Corporate and social responsibility
The year 2020 has brought extreme hardship for millions of people throughout the United States and the world. Millions are out of work while wealth concentrations have reached new highs. Our already unstable healthcare system is at the brink while the global pandemic is expanding. Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 election, it is clear that the fundamental pillars of our democracy are challenged.
Morgan Stanley’s announcement that they are joining the Partnership For Carbon Accounting (PCAF) is evidence of the gradual shift in the banking sector towards meaningful climate action. It is also a big victory for values based banking and for all those clients and customers who have decided to put their money where their values are.
Amalgamated Bank was disappointed to hear of the Supreme Court’s decision to affirm a Trump Administration order that would allow employers to limit access to contraception under the Affordable Care Act. We joined an amicus brief before the ruling in support of universal access to contraception and condemn this ruling, which will affect an estimated 126,000 women.
Amalgamated Bank believes that Black Lives Matter and that the horrendous death of George Floyd is just the latest example of the explicit racism embedded within our country’s entire criminal justice system. We believe the oppression of Black people must end now.
Amalgamated Bank is urging Congress to act swiftly to support the more than 30 million nonprofits and small businesses that were unable to access the first round of Small Business Administration (SBA) Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans.
Please read the letter Keith Mestrich, President and CEO of Amalgamated Bank, wrote to Dan Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector, about how Amalgamated shares a common mission with Independent Sector to ensure the nonprofit sector is well resourced as they support workers and families devastated by the COVID-19 crisis.
This month we turned 97 years old so we’ve seen our share of up and down times. We’ve navigated through depressions, recessions, world wars, bubbles, artificial highs and some very real lows. But we have never before seen anything like the present. The COVID-19 virus is having a far-reaching effect, not just on our business, but on our families, our communities and our nation’s financial future.