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Growing together: ABN AMRO's employee-led reforestation

Dutch banking institution ABN AMRO Clearing forged a transformative partnership with Land Life Company, embarking on a visionary five-year reforestation initiative, transcending geographical boundaries.

ABN AMROs employee-led reforestation_A man planting a tree_visual 1A man planting a tree.

The large-scale tree-planting initiative, commencing in the forthcoming summer, is expected to exceed conventional corporate responsibility paradigms. ABN AMRO is committed to combining employee engagement with the noble cause of reforestation. In this project, bank employees will actively participate in tree-planting events across various nations where the bank has a substantial presence, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.

Pauline Engelberts, the Global Chief Operations Officer at ABN AMRO, explains, ’Planting trees in areas where it is needed the most supports our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals on climate action. It is also important for us that we connect the tree planting we do together as a team in our own neighbourhoods to what is required for climate action on a global scale.’

This pioneering endeavour is especially timely in light of escalating environmental crises, which have precipitated mounting pressure on financial institutions to enact meaningful change.

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Under the support of the five-year programme, ABN AMRO aspires to plant the seeds of 50,000 trees annually on average, with the ultimate objective of offsetting approximately 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Trees, with their impressive carbon absorption power, serve as custodians of carbon sinks, playing a crucial role in nature restoration efforts. Furthermore, meticulous tracking and monitoring of the planted trees will enable the bank to assess the progress of carbon sequestration over time.

Rebekah Braswell, Chief Commercial Officer of Land Life Company, applauds ABN AMRO's forward-thinking approach, stating, ‘ABN AMRO Clearing has always looked beyond carbon in their climate action programme. They connect rebuilding forests and ecosystems with employee engagement. This programme shows their commitment to climate action in the long run. We are very proud to support this forward-looking approach.’

This reforestation initiative is an evolutionary step, building upon the existing two-year climate action partnership between ABN AMRO and Land Life Company. As part of this ongoing collaboration, over 17,000 trees are being planted in Castilla y León, Spain, and Australia. The choice of these locations is symbolic of the bank's strategic focus on addressing desertification in Spain and rehabilitating land degraded by overgrazing and wildfires in Australia.

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In this case study, we've delved into the inspiring journey of ABN AMRO Clearing as it partnered with Land Life Company to embark on a global reforestation programme. Its commitment to employee engagement in tree planting not only underscores its dedication to environmental action but also strengthens team cohesion and fosters a sense of global responsibility.

At DGB Group, we recognise the transformative power of integrating trees into business models. Just as ABN AMRO Clearing has demonstrated, this initiative is more than an environmental responsibility; it's a strategic choice for sustainable growth.

Our team of experts is ready to assist your company in achieving similar success. We offer tailored solutions that align with your industry, engage your employees in meaningful ways, and ensure the sustainability of your tree-planting initiatives.

By partnering with us, you can take a proactive step towards a greener future. Our comprehensive support, from tree selection to compliance and reporting, ensures that your initiatives make a lasting impact on both your business and the environment.

It's time to join the ranks of forward-thinking companies like ABN AMRO and make a meaningful contribution to a sustainable world. Contact our experts today to embark on your journey towards a greener, more prosperous future. Together, we can shape a world where sustainability and success go hand in hand.

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