OVER the past decade, Abanca bank has grown into one of Spain’s most influential financial institutions — in asset volume and community contributions. From its Galician base, it manages a network of 700 offices and 4,800 employees throughout Spain and nine other countries in Europe and the Americas. As well as providing financial services, Abanca connects with communities near and far through initiatives and partnerships. As a founding signatory of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Banking, it follows a CSR strategy that goes beyond compliance to foster social improvement and sustainable growth. It supports renewable energy projects, offers socially responsible mutual funds and sponsors educational and cultural activities. The BV judging panel gives Abanca a stamp of approval with the 2020 award for Best Banking CSR (Spain).