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Our Environmental, Social & Governance Approach

Stephen J. Squeri

“Throughout our company’s 170-year history, one thing has remained constant: Our strength comes from the impact we can make on people’s lives – or what we call the powerful backing of American Express.

I am confident we are well-positioned to help build the sustainable, inclusive, prosperous future we want to see for our company, our colleagues, our customers, and our communities.”

- Stephen J. Squeri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



Our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report


ESG 2021
ESG Report Cover

Our 2020-2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report outlines our new ESG Strategy Roadmap focused on three core pillars: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), Building Financial Confidence, and Advancing Climate Solutions with new long-term goals and initiatives.

For a summary of the ESG Report, please see our 2020-2021 ESG Report Announcement.

Download the Full 2020-2021 ESG Report


Our new goals include our commitment to net-zero emissions globally by 2035 with $10M in new philanthropic funding to support initiatives addressing climate change through 2025, maintain 100% pay equity across genders globally and across races and ethnicities in the US, and provide at least 5 million individuals with tools, resources, and educational content to improve financial well-being through 2025. We also include first-time disclosures on “raw median pay gap” and additional diversity representation data.

This report follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) reporting guidelines. Please see our GRI Content Index, SASB Index, and TCFD Index, which can also be found in the Appendix of or 2020-2021 ESG Report.

Our ESG Mission

Back people and businesses to thrive and create equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities globally

Our ESG Strategy Pillars

Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce, marketplace, and society

Build Financial Confidence

Provide responsible, secure, and transparent products and services to help people and businesses build financial resilience

Advance Climate Solutions

Enhance our operations and capabilities to meet customer and community needs in the transition to a low-carbon future

ESG Goals & Objectives

Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Build Financial Confidence

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Advance Climate Solutions

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