Sustainable finance


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At BMO we are committed to a sustainable future. We incorporate environmental and social considerations into our business activities, corporate reports and risk management activities, and we draw on our deep expertise to advise our clients on risks and opportunities associated with sustainable finance activities.


BMO-led Sustainability and Social Bonds recognized by Environmental Finance’s 2022 Bond Awards

BMO-led Sustainability and Social Bonds recognized by Environmental Finance’s 2022 Bond Awards

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BMO supports launch of Export Development Canada’s new Sustainable Bond Framework

BMO supports launch of Export Development Canada’s new Sustainable Bond Framework

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BMO proud to support first Government of Canada Green Bond transaction as joint-lead manager

BMO proud to support first Government of Canada Green Bond transaction as joint-lead manager

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BMO announces plan to partner with Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to accelerate climate innovation

BMO announces plan to partner with Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to accelerate climate innovation

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BMO named North America’s most sustainable bank for third consecutive year

BMO named North America’s most sustainable bank for third consecutive year

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BMO ranked one of the world’s most sustainable companies in the world by Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

BMO ranked one of the world’s most sustainable companies in the world by Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

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Six of Canada’s largest banks join United-Nations-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance

Six of Canada’s largest banks join United-Nations-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance

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BMO announces $12 Billion financing commitment towards affordable housing in Canada

BMO announces $12 Billion financing commitment towards affordable housing in Canada

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BMO releases first Impact Fund Disclosure applying IFC led Operating Principles for Impact Management

BMO releases first Impact Fund Disclosure applying IFC led Operating Principles for Impact Management

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BMO declares climate ambition

BMO declares climate ambition

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BMO works with Atlantic Packaging towards a sustainable future

BMO works with Atlantic Packaging towards a sustainable future

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BMO launches suite of ESG EFTs to support responsible investing

BMO launches suite of ESG EFTs to support responsible investing

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BMO’s collaboration with the World Bank on sustainable development bonds

BMO’s collaboration with the World Bank on sustainable development bonds

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Sustainability Leaders

Sustainability Leaders

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BMO named to top ten of Canada’s best 50 corporate citizens by Corporate Knights

BMO named to top ten of Canada’s best 50 corporate citizens by Corporate Knights

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BMO helps World Bank raise $8 billion for global pandemic response

BMO helps World Bank raise $8 billion for global pandemic response

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BMO and EDC announce collaboration to introduce sustainable finance solutions for Canadian businesses

BMO and EDC announce collaboration to introduce sustainable finance solutions for Canadian businesses

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Banking on sustainability

BMO is a global leader in sustainable finance, offering individuals, businesses and governments innovative ways to align financial priorities with broader sustainability goals. We’ve made a bold commitment to mobilize $300 billion in capital to clients pursuing sustainable outcomes through green, social and sustainable lending, underwriting, advisory services, and investment. Through our sustainable finance activities, we seek to advance the positive social outcomes expressed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as environmental outcomes that support the transition to a lower carbon economy.

We’re proud of our significant achievements, including acting as joint lead manager for the World Bank on a landmark US$8-billion sustainable development bond for pandemic relief, developing Canada’s first sustainability-linked commercial loan, and becoming joint bookrunner on only the third ever high-yield green bond for a wind and solar power utility in the U.S.

Addressing climate change through sustainable finance

BMO has been a leader on combatting climate change for decades, becoming the first carbon neutral bank in Canada in 2010, and 100% renewable electricity powered in 2020. BMO is also working diligently through sustainable finance to address the urgent issue of climate change. In partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, we’re building a transition strategy that focuses on social and economic outcomes alongside climate impacts.


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Environmental and social risk management

BMO integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into our financing and lending activities – mitigating risk while creating the conditions that drive a more sustainable future.

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2021 Sustainability Report and Public Accountability Statement

BMO’s latest Sustainability report outlines key environmental, social and governance areas of interest to our stakeholders and discloses our performance in these areas.

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