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200 Bay Street
ON M5J 2J5 Toronto
David I. McKay
listed on NYSE, SIX Swiss Exchange & Toronto Stock Exchange
Royal Bank of Canada's shareholder structure can be accessed here.
The Royal Bank of Canada (in French, Banque Royale du Canada, and commonly RBC in either language) was founded in 1864 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is the largest financial institution in Canada by measured deposits, revenues, and market capitalisation. The bank serves sixteen million clients and has more than 81,000 employees worldwide. The bank offers retail banking, corporate banking and investment banking services.
Royal Bank of Canada's most important sustainability commitments can be found at the website sections listed below.
Environmental and social risk management
Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) is linked to a number of companies and projects that BankTrack considers controversial (so called Dodgy Deals), e.g. as a current or past financier or through an expression of interest. The profiles below provide more details on the nature of Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC)'s link to these deals.
Banks and Climate
The 2022 Banking on Climate Chaos report showed that Royal Bank of Canada provided US$ 201.23 in financing to the fossil fuel industry between 2016 and 2021. Find further details on Royal Bank of Canada fossil fuel portfolio and how it compares to other large banks globally on Fossil Banks No Thanks and in the Banking on Climate Chaos report.
Reclaim Finance tracks the coal, oil and gas policies of financial institutions, including banks, in the Coal Policy Tracker and Oil and Gas Policy Tool. Find further details on their assessment of Royal Bank of Canada fossil fuel policy below.
Banks and Human Rights
BankTrack assessed Royal Bank of Canada in its 2022 Global Human Rights Benchmark, where it achieved 4 points out of 14 and was ranked as a follower. In addition, Royal Bank of Canada scored 0.6 out of 3 on how it responds to alleged human rights violations linked to its finance, which were raised by civil society organisations. More information is detailed in the "Accountability" section of this profile.
Global Human Rights Benchmark 2022
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)'s human rights policies, processes and reporting were assessed as part of the BankTrack Global Human Rights Benchmark 2022. The bank is assessed as a Follower, with a total score of 4 out of 14.
Due dilligence: 0.5/5
The bank was also assessed on its responses to instances of alleged human rights violations linked to its finance, raised by civil society organisations, for which it received an average score of 0.6/3. See the Response Tracking section of this profile for more details.
Banks and Nature
Royal Bank of Canada’s policies for forest-risk sectors (beef, soy, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber and timber) have been assessed by the Forests & Finance coalition, achieving an overall score of 2.8 out of 10 and ranking it as a follower. Royal Bank of Canada achieved a score of 1.9 out of 10 specifically for its policies related to the beef sector and 1.9 out of 10 for its policies related to the palm oil sector. Between 2016 and 2022, Royal Bank of Canada provided USD 71 million in credit to companies operating in these forest-risk sectors and held investments amounting to USD 63 million as of 2022. For more information, see the links below.
Forest & Finance Policy Assessment 2022: Overall scores
The policy assessment covers the main forest-risk commodity sectors (Beef, Palm Oil, Soy, Timber, Pulp and Paper, and Rubber). Weighted scores are based on the scope of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)' relevant policies, taking into account different types of financing and the sectors in which the bank is active. Details about the scores per sector policy can be found on Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)' profile
A bank can obtain a total of 10 points for the quality of its policies. The total score is based on their scores per sector, weighted against their financing and investment for each sector. For further details on this see here. Based on their overall score, banks are then classified as Laggards, Followers, Front runners or Leaders, as follows: