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Citigroup CEO: Bank will cut off some clients to meet climate goals

December 08, 2021

Wall Street Journal ($):

Citigroup Inc. Chief Executive Jane Fraser, speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit Tuesday, said the bank will have to cut off some clients to meet its climate goals.

Ms. Fraser said the bank is going industry by industry to determine how to fulfill a pledge she made on her first day as CEO in March to have its entire financing portfolio achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The bank has said it would release the plans and goal posts in the next year.

Citigroup will first outline its plans for how to respond to clients in the energy industry. The bank will consider the project the client is launching, the commitments the client has made to greening itself and how important the client is to Citigroup.

“At the end of the day that will mean there are some choices as to which clients we will be serving and which ones we won’t be,” Ms. Fraser said. “One-size-fits-all won’t work for that.”

[David Benoit]

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