with companies whose main activity involves shale or tar sands mining. Click here to read the full BNP Paribas Group policy.
  • We are terminating all financing and investing activities relating to tobacco product manufacturers, as well as producers, wholesalers and traders whose revenue comes primarily from tobacco. Click here to read the full group policy.

As the bank for a changing world, we’re continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

Read on to see how we and our parent company, BNP Paribas, are taking real action for positive change in the world.


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Banks today must become responsible members of their communities again, and that means understanding that banks must be less focused on the next quarter’s results and more on what’s right for our customers, right where they are. At Bank of the West, we are adjusting our business to the direction society is moving. From contributing to local causes in the towns we live in, to active involvement in international position-making, we are transforming the way we do business, on a global scale.