The way we do business

Finance and banking can play a critical role as a key enabler of social and economic progress when done in the right way – creating inclusive prosperity.


We consider how our day-to-day decisions impact on broader society and how we can create innovative products, services and solutions that deliver societal and business value – not one or the other.

Barclays has always played a part in driving economic growth and societal progress. And today, we see increasing opportunity to play a pivotal role in fostering innovation and facilitating inclusive, shared growth for all – now and as we develop the future of banking.

Our Shared Growth Ambition is underpinned by the way we do business. We continue to have performance targets– reducing our carbon emissions by 30% by 2018, ensuring that we pay our suppliers on time and that our colleagues attest to our global Code of Conduct.

Further information

  • Barclays has joined with Thomson Reuters to explore some of the issues including managing risk, ensuring effective delivery of goods and services, and releasing a key stream of working capital.

  • Attract, enable and develop a diverse workforce.

  • This report explores how you can make your business more accessible and inclusive for customers and colleagues, through best practice business case studies.

  • How you can make your business more accessible and inclusive for customers and colleagues?

  • Can you confidently say that you’ve taken an active interest in your company’s most recent supply chain audit?

  • The Inclusive Innovators: 10 Questions | 20 Business Leaders | 17 Sustainable Development Goals - Applies the strategies, lessons, and insights from these companies to identify ways in which businesses can leverage the SDGs to join sustainable business with sustainable development.

  • Mike Ashley, Non-executive Director at Barclays contributed to the development of guidance for Board Directors on how to ensure their company is fulfilling its responsibility to respect human rights and meet the expectations of the UN Guiding Principles.

  • The Barclays Lens features as a case study in this report which examines corporate incentive structures and extent to which they encourage or deter bad behaviour. Published in 2016.

  • The Thun Group, an informal group of European banks who are reviewing the implications of the UN Guiding Principles for Human Rights and Business for the financial sector. Published in 2013.

  • SustainAbility is a think tank and strategic advisory firm that for over 25 years has catalyzed and supported business leadership on sustainability. Barclays features as a case study. Published in 2016.

  • Authored by Intrapreneur Lab founder Milan Samani and Robert J. Thomas, the article explores Barclays Social Innovation Facility and intrapreneurship. Published in 2016.