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Signature Bank Announces Support of Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Company Release - 09/07/2022

Bank Also Engages in Initiatives to Measure and Report Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), a New York-based, full-service national commercial bank, announced today that effective August 2022, it became an official supporter of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board, The TCFD has developed a framework to help public companies and other organizations disclose climate-related risks and opportunities.

By joining the roughly 3,400 TCFD supporters, Signature Bank is demonstrating greater transparency through climate risk disclosures. Ultimately, this will allow stakeholders to better assess the impact of risks associated with climate change in comparison to Signature Bank’s business model.

Following the publication of Signature Bank’s 2021 Social Impact Report, the institution is building on its momentum over the past year to align with industry-standard frameworks to assist in increasing transparency with regard to improving the communities in which it operates. As part of its efforts, Signature Bank engaged a management consulting firm, specializing in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) to advise on company-wide ESG strategies, including implementation of TCFD’s guidelines.

Throughout the past several years, Signature Bank has continuously increased its commitment to ESG disclosures. To this end, in response to shareholders’ call for greater transparency, the Bank shared information through the lens of the Sustainability Accounting Standard Board (SASB) framework for the first time in its 2021 Social Impact Report.

As part of this ongoing commitment, the Bank is also announcing today its intent to disclose Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions (produced from its own operations), as well as diversity data from its 2022 EEO-1 report.

“Since our inception 21 years ago, this institution has been focused on ensuring its lending practices and all we do positively impacts the communities we serve. The adoption of our purpose statement, ’Looking Forward. Giving Back.,’ is our way of articulating these core values, including transparency for all stakeholders,” explained Scott Shay, Signature Bank Co-founder and Chairman of the Board. “Given our rapid rate of growth during the past two years, we are making significant headway as evidenced by the TCFD-designed disclosures to better inform our investors, clients and colleagues about the Bank’s dedication to climate-focused initiatives,” he concluded.

“The TCFD recommendations are structured around themes that we as an institution are already focused on improving,” said Lisa Bond, Chief Social Impact Officer and Senior Vice President. “Our commitment and strategy around ESG initiatives affords us a strong foundation to build on as we begin this journey towards climate-related financial disclosure. We believe implementing the TCFD guidelines will benefit all our shareholders, colleagues and other stakeholders, and our clients can now take comfort in knowing the company caring for their finances shares a similar commitment to the environment.”

To learn more about Signature Bank’s accomplishments and plans in this area in 2021, 2022 and the years ahead, review its fact sheet on the investor relations section of the Bank’s website here.

About Signature Bank

Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), member FDIC, is a New York-based, full-service national commercial bank with 38 private client offices throughout the metropolitan New York area, as well as in Connecticut, California, North Carolina, and Nevada. Through its single-point-of-contact approach, the Bank’s private client banking teams primarily serve the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers.

The Bank has two wholly owned subsidiaries: Signature Financial, LLC, provides equipment finance and leasing; and Signature Securities Group Corporation, a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC, offers investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services.

Since commencing operations in May 2001, Signature Bank reached $116 billion in assets and $104.12 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2022. Signature Bank placed 19th on S&P Global’s list of the largest banks in the U.S., based on deposits as of year-end 2021.

Signature Bank was the first FDIC-insured bank to launch a blockchain-based digital payments platform. Signet™ enables commercial clients to make real-time payments in U.S. dollars, 24/7/365, and was also the first solution to be approved for use by the New York State Department of Financial Services.

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Investor Contact:
Brian Wyremski, Senior Vice President and Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development

Media Contact:
Susan Turkell Lewis, 646-822-1825

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