Supporting Financial Institutions on every step of their sustainability journey

Climate, ESG and Sustainable Finance for Financial Institutions

We offer climate and ESG solutions and services to guide Financial Institutions through their sustainable finance strategies to successfully address environmental and societal challenges

We are a specialist team with capabilities in ESG advisory and sustainable finance for banks, insurance companies and asset managers, and we support our customers across the full spectrum of financing and risk solutions. We help our customers embed purpose-driven strategies into their business models, to transform their financing and balance sheet management. Our services include sustainability focused bonds and loans, securitisation and capital products, bespoke risk solutions, ESG rating and disclosure advice. Our capabilities also extend to both the public and private space across the GBP, Euro and USD markets.

How we could support your institution

We take a holistic approach to assist you with all aspects of your sustainability journey, by providing advice, ideas and solutions, thought leadership and insight.

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Our work

We have assisted numerous FIs with a wide range of ESG-related transactions, celebrating many sustainability ‘firsts’. NatWest has reached a leading position in structuring and arranging Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds across multiple currencies:

  • We are the #1 bookrunner for social bonds issued by financial institutions
  • We are the #1 bookrunner for sterling-denominated Green, Social and Sustainability (GSS) issuance by banks and insurance companies globally
  • We are in the top five for European GSS-labelled issuance by FIs across all currencies

Source: Dealogic (as at H1 2021)

At NatWest, we recognise the interlinkage of a customer’s sustainability strategy and reporting and its impact on ESG ratings and investors’ ESG scorecards and so are able to provide a dedicated service that guides customers to optimize their communication and interaction with various stakeholders.

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Product Innovation and partnership

Product innovation and partnership is at the centre of our philosophy as we work with our customers to find solutions illustrated with innovative products such as ESG-linked FX forward products and the joint work done on a variety of Green or ESG linked Commercial Paper (CP) Programme.

Following the ground-breaking ESG CP Programme we solely structured for LafargeHolcim, our teams worked with clients to incorporate Green CP into their Frameworks. In addition, we have worked with financial institutions and consumer finance companies to incorporate social and green securitisation, as well as high yield options into the financing mix.

Going further, our capabilities are also deployed on the private side as we help our clients in defining their ESG strategy and becoming ESG prepared; offering structuring advice such as KPI definitions on ESG linked products as well as developing more bespoke, solutions such as KPI-linked derivatives, implementing carbon offsetting strategies and optimising capital considerations.

Our work

We are proud to have supported numerous customers with a wide range of ESG transactions, and celebrated many sustainability firsts. 

You can read in more detail about how we have helped our Financial Institution and Private Finance customers on our Case Studies page. Or see recent examples of our work below:

We are delighted to have been able to support OMFC with their debut ESG transaction, using our global ESG experience to help our US customers.

NatWest was mandated as Joint Lead Manager for Intesa Sanpaulo €1.25bn 7year Green SP, their third GSS bond which focusses on Green Buildings.

We’re please to have supported ING Groep in raising funding for its green loan portfolio after successfully conveying its climate strategy to UK investors.

NatWest Markets acted as structuring advisor on NatWest Group’s Affordable Housing Social bond, the UK’s first in this format.


In addition to our work, we also support our research teams in providing ESG insights and content that aligns with our customers’ needs and challenges, and this can be found on our ESG Hub or Agile Markets or, you can access some recent examples of our work below.

Contact us

To discuss how NatWest could support your sustainability journey, contact us today:

Caroline Haas

Head of Climate and ESG Capital Markets

Climate & ESG Capital Markets