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Fifth Third Sets New Operational Sustainability Targets by 2030

Fifth Third announced six new operational sustainability targets to be achieved by 2030. These targets build upon the Bank’s initial five goals set in 2017, which established the foundation for Fifth Third to reduce the environmental impact in its own operations. The 2017 goals were to purchase 100% renewable power and to reduce its energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste sent to landfills by 2022.

Fifth Third’s new and enhanced operational sustainability targets for 2030 are:

  • Purchase 100% renewable power (continue).
  • Reduce location-based GHG emissionsby 75% (previously 25%).
  • Reduce energy use by 40% (previously 25%).
  • Reduce potable water use by 50% (previously 20%).
  • Divert 75% of waste from going to landfills (previously 20% waste reduction goal).
  • Reduce paper use by 75% and purchase remaining paper from certified sources.

Since 2014, Fifth Third has reduced its location-based Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by more than 50%. Fifth Third has been carbon neutral for these emissions since 2020 with the purchase of 100% renewable power and verified carbon offsets for the remaining emissions.

In addition to announcing these new targets, Fifth Third announces the establishment of a Sustainability Office with the appointment of Mike Faillo as chief sustainability officer. As CSO, Faillo will lead the office and will lead Fifth Third’s comprehensive environmental, social and governance strategy, which includes the Bank’s climate strategy and sustainable finance initiatives, as well as social and governance reporting. This includes working with the lines of business to develop financial solutions and drive innovation to ensure the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy.

“The creation of a sustainability office under the leadership of Mike Faillo demonstrates Fifth Third’s commitment to drive progress toward a sustainable, inclusive and healthy environment for our customers and communities,” said Kala Gibson, executive vice president and chief corporate responsibility officer. “We recognize the important role that the financial sector has in making necessary changes to adapt to a changing planet and create more resilient communities.”

Faillo began his career at Fifth Third in 2015 and most recently served in Investor Relations as the director of ESG reporting and analytics. Since 2019, Faillo has led the Bank’s ESG strategy and reporting and serves as chair of the ESG Committee.

Faillo said, “Fifth Third has aggressive plans and targets for leading the transition to a sustainable future and addressing climate change. A key part of our strategy is reducing our own impact on the environment. Our new operational sustainability targets, which we intend to achieve by 2030, build upon the success of our first set of environmental goals announced in 2017 and sets aggressive targets for the future. These targets, along with our other key actions, are essential to our sustainability objectives.”

In addition to these actions, Fifth Third has taken the following steps in recent months:

Advancing sustainability reporting and disclosures

Fifth Third is committed to transparency in its climate journey and climate-related disclosures, including:

  • Financed emissions: Measuring Scope 3 Category 15 (investments), or financed emissions, is a key step in developing net-zero aligned business strategies and targets. Fifth Third joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, or PCAF, in March 2021 and is committed to measuring and disclosing financed emissions for its most carbon-intensive industries in the next Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report in 2023. Fifth Third will expand disclosures to eventually include additional financed emissions as sufficiently reliable data becomes available as well as set interim and long-term targets accordingly.
  • Other Scope 3 indirect emissions: Fifth Third is committed to measuring, disclosing and reducing other relevant indirect emissions.
  • Third-party ESG risk management: Fifth Third is partnering with EcoVadis, a leading evidence-based sustainability ratings provider, to engage with and monitor the ESG strategies and performance of our largest third-party relationships. Fifth Third is committed to developing and reporting metrics that demonstrate the progress of our third parties in reducing their environmental impact and improving social outcomes.

Other actions that demonstrate advancing environmental sustainability:

  • Announced the acquisition of Dividend Finance in January 2022. Founded in 2013 in San Francisco, Dividend Finance is one of the top national social lenders with a vision to create a more efficient and sustainable world by enabling more investment in renewable energy. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.
  • Through 2021, Fifth Third has achieved 91% towards our first sustainable finance goal of $8 billion to be achieved by 2025, which includes lending and financing for renewable energy. Fifth Third is actively assessing a new sustainable financing target.
  • Published the second Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures Report in February 2022 and reported on its integration of climate risk into Fifth Third’s risk management and strategy.
  • Issued inaugural $500 million Green Bond in November 2021. The bond proceeds will fund green projects that align with Fifth Third’s sustainability priorities, as outlined in the Fifth Third Bancorp Sustainable Bond Framework. With the issuance, Fifth Third was the first U.S. financial institution under $250 billion in assets to issue an ESG bond of any type.
  • Achieved an A- CDP Leadership Score in 2021. Fifth Third is the only bank among peers to achieve a Leadership Score for three consecutive years.

Press release from Fifth Third Bancorp.

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