2020 Environmental, Social, Governance Report
Rooted in Responsibility
For our people, our community, our island home
Strong Core Values Steer ESG
The people of our island home understand the importance of looking out for one another as individuals and as part of the community over the long term. Taking responsibility—kuleana—in our environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has always been a part of Bank of Hawaii’s focus. It includes adhering to sound, ethical principles while nurturing relationships with individuals, government and business leaders, plus the broader community, to meet evolving needs and create conditions for people to flourish over time. These principles are reflected in how we manage and develop our people, the products and services we offer, and the investments we make in creating a sustainable and resilient economy. We know that our success as a company is intertwined with the success of the individuals, families and businesses we have served for generations.
Headquartered on the most isolated landmass on Earth in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Bank of Hawaii’s focus on environmental sustainability is part of its measures for longterm success. We understand that true sustainability needs environmental action, including shifting to a low-carbon future, investing in sustainable services, and innovations in infrastructure. We are continually improving operations to proactively find more efficient and more effective ways to use natural resources, reduce waste, and create a more sustainable workplace to help offset the negative impacts of climate change.
Sound governance and effective management are integral to our success. Our Board of Directors directs new initiatives, and our leadership team helps oversee and put them into action both in the workplace and in the communities we serve. Our board and senior management set the tone by providing effective leadership and rigorous oversight.
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Our commitment to investing in our people and strengthening our island community is part of our intrinsic kuleana. It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s part of who we are. Because we know our success is interconnected with one another, we are committed to strengthening our island communities through sponsorships, volunteerism, charitable support, board participation, financial education, employee giving and more.