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Reporting and disclosures

Our approach to environmental and social issues is becoming increasingly integrated in the work we do across our business and is subject to the governance and oversight of our management and Board structures. Reflecting this trend, we took the decision to integrate our ESG report into the 2021 Barclays PLC Annual Report. 

We were one of the founding signatories of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) in 2019 and support further efforts to enhance ESG reporting and advocate for improved consistency across the industry across disclosures and ESG ratings and benchmarks. 

We participate in a range of regional and global industry efforts to promote increased harmonisation on data, taxonomies and disclosures. As reporting standards develop and begin to be implemented across jurisdictions, we will continue to evolve our approach to ESG disclosures in line with regulatory guidance and market practice.

Annual Reports

Our latest and archived Annual Reports are available to view online or download.

  • ESG Disclosures
    2023 Barclays ESG Data Centre (XLS 163KB) Barclays' ESG Data Centre provides access to key ESG-related non-financial metrics in a single place.
    Full Year 2023 Barclays ESG Investor Presentation (PDF 3MB) An overview of initiatives and progress across key ESG priorities.
    2023 Barclays Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) (PDF 362KB) Barclays' disclosure against the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking; a framework for ensuring that signatory banks’ strategy and practice align with the vision society has set out for its future in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
    2023 Barclays Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) (PDF 296KB) Barclays' disclosure against the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; to help connect businesses and investors on the financial impacts of sustainability. The Standards guide disclosure of financially material sustainability information by companies to their investors.  
    2023 Barclays Global Reporting Index (GRI) (PDF 738KB) Barclays' disclosure against the Global Reporting Index; GRI is an international independent standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts.
  • Reporting methodologies
    2023 Barclays ESG Reporting Framework (PDF 318KB) Barclays’ definitions, measurement methodology and controls for key performance metrics for our Climate and ESG-related disclosures including our process for reporting against the UN PRB.
    Barclays Financed Emissions Methodology (2023) (PDF 647KB) Our approach to tracking our financed emissions involves calculating an estimate of our full in-scope balance sheet financed emissions, based on a methodology developed using the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) Standard, and by setting targets for specific activities using our BlueTrack™ methodology.
    Barclays Sustainable Finance Framework (Version 4.1) (PDF 743KB) Barclays’ fourth iteration of its Sustainable Finance Framework, revised for interoperability with Barclays’ Transition Finance Framework. Outlines the methodology and criteria for classifying financing as sustainable for the purpose of tracking and reporting our performance against our $1trillion Sustainable and Transition Financing target. Version 4.1 is effective from 1 January 2024.
    Barclays Sustainable Finance Framework (Version 4) Barclays’ fourth iteration of its methodology and criteria for classifying financing as sustainable for the purpose of tracking and reporting our performance against our sustainable finance commitment targets from 01 January 2023 onwards.
    Barclays Sustainable Finance Framework (Version 3) Barclays’ third iteration of its methodology and criteria for classifying financing as sustainable for the purpose of tracking and reporting our performance against our sustainable finance commitment targets prior to 01 January 2023.
    Barclays Transition Finance Framework (Version 1) (PDF 837KB) Barclays’ first iteration of its methodology and criteria for classifying financing as transition, for the purpose of tracking and reporting our performance against our $1trillion Sustainable and Transition Financing target. Version 1.0 is effective from 1 January 2023.
  • Independent Limited Assurance
    2023 KPMG LLP Barclays PLC Annual Report Limited Assurance Statement (PDF 161KB) A limited independent assurance opinion covering the details of the scope, reporting criteria, respective responsibilities, work performed, limitations and conclusion with respect to our 2023 Barclays PLC Annual Report.
    2023 KPMG LLP UN Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) Limited Assurance Statement (PDF 143KB) A limited assurance opinion covering the details of the scope, reporting criteria, respective responsibilities, work performed, limitations and conclusion with respect to our 2022 UN PRB Report.
    Assurance opinion archive  
    2022 KPMG LLP Barclays PLC Annual Report Limited Assurance Statement (PDF 243KB) A limited independent assurance opinion covering the details of the scope, reporting criteria, respective responsibilities, work performed, limitations and conclusion with respect to our 2022 Barclays PLC Annual Report.
    2022 KPMG LLP UN Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) Limited Assurance Statement (PDF 696KB) A limited assurance opinion covering the details of the scope, reporting criteria, respective responsibilities, work performed, limitations and conclusion with respect to our 2022 UN PRB Report.
    2021 KPMG LLP Limited Assurance Statement A limited independent assurance opinion covering the details of the scope, reporting criteria, respective responsibilities, work performed, limitations and conclusion.
  • Industry collaboration
    Industry collaboration Year joined Description
    Ceres 2019 Barclays has been an active member of the Ceres Company Network since 2019. In 2023 we partnered with Ceres to conduct a stakeholder engagement as a follow up to the research Ceres conducted in 2022 on our Just Transition strategy. We additionally co-hosted a series of Just Transition-focused workshops at both New York Climate Week and COP28.
    Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ)
    2021 In 2023 Barclays contributed to the GFANZ Decarbonization Methodology working group, which at COP28 in December 2023 published a "Technical Review Note on Scaling Transition Finance and Real-economy Decarbonization, a Supplement to the 2022 Net-Zero Transition Plan Report”.
    LSE / Grantham Institute 2021 Barclays joined over 40 financial institutions and stakeholders to form the Financing a Just Transition Alliance in 2021. In 2023 we contributed to stakeholder discussions which resulted in a report titled 'Sowing seeds: How finance can support a just transition in UK agriculture', which was designed to increase understanding across the financial sector of how it can support a just transition in agriculture by mobilising more finance towards companies committed to and making progress to support a ‘just nature transition’. Barclays became a Founding Funder of the Just Transition Finance Lab, launched on 20 February 2024.
    Net-Zero Banking Alliance 2021 Barclays became a founding member of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance in 2021 and contributed to the development of NZBA guidelines throughout 2023. Barclays co-leads the NZBA Autos and Trucking Working Group, which published a white paper on emerging practice in climate target setting for automotive sector financing, and contributed to the NZBA Real-Estate Working Group – which published a similar paper in December 2023.
    Oxford Sustainable Finance Group & the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment 2022 As part of Barclays' three-year partnership with Oxford University, we made progress on developing new datasets and methodologies for measuring emissions in the agriculture sector – which Barclays will leverage moving forward as it enhances its work in this area.
    PRA/FCA Climate Financial Risk Forum 2021 The Climate Financial Risk Forum (CFRF) brings together UK regulators and senior financial sector representatives to share their experiences in managing climate-related risks and opportunities. During 2023, Barclays chaired the Climate Financial Resilience Working Group.
    RMI - Center for Climate Aligned Finance 2022 Barclays became a Strategic Partner of the RMI (formerly Rocky Mountain Institute) Center for Climate-Aligned Finance, which acts as an implementation partner to banks to align their investments with a net-zero future, in 2022. In 2023 we participated in and hosted one of RMI's Alignment Forum in-person workshops, seeking to identify best practices within the financial sector. In Q3 2023 Barclays became a Founding Consortium Collaborator to support the expansion of RMI’s Oil Climate Index plus Gas – a public tool that uses a transparent, standardised methodology to estimate methane and other GHG emissions from equivalent barrels of oil and gas. RMI has currently modelled two thirds of the world’s oil and gas assets. We also joined the joint RMI and UK Finance Transition Finance Alignment Forum.
    Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) 2020 Barclays is a member of the Sustainable Markets Initiative's (SMI) Financial Services Task Force (FSTF). The Sustainable Markets Initiative was launched in 2020 by His Majesty King Charles III, when he was Prince of Wales. Barclays has co-led the Net Zero working group since 2021 and in 2023 co-led the Nature-based Solutions (NbS) working group. We co-hosted a series of FSTF workshops at London Climate Action Week and New York Climate Week contributing towards the launch of the Coastal Nature-based Solutions Practitioner's guide in November 2023.
    The Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials 2020 Barclays has been a member of PCAF since 2020. During 2023 we co-chaired the Capital Markets Working Group of eight global banks – the work from which resulted in the publication of the PCAF Facilitated Emissions Standard (The Standard, Part B), which outlines how financial institutions should account for the emissions associated with the facilitation of capital markets activities.
    United Nations Environment Programme - Finance Initiative 1997 Barclays has been a member of United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) for over 20 years and was a founding signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) as well as joining the Net-Zero Banking Alliance in 2021. From 2021 Barclays Group Head of Sustainability has been a member of the global UNEP FI Banking Board and the European Regional Board, and our CEO joined the Leadership Council in 2022. Throughout 2023 Barclays has contributed to the PRB 2030 process, a strategic project to further develop the UN PRB framework, and participated in the Biodiversity Target Setting Working Group – helping build guidance and inputting on case studies.
    Center for Climate and Energy Solutions 2022 Barclays joined The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) in 2022. In 2023 we collaborated with C2ES on a range of issues, including participating in their technology working group and co-hosting an event at COP28 on supporting the global cleantech momentum.
    Equator Principles 2003 The Equator Principles aim to establish a financial industry benchmark for determining, assessing, and managing environmental and social risk in projects. Barclays was one of the four banks which collaborated in developing the principles, ahead of their launch in 2003, and remains a signatory. Barclays policies and procedures are aligned to the fourth iteration of the Equator Principles (EP4, 2020).
    Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures  2021 Barclays is a member of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Forum, a consultative network of institutional supporters who share the vision and mission of the TNFD. Throughout 2023 we actively provided feedback on the draft TNFD disclosure guidance, which was officially launched in September 2023.
    TPT 2022 In 2023 Barclays contributed to the Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT)'s publication of sector-agnostic and sector-specific guidance documents. This included taking part in the TPT Sandbox, participating in the Banking, Metals & Mining, Food & Beverage, Nature and Just Transition working groups, and providing expert reviews for the Oil & Gas working group.
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development 2021 Barclays became a member of the Banking for Impact on Climate in Agriculture (B4ICA) in 2021 – an initiative convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development that brings together banks and expert partners to develop technical recommendations and practical solutions to align banks’ financial portfolios in the food, agriculture, and land-use space towards net zero and Paris Agreement goals. In 2023 we contributed to B4ICA's 'Foundational Practices for Banks: Base lining, net-zero target-setting and reporting financed emissions across the agriculture and food value chain'.
    UK Business & Biodiversity Forum 2021 Barclays has been a member of the UK Business & Biodiversity Forum (UKBBF) since 2021, a business-to-business hub that supports companies in understanding the value of biodiversity and integrating nature into their value chains and decision-making. In 2023 we engaged with UKBBF to help contribute to building TNFD frameworks 
    The table above does not include Trade Associations - Please see our Public Policy Engagement website
  • Additional resources

     

    About our Financed Emissions Methodology Our approach to tracking our financed emissions involves calculating an estimate of our full in-scope balance sheet financed emissions, based on a methodology developed using the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) Standard, and by setting targets for specific activities using our BlueTrack™ methodology.
    Managing our operational footprint To help support our ambition to be a net zero bank by 2050, Barclays is working to achieve net zero operations.
    Public policy engagement Barclays’ engagement with policymakers, including governments, parliamentarians and industry organisations.
    Diversity, Equity and Inclsuion To strengthen our diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that enables our colleagues, customers, clients and communities to grow
    Supporting our communities Through our global Citizenship programmes, Barclays is helping businesses to create jobs and enabling people to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed now and in the future.
    PPN06 Carbon Reduction Plan (PDF 299KB) Cabinet Office approved Carbon Reduction plan for Barclays participation on the various Crown Commercial Services supplier frameworks.

    Barclays UK resources

    The Barclays Accessibility statement Our accessibility statement is aimed on making banking accessible for all our customers
    Barclays mobile banking vans We’ll be in various locations across the country. Simply enter your postcode to find out if our van is nearby and to book a session.
    Barclays UK Pay Gaps Report (PDF 756KB) As part of Barclays’ commitment to becoming a more inclusive organisation, we know we must address pay gaps where they exist. 
    Postcode lending data Barclays publishes its figures for personal lending, SME lending and mortgages, in accordance with the British Bankers’ Association's methodology.
    UK complaints data Detail on Barclays’ complaint data since 2010.
    UK branch closures This page provides information relating to all upcoming and recent branch closures. These all follow the ‘Access to Banking Standard’, which came into effect in May 2017.

ESG reporting archive

Barclays’ Climate Strategy, Targets and Progress 2022 We committed to give shareholders a ‘Say on Climate’ at the 2022 AGM. This document delivers on that commitment, which gave our shareholders an opportunity to vote to endorse our climate strategy, targets and progress.
Barclays BlueTrack™ WhitePaper - an update on our methodology for reducing our financed emissions (2022) Our previous methodology whitepaper for a complete guide to BlueTrack™.
Barclays Corporate Transition Forecast Model 2021 Barclays' methodology to assess the impact of climate transition scenarios on corporate companies from economic sectors that Barclays considers to be subject to elevated climate risk.
Barclays PLC Climate-related Financial Disclosures Report Barclays PLC Climate-related Financial Disclosures Report 2021
Barclays PLC Climate-related Financial Disclosures Report 2020
Barclays PLC Climate-related Financial Disclosures Report 2019
Barclays PLC Climate-related Financial Disclosures Report 2018
ESG-related disclosures Barclays PLC 2021 ESG report (See pages 51 to 104 of the 2021 Barclays PLC Annual Report)
Barclays PLC 2020 ESG report
Barclays PLC 2019 ESG report
Barclays PLC 2018 ESG report
Barclays PLC 2017 ESG report
Barclays PLC 2016 ESG report
Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) Barclays Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) 2022
Barclays Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) 2021
Barclays Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) 2020 (See the 2020 ESG report)
Barclays Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) 2019 (See the 2019 ESG report)
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Barclays Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) 2022
Barclays Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) 2021
Barclays Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) 2020 (See the 2020 ESG report)
Barclays Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) 2019 (See the 2019 ESG report)
Global Reporting Index (GRI) Barclays Global Reporting Index (GRI) 2022
Barclays Global Reporting Index (GRI) 2021
Barclays Global Reporting Index (GRI) 2020 (See the 2020 ESG report)
Barclays Global Reporting Index (GRI) 2019
Barclays Global Reporting Index (GRI) 2018
Barclays Global Reporting Index (GRI) 2017(See the 2017 ESG report)

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