Bank of Palestine Joins United Nations Global Compact, Endorsing Universal Principles on Environment, Labor, Human Rights, and Anti-Corruption




Bank of Palestine (BoP) announced that it has become a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact on September 15 adhering to global principles embedded in its operations and business practice.

As a signatory to the Global Compact's ten principles in the four areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, as well as actively implementing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Bank of Palestine will be implementing responsible management and continuing to enhance its contribution towards building a sustainable society and economy.

Bank of Palestine is the first bank in Palestine to join the Global Compact. This initiative will contribute to the enhancement of BoP’s sustainability strategy. The bank has been revising its overall strategy to integrate Environmental and Social Sustainability into its core businesses. BoP conducted in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) a comprehensive risk management and corporate governance project. The bank also adopted IFC’s Social and Environmental policies, which are applied when granting credit facilities at any of BoP’s branches. Furthermore, the bank believes that true progress begins with social and economic development on a community level. This has been the bank’s belief and commitment since its founding. BoP has been the leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Palestine dedicating around 5% of its net profit to CSR. In 2010 alone, BoP’s CSR budget reached around $1.5 million, and covered several sectors, including: Youth and sports, education, health, arts, culture, tourism, and other humanitarian work.
Chairman and CEO of Bank of Palestine, Hashim Shawa stated: “Bank of Palestine views its commitment to the UN Global Compact as an opportunity to further promote the bank’s philosophy integrating social, economic and environmental principles into our business operations while maintaining a value system that meets the interests and needs of the bank's stakeholders; our customers, employees, shareholders, investors, partners, and local communities.

Bank of Palestine will publish its first UN Global Compact ‘Communication on Progress’ as part of its annual report 2011.


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