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Driving Sustainability Through Business

JPMorgan Chase strives to be a thoughtful financial partner by working to help raise the bar on environmental and social performance, and enabling our clients to more effectively manage risk while capitalizing on new sustainable opportunities globally.

In a world facing rapid population growth, water scarcity, a changing climate and other resource-related challenges, long-term economic growth depends on meeting society's energy, infrastructure, food and other needs in ever more sustainable ways.

Environmental and Social Risk Management

Understanding our clients' environmental and social performance is an important element of how we assess and manage risk. The consequences of failing to appropriately manage environmental and social issues can directly impact our reputation, our clients' operations and long-term economic viability, and the communities and environment in which we and our clients operate.

JPMorgan Chase has a robust, multifaceted approach to assess and manage potential environmental and social risk in certain types of transactions and across industry sectors. The firm has a dedicated team of experts that evaluate potential environmental and social risk associated with certain corporate lending, debt and equity underwriting, and advisory transactions. In some cases, these efforts involve engagement with clients to discuss industry best practices and ways to strengthen performance.

JPMorgan Chase is a signatory to various internationally-recognized principles that help guide our efforts on environmental and social risk management. Please visit the Memberships & Commitments page for more information.

Financing Sustainable Solutions

We believe there is tremendous potential for energy efficiency, renewable energy and other technologies to help address a range of sustainability challenges. We provide a full suite of advisory, underwriting and lending capabilities for clients who are working across a wide range of sectors and geographies to develop and implement solutions that help meet critical sustainability needs.

We leverage our experience as an early principal investor in the impact investing market, and continue to manage a portfolio of investments intended to help generate a positive impact on low-income and underserved populations while earning a financial return.

More information about our environmental and social risk management efforts and sustainable business financing can be found in our Environmental and Social Policy Framework and annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Sustainability in Our Operations
We Strive to Manage Our Footprint in an Efficient and Sustainable Manner, and Continually Improve Our Performance

As a global financial services institution, our direct environmental impacts stem primarily from the operation of our office buildings, bank branches and data centers. The majority of our buildings are located in the U.S., but we also maintain offices and infrastructure to serve our clients throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa


Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

We take a range of actions to consume energy as efficiently as possible and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which include: applying best practices throughout our global operations; purchasing and installing renewable energy; and purchasing Verified Emission Reduction credits to offset all GHG emissions associated with employee air travel.

Renewable Energy:

We are experimenting with the incorporation of renewable energy and other advanced technology systems at some of our facilities. For example, we have installed solar photovoltaic arrays totaling over 1 megawatt of generating capacity at a number of our data centers and retail bank branches in the U.S. We also support the generation of clean energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates.

Green Buildings:

Our approach to property management at our office buildings, bank branches and data centers is focused on the efficient use of energy, water and materials, and the application of green building practices. In 2011, we completed the renovation of our world headquarters in New York City and achieved LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. We have also earned the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star label for over 4 million square feet of our building portfolio.

Sustainable Paper Use:

We use paper across our business for a range of purposes, from internal document printing and copying to customer-facing statements and marketing materials. Our priorities are to maximize the purchase of sustainably certified paper, encourage efficient paper use, and manage effective paper recycling programs.

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