Citi Releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report
“From COVID-19 and climate change to systemic racial inequity and a transformational war in
Among the many ESG initiatives this report covers, key highlights from the past year include:
Accelerating Sustainable Finance: In early 2021, Citi made a
$1 trillioncommitment to sustainable finance, which includes a $500 billiongoal for environmental finance and a $500 billiongoal for social finance, aligning with the agenda of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Through this commitment, Citi is financing and facilitating a wide range of activities – from renewable energy and clean technology to healthcare and affordable housing – to further the acceleration to a sustainable, low-carbon economy that supports the environmental, social and economic needs of society. In 2020 and 2021, Citi financed and facilitated a total of $222 billionin sustainable finance activity globally, which puts the company well on track to meet its $1 trillioncommitment by 2030.
Driving the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: Earlier this year, Citi unveiled its initial plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, a commitment made on Jane Fraser’s first day as CEO in
March 2021. The plan includes disclosure of Citi’s baseline financed emissions and ambitious 2030 targets for its Energy and Power loan portfolios – a 29% absolute reduction in financed emissions for the Energy sector and a 63% reduction in portfolio emissions intensity for the Power sector. The plan also introduces Citi’s Net Zero Transition Principles, which are guiding its net zero efforts to drive a responsible and orderly transition that minimizes economic disruption while also contributing to broader sustainable development objectives. In 2021, Citi also co-founded the Net Zero Banking Alliance, which will help establish an industry framework for decarbonizing the banking sector.
Maximizing Positive Social Impact in Emerging Markets: Building on Citi’s longstanding expertise and commitment to advancing financial inclusion around the world, the company expanded the scope of its social finance efforts to support social initiatives in areas such as healthcare, education and basic infrastructure. In 2021, Citi issued a first-of-its-kind
$1 billionsocial finance bond to support social and economic development efforts that increase opportunity and access to essential basic services in emerging markets. As part of Citi’s social finance focus, the company aims to invest in opportunities for 15 million households, including 10 million women, globally by 2025.
Deepening Efforts to Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap in the
U.S.: As part of Action for Racial Equity, Citi and the Citi Foundationinvested $1 billionin strategic initiatives, just one year into the three-year commitment. Through the $200 million Impact Fund, Citi directed 68% of its 2021 asset allocation to companies founded by women and/or racially/ethnically diverse founders, which supports the Fund’s goal to help combat the gender and racial/ethnic gaps that exist in venture capital. Citi also launched new initiatives to embed racial equity across Citi’s business to better serve its clients and communities, including the recently launched Diverse Financial Institutions Group– a dedicated team at Citi to lead and expand firmwide engagement with minority depository institutions, diverse broker dealers and diverse asset managers. In 2021, Citi also worked exclusively with five Black-owned firms to syndicate a $2.5 billionbond issuance.
Increasing Affordable Housing in the
U.S.: In 2021, Citi provided $5.64 billionin loans for affordable housing projects, making Citi the top affordable housing development lender in the U.S.for the 12th consecutive year, as published by Affordable Housing Finance.
Continuing Transparency around Pay Equity and Increasing Diverse Representation: In 2021, Citi promoted one of the largest and most diverse Managing Director classes in recent years – over a third of the total class were women and over a third in the
U.S.were racial/ethnic minorities. Earlier this year,Citidisclosed its annual public update on pay equity, highlighting progress on median pay for women globally and U.S.minorities. Helping progress on this front, Citi announced it had exceeded its three-year aspirational diversity representation goals set in 2018 – increasing representation at the Assistant Vice President to Managing Director levels for women to 40.6% globally and Black representation for those same levels to 8.1% in the U.S.The company plans to set new representation and recruiting goals, expanding to new markets and other underrepresented groups.
“Over the past year, we made meaningful strides toward achieving the commitments we’ve set, despite the uncertain and volatile period we are living through,” said
This is the third annual release of Citi’s ESG Report, formerly Citi’s Global Citizenship Report, which it had been publishing since 2001. The 2021 ESG Report was prepared in accordance with the
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