The EIB puts sustainability at the heart of its activities. Having financed thousands of investment projects in Europe and beyond in around 60 years, the EIB’s ultimate objectives are to improve people’s lives by promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in the European Union and around the world. EIB commitment to sustainability applies to all EIB's priority areas which are:
- innovation and skills
- small and medium-sized enterprises and mid-caps
- climate and environment
As the EU bank, promoting economic and social cohesion is one of the principles that guide us throughout our activities.
Our sense of corporate responsibility is reflected by our support for the creation of a sustainable and inclusive economy without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
In the spotlight
The EU bank drives growth and employment in over 160 countries. We help small businesses breathe life into their communities, support innovative medical research, build vital infrastructure and finance green energy. All to safeguard and drive our future.
The EIB Group strategy on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, “Protect, Impact, Invest", aims to embed gender equality and women’s empowerment in the EIB Group’s activities.
In 2016, the EIB Group again delivered record levels of finance for SMEs and mid-caps with EUR 33.7bn of new operations signed. This report gives an overview of EIB Group key messages and main achievements in 2016.
Blending and advising for larger impact
Sustainability is also at the core of our blending and advising activities. Indeed, sustainable finance goes hand in hand with the technical assistance and advice that is often necessary to make financing a success for all stakeholders. This is why we provide finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives.
Our impact is magnified by:
- the possibility for our clients to blend our financing through a variety of sophisticated tools, whereby investment by the EIB helps to unlock additional sources of funding
- the advice that we provide to intermediary banks and institutions when it comes to implementing our investments
Our priorities and targets include support for projects with direct environmental and social benefits: all projects selected by the EIB have to be acceptable in environmental and social terms.
The EIB is fully convinced that the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, inclusiveness and human rights for all. We are committed to undertaking the efforts required both in our organisation and in our activities to help finance the Agenda 2030 to improve the lives of people around the world.