Supporting Corporates, Financial Institutions, Sovereigns, Supranationals & Agencies (SSAs), municipalities, the Public Sector and those in Private Finance through every step of their sustainability journey to create a greener, fairer and more inclusive economy.

Climate, ESG and Sustainable Finance

About us

NatWest helps you stay at the forefront of environmental, social and governance developments and opportunities. 

At NatWest, we champion the potential of our customers, helping them to thrive. Whether an issuer or an investor, we help customers achieve their green and sustainability ambitions by integrating ESG factors across our product spectrum. The financial sector has a critical role to play in tackling climate change and societal issues, as well as supporting our customers’ transition pathways as we move to a net zero future.

We’re determined to lead the way in ESG advisory, all forms of sustainability financing, and ESG-linked ancillary solutions. And we will continue to underpin our work with thought leadership and content, complemented by our desk and macro strategists.

How we support our customers

Through a wide range of sustainable finance and advisory solutions, we support customers to become part of a low carbon economy and just society.

Our skills

We have experience across a wide range of products and services, including:

  • All forms of sustainability debt across the credit spectrum, including high yield
  • Sustainability-linked debt, both bonds and loans
  • Green and Social securitisation
  • Green and ESG-linked commercial paper
  • ESG reporting and disclosure support
  • ESG rating advisory
  • Sustainable marketing strategies
  • ESG Regulatory and Policy support
  • ESG-related investor engagement

Our credentials

We have a strong track record in structuring and placing all forms of sustainability debt across a range of sectors, countries and formats:

  • Leading Bookrunner of sterling-denominated sustainable debt in the Global Capital Markets
  • #3 lead manager of sterling-denominated Green, Social and Sustainability, Sustainability-linked (GSSS) issuance globally
  • #6 lead manager of sterling-denominate Green bonds globally
  • #1 lead manager of sterling-denominate Social bonds globally

We have also been a notable lender to the UK renewables sector, over the past 10 years. 

Source: Dealogic (as at November 2022)

What we could offer you

We have dedicated teams with the industry expertise to provide bespoke solutions to different customer groups from large to medium sized commercial and institutional customers based in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia. 

To find out more about how NatWest could support you, click the links below:

Our Purpose-led focus on Climate

Climate is a key priority within our Purpose and is something that we are making notable progress against. In 2020, 2021 and throughout 2022, NatWest has made notable commitments and advances regarding our climate propositions and approaches:

Working together

  • We became the first major UK bank to join the Partnership for Carbon Accounting (PCAF), underlining our commitment to measuring and reducing our climate impact in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement
  • We have joined the Science Based Targets initiatives (SBTi), following the launch of its guidance to support financial institutions in aligning lending and investment activities with the 2015 Paris Agreement
  • We aim to halve the climate impact of our financing activity by 2030 and look to have 50% of our UK mortgage customers’ homes at or above EPC C rating by 2030
  • We have established a Climate Centre of Excellence to help us achieve our climate ambitions and deliver on our purpose-led strategy

Our ambitions

Our advancement of other sustainability and societal goals

To find out more about how we are building a bank led by its Purpose, click here.

Sustainable Insights and Content

We believe that building market momentum for sustainability, and driving broader education of climate and ESG, is of paramount importance. So, to support with this, we are continually sharing ESG thought leadership with our commercial and institutional customers and the wider public through events, webinars and podcasts. 

Our resident ESG specialists produce a breadth of content and insights, breaking down the key updates in ESG regulation, institutional developments, reporting and ratings. We also have a selection of flagship series, that cover a range of topics. Our flagship series include: Issue Your Greens, Carbonomics 101, ESG World Tour and more.

To access all our ESG insights and stay informed as to when new insights are posted, please visit the ESG Hub or Agile Markets and follow our social channels:

An active voice in the industry

We are involved with a range of industry bodies that support the transition to a low carbon economy, as well as the development of the sustainable finance market to ensure a strong and robust market for all participants. These include amongst others:

International Capital Market Association

  • ICMA’s Advisory Council of the Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles
  • ICMA Working Group Climate Transition Finance
  • ICMA Working Group Sustainability-Linked Bonds
  • ICMA Working Group Social Bonds

Association for Financial Markets in Europe

  • AFME Sustainable Securitisation Working Group
  • AFME Sustainable Finance Steering Committee
  • AFME Sustainable Transition Bond Working Group
  • AFME EU Social and Expanded Taxonomy

Financial Markets Standards Board

  • FMSB ESG Committee

London Stock Exchange

  • The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Sustainable Bond Market Advisory Group (SBMAG)

Global Financial Markets Association

  • GFMA Sustainable Finance Working Group

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

  • SIFMA Sustainable Finance Working Group

Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association

  • ASIFMA Sustainable Finance Working Group


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