Nationwide Building Society

Swindon, United Kingdomwww.nationwide.co.uk/
Invested through
  • Triodos Sterling Bond Impact Fund
Asset ClassesCorporate bonds
Impact strategyImpact Equities and Bonds
ISIN codeXS1405807592
Aligned with SDGs
  • No poverty
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality

Founded in 1846, Nationwide Building Society provides residential mortgages, current and savings accounts, loans, credit cards, insurance policies and investment services to retail customers in the United Kingdom.
In 2020, the company’s total investments amounted to USD125.5 billion of which 74% were allocated to fixed maturity securities, 13% mortgage loans, short-term investments, 1% real estate, 8% other investments. The company also offers commercial and specialist property loans. Nationwide is a mutual society, owned by members rather than shareholders.

Investment rationale

Nationwide Building Society (Nationwide) is among the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United Kingdom. The building society supports the social housing sector and offers favourable lending conditions for green home improvements as well as for buying new-build energy efficient homes. The company includes environmental factors such as energy performance in the evaluation of property.

Both on the funding and on the assets/revenue side, Nationwide Building Society is very focused on the real economy. It provides loans to First Time Buyers, which the bank intentionally targets to generate positive social impact. Measures are taken to facilitate access to funding for these borrowers and the bank takes steps to measure its reach in this field. Nationwide focuses on mortgages and savings, after recently simplifying its product offering. It offers a rather broad range of products and services to be inclusive, including low barrier savings accounts, facilities to help people with disabilities, and accessibility technologies for online banking.