NIB promotes sustainable growth by providing financing to projects that improve competitiveness and the environment, in line with the Bank's mission.
NIB recognises that taking ecological and social aspects into account is part of good business and leads to sustainable development. NIB believes that this approach enhances the competitive advantage of the Bank's customers and that economic growth and a healthy environment go hand in hand.
As an international financial institution, NIB places particular emphasis on issues relating to corporate responsibility. On this page NIB briefly presents its view on its role in society at large and on aspects related to corporate responsibility. More information can be found elsewhere on the site, as indicated.
NIB contributes to sustainability through its approach to financing projects. NIB impacts its environment mainly through its financing and thus the impacts are largely indirect. NIB not only finances investments that improve the environment, but also analyses the environmental impacts of each project considered for financing. NIB defines the term "environment" to include both ecological and social aspects. All NIB's lending decisions thus take into account economic, ecological and social aspects.
NIB's main environmental impacts are indirect and made through its financing operations. As concerns its direct ecological footprint and housekeeping, NIB has internal environmental guidelines for office practices, facilities management and procurement.
NIB complies with the requirements of current EU environmental legislation and in many respects goes beyond what legislation requires.
In 2009, NIB's Headquarters in Helsinki joined the WWF Green Office network.
NIB promotes transparency, predictability, accountability, responsibility and disclosure as general principles enhancing and furthering good governance. NIB aims at best practices in the field of corporate governance.
NIB is governed by its constituent documents. In addition, NIB's activities are governed by a number of policies, guidelines and instructions. These include, for example, risk management policies and general guidelines for procurement. NIB aims at fighting corruption in both its external and internal activities and has adopted guidelines for combating corruption, including money laundering and international terrorism. NIB also has a committee on fighting corruption, which deals with both corruption prevention and cases of suspected corruption.
The work of NIB's decision-making bodies and supervisory body is governed by rules of procedure. Codes of conduct have been adopted to further enhance best governance practices.
NIB is committed to the development and well-being of its employees and underscores the importance of dedicated employees for the organisation's performance. NIB's intention is to act as a good corporate citizen and to offer interesting, motivating and safe jobs to its employees. The purpose of NIB's staff policy is to create an attractive and professionally stimulating work environment. The policy builds on transparency, predictability and the reasonable, consistent, equal and equitable treatment of all employees.
NIB strives to add value through its long-term financing and status as an international financial institution and to complement other financing resources.
In its interaction with different stakeholders, NIB emphasises openness and transparency:
The common international financial institution of its eight member countries.
Private and public companies and the public sector both in and outside NIB's member countries.
Corporate investors, banks, pension and insurance funds, asset managers, central banks and government entities all over the world.
Environment & society
Non-governmental organisations, media, general public, natural environment.
Other international financial institutions as well as public and private sector lenders.
Some 200 employees, headquarters in Helsinki, Finland.
Eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
If you are not satisfied with an action taken by NIB or a response to your inquiry, you can place a written complaint with the Bank’s Chief Compliance Officer by sending a letter, e-mail to , or fax to +358 10 618 0711 within 30 working days of the receipt of the decision which is the subject of the complaint.
Code of conduct for the Control Committee (137 kB)
Code of conduct for the Board of Directors and the President (377 kB)
Code of conduct for the staff (147 kB)
Rules of procedure of the Board of Governors (528 kB)
Rules of procedure for the Control Committee (465 kB)
Rules of procedure of the Board of Directors (100 kB)
Risk management policies (584 kB)
General guidelines for procurement (157 kB)
Public information policy (110 kB)
Staff regulations (535 kB)
Sustainability policy and guidelines (443 kB)
NIB and the environment
European principles for the environment
Legal framework & policy documents
Annual Report, Sustainability Management
A loan to Bergen–Os Bompengeselskap AS will finance the construction of a new section of the E39 motorway in Hordaland County.
15 Mar 2018
NIB has provided a loan agreement of NOK 400 million to the Norwegian dairy company Tine.
14 Mar 2018
In 2017, NIB continued to expand its lending operations. Loans aimed at improving productivity supported investments in R&D, infrastructure and energy. On the environmental side, the focus was on wastewater treatment.
13 Mar 2018