Case study NatWest
More and more consumers are demanding services that have a positive effect on the environment. They are becoming increasingly aware of the impact their day-to-day activities have on the planet, but when it comes to reducing their carbon footprint, many consumers still aren’t aware of all their options.
Acknowledging the positive impact that changes of personal and consumer habits can have on the environment, NatWest sought independent research from EcoAct to provide customers with a comprehensive understanding of the carbon footprint associated with the issuance of monthly bank statements, both paper and digital, considering also at-home printing.
Customers holding bank accounts with NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank (Northern Ireland) have the option to receive their monthly bank statements in paper or digital form, using the NatWest app or online banking. The former consists of an envelope containing on average between three and five pages, whilst the latter is made available on online platforms via email, notifying account holders that the monthly statement is ready to view. These statements can be downloaded in a PDF format.
The Natwest Group is a UK-based multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Edinburgh with circa 2,776 sites in the UK including retail branches, data centres, processing centres and offices. Natwest Group [formerly Royal Bank of Scotland plc] has made great strides in their goal of being a sustainable bank and been the recipient of numerous awards, such as Sustainability Team of the Year in 2017 and specific recognition for their staff engagement programme.
Tackling climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time and for NatWest Group it’s central to our purpose-led strategy. As the leading bank in the UK for business customers, and one of the largest for retail customers, we have a significant responsibility, and the ability, to encourage, enable and lead the way in helping people across the UK to transition to a net zero carbon economy.
While we understand we have to think long term, we also know that we must act now, and NatWest Group is determined to play a leading role in tackling climate change and helping our customers do the same. Which is why we’re providing customers the option of choosing to receive their bank statements digitally to help reduce CO2 emissions. The work that EcoAct, a leading provider of climate solutions, has undertaken, demonstrates how, if we all make small changes, we can work together towards tackling the climate challenges we face. Switching from monthly paper statements to digital statements is a simple, secure and smart way for our customers to access their bank statements while creating a long term sustainable environment that enables customers and communities to thrive.
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