Achieving strong sustainability performance is in keeping with our core values as an ethical bank. We are committed to integrating sustainability into our business practices and decision-making processes.

It is clear that the world we live in today is facing unprecedented challenges. The impact of the global economy is being felt by people and the planet.

The banking sector has a crucial role to play in helping to solve many of these challenges for a sustainable future - the products and services we offer, our choice of suppliers, and the industries we support, have a big influence on the world.

By taking international frameworks like the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals into account we demonstrate that our business and the products and services we provide can support a sustainable future for all, while achieving long-term business benefits.

“We are proud to be the only UK Shariah-compliant Bank to become a founding signatory of the UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Banking. Gatehouse Bank is a growing force in UK banking and is committed to having a positive impact on the communities we serve. The Principles for Responsible Banking fit with the Bank’s ethical approach to finance and more importantly, will enable us to continuously review and develop our approach as a responsible provider.” - Charles Haresnape, CEO at Gatehouse Bank

The UN Sustainable Development Goals


Gatehouse Bank is one of the founding signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking, which were launched in September 2019. The UN Principles provide the framework for a sustainable banking system and help the financial sector demonstrate how it makes a positive contribution to society.

As a founding signatory, we have committed to further aligning our business strategy with society’s goals. Goals expressed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and other relevant frameworks that identify the most pressing societal, environmental and economic needs of our time.

As society’s expectations change, banks must be transparent and clear about how their products and services create value for their investors, customers, and society. We have committed to monitoring our performance and publishing regular and transparent reports to be accountable for the social, environmental and economic impact of our activities.

We have completed a preliminary assessment of the areas where our business activities and operations have an impact on the environment, society, and the economy and our planned steps to manage this impact. The results of this assessment will help inform clearly defined objectives and targets that appropriately address the sustainability risks and opportunities facing our business and our stakeholders.

Our preliminary impact assessment report

UN Principles for Responsible Banking Progress Report 2021

Climate Change


We aim to reduce our carbon impact and help support the transition to a low-carbon economy. As a digital-first bank without physical branches, we have a lower carbon footprint than we would have otherwise. To appropriately manage our environmental impact, we have made the decision to voluntarily report on the greenhouse gas emissions of our internal operations.

We are measuring the environmental impact of our operations following global standards for accounting emissions ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) 14064. This will help us identify the steps we need to take to improve our corporate eco-efficiency. In addition to our direct emissions, we are measuring significant and relevant indirect emissions across our three offices are including purchased energy, water use, waste and business travel.

We take a strategic and governed approach to managing risks due to climate change, in line with regulatory requirements and our internal Risk Management Framework. We ensure that the risks arising from climate change are identified, assessed and monitored adequately and that consideration of climate risk is embedded throughout our organisation.

Greener Products


We developed our range of Green Saver Accounts to support UK Woodland growth through tree planting.

Tree planting is vital for meeting some of the UK’s greatest environmental needs and aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15, Life on Land. As well as serving an important role in sequestering carbon to reduce our impact on climate change, tree planting offers a host of other benefits to the environment and the community, including boosting biodiversity, reducing pollution and mitigating the risk of flooding.

The woodland projects supported by our Green Saver scheme are certified by the UK government’s Woodland Carbon Code. The Code delivers externally verified projects, certified by UKAS accredited bodies to ISO standards, that offer tangible social and environmental benefits, including registered carbon credits. It is the only standard of its kind in the UK.

Find out more about our Green Saver tree planting scheme here.

Our Green Saver Accounts