Established in 1992, China Everbright Bank is a national joint-stock commercial bank approved by the State Council of China and the People’s Bank of China. It was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2010 and the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited in 2013. Its major product and business lines include asset management, investment banking, e-banking and credit cards. It is headquartered in Beijing and, as of 2021, had 46,200 employees.
China Everbright Bank discloses the proportion of its total direct operations workforce for each employee category by age group and gender. It also discloses the proportion of its workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements.
There is no evidence that China Everbright Bank assigns responsibility for sustainability to the group’s highest governing body. In terms of its approach to senior leadership accountability, there is no evidence that the financial institution links the remuneration of its executive or management teams to sustainability performance criteria. The financial institution has an opportunity to commit to gender equality and women’s empowerment. It could also disclose the proportion of women in senior leadership roles as well as how it addresses any gender pay gaps. Regarding engagement, the financial institution has an opportunity to describe its engagement approach on sustainability themes and impact topics with clients and investees.
There is no evidence that China Everbright Bank discloses a target to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050. Furthermore, no evidence of an approach to fossil fuels, which covers the entire fossil fuel value chain and all of the financial institution’s financing activities, was found in the public domain. This could include the amount or share of finance directed towards fossil fuels, or the financial institutions stance on financing companies with new fossil fuel projects. The financial institution has an opportunity to disclose the key sectors and companies it has identified as priorities to engage with on climate change, specifically on alignment with the Paris Agreement. It could also disclose its financing activities devoted to climate solutions. Regarding nature and biodiversity, China Everbright Bank has an opportunity to commit to minimising its negative impacts.
There is no evidence that China Everbright Bank has a publicly available policy statement committing it to respect human rights laid out in the UNGPs and the ILO declaration on fundamental rights at work. The financial institution has an opportunity to describe a comprehensive process for identifying its human rights risks and impacts across all its activities, especially its financing activities. To provide transparency on financial inclusivity, the financial institution has an opportunity to disclose the amount of finance directed towards, for example, women-owned businesses, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or low-income developing countries.
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Net income: CNY 45.4 billion; AUM: CNY 1.1 trillion