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Fossil Free Certification

What is Fossil Free Certification?

Banks and credit unions that are Fossil Free Certified do not finance fossil fuel companies or projects and have pledged not to do so in the future. Fossil Free Certification is the simplest, most straightforward way to signal to customers, professionals in the banking sector, and the general public that a sustainability-conscious financial institution is truly putting its money where its mouth is.

Fossil Free Certified members join our Fossil Free Banking Alliance:

Ando logoBeneficial State Bank logoClean Energy logoClimate First Bank logoGreen Got logoSelf-Help logoVCC logoHelios logoAtmos logo
Amalgamated Bank logo

Benefits of Certification

  • Attract customers and employees: Customers — especially younger ones — are increasingly concerned about climate change and making consumer choices that prioritize sustainability. Likewise, more and more millennial and Gen Z professionals consider a company's social and environmental impact when evaluating job satisfaction or considering new employers. Fossil Free Certification signals an important commitment to sustainability and halting the climate crisis.
  • Access networks: By becoming Fossil Free Certified, you join a community of banking industry leaders similarly dedicated to sustainability. Bank.Green hosts regular events and opportunities to network and engage with other members of our Fossil Free Banking Alliance.
  • Provide public relations benefits: Bank.Green works alongside Fossil Free Certified members to generate publicity around the commitment they've made never to fund fossil fuels.
  • Join a movement: The movement against fossil fuel finance — and for sustainable investments — is growing at a rapid rate, as industries, social movements, and the general public increasingly consider climate-friendly finance a critical subject. Take your place as a leader of this powerful, all-important movement by becoming a certified member of our Fossil Free Banking Alliance.

Steps of Certification

  • CONNECT: During an initial conversation, get to know the Bank.Green team, introduce your bank or credit union's climate and sustainability commitments, and learn more about Fossil Free Certification.
  • SUBMIT: Submit documentation, including:
    • Any public-facing webpages or materials stating your bank or credit union's fossil fuel-free status
    • Your completed certification application, which includes a section for self-reporting fossil fuel-free status
  • REVIEW: The Bank.Green team will review your submitted documents.
  • CERTIFY: Hooray! Bank.Green will work with your team to execute the perfect communications plan and make sure we let the world know loudly and enthusiastically about your Fossil Free Certification and commitment to remain fossil fuel-free.

If you believe your bank or credit union may qualify for Fossil Free Certification and would like to discuss becoming Fossil Free Certified, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Frequently asked questions

Who is behind Fossil Free Certification?
Why does it matter if a financial institution is invested in fossil fuel projects?
What is the difference between Fossil Free Certification and B Corp Certification or being a certified member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values?
How much does it cost to obtain Fossil Free Certification?
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