About ASN Bank

ASN Bank was founded in 1960 and has been unwaivering in its mission to foster environmental and social sustainability. Our team of around 260 people is dedicated to fulfilling our sustainability ambitions and offering our customers excellent banking services.

Our customer base consists mainly of personal current account holders, savers and investors in the ASN investment funds. We also offer services to self-employed individuals and finance major sustainability projects.


Our mission is to foster environmental and social sustainability. We use the money that our customers entrust to us to help create a world that is safe and healthy for people to live in. One where the environment is respected, both now and in the future.

How we practise sustainable banking

We use the money that our customers entrust to us to make forward-looking choices. With the future in mind and with respect for people, living creatures and the planet. We apply the following key principles:

  • We check if potential loans and investments meet our sustainability criteria. Sustainability is thus the norm: we apply strict criteria and assess the policy and conduct of companies and organisations on that basis.
  • We help people make sustainable choices in their own lives through our platform Vanaf Hier.
  • We offer transparent products.
  • We are a bank with a low risk profile.

    We invest in affordable housing, water management, education, public transport, sustainable energy, health care, and companies and countries that respect human rights and the environment. We do not invest in fossil fuels, child labour, the arms industry, nuclear energy, and countries and companies that violate human rights.

    Sustainablility policy

    Our sustainability policy clearly states where we lend or invest and where we do not. We focus our activities on three pillars: human rights, climate and biodiversity. On that basis, we exercise an influence on sustainable development. For example, by selecting sustainable companies for our investment funds, only financing sustainable projects and by entering into a dialogue with companies.

    However, we want to go beyond the meticulous selection of investments and loans. As the driving force and promoter behind the sustainable choices of other financial institutions, we can increase our impact even further. Here also, we focus primarily on our long-term goals for human rights, climate and biodiversity.

    Human rights

    We believe that everyone has the right to education, food and housing. That everyone has the right to free speech. That governments should not use violence against citizens. And we feel that as a bank we can and múst help to uphold these rights.

    We therefore lend the money that customers entrust to us only in countries that adhere to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). And we invest in enterprises that take responsibility for the proper treatment of workers and eliminate child labour from their entire chain.

    Human rights: our goal

    We are leveraging our influence in order to put pressure on the garment sector to achieve the following goal:

    By 2030 the garment sector will have implemented all necessary processes to enable a living wage for workers in its supply chain.

    We have led the way by setting up – together with other parties in the financial sector – the Platform Living Wage Financials.
    Read more about our long-term goal for human rights

    We are also in an intensive dialogue with the pharmaceutical sector. Many pharmaceutical companies are not sufficiently transparent about their research and development, production, marketing and sale of medicines. We want the conduct of pharmaceutical companies to become more patient-orientated.
    Read more about ethical pharmaceuticals in our report From Policy to Practice


    Greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, are to blame for the current rapid rise in global warming and consequently for climate change. We think it is important to do as much as we can to reduce these emissions – to ensure a decent quality of life for ourselves and for future generations. All the companies and projects in which we invest or which we finance are assessed on their positive contribution to the climate. We finance sustainable energy and energy conservation. And we set limits on any CO2 emissions that we may indirectly cause through our loans and investments.

    Climate: our goal

    To maximise our contribution to the reduction in CO2 emissions, we are the first financial institution in the world to set itself the ambitious long-term goal:

    All of ASN Bank’s loans and investments are to be
    net climate positive by 2030.

    Read more about our long-term goal for the climate

    In order to take standardised measurements of our climate impact on the financial sector, we took the initiative to set up the Partnership Carbon Accounting Financials. Through this partnership with other financial institutions, we want to develop standardised measurements of our climate impact.


    Biodiversity refers to the variety of living organisms and ecosystems – the habitats in which these living organisms are found, such as forests and seas. Biodiversity is vital to people’s lives. But it is currently in rapid decline. We believe that we must do our utmost to conserve biodiversity and to improve ecosystems.

    Biodiversity: our goal

    Our investments and loans are contributing to the loss of biodiversity. We intend to make an end to that loss with our goal:

    ASN Bank’s loans and investments are to have a net positive impact on biodiversity by 2030.

    To achieve this goal, we intend – as is the case with human rights and climate – to establish a forum in the financial sector in order to protect biodiversity.

    Read more about our long-term goal for biodiversity