Reflecting on 2017, I feel proud of the work Bank of the West has done to strengthen communities and enhance the services we provide to individuals and businesses.
We have invested in improved digital capabilities to deliver faster and more convenient service; we are giving our clients more access to the innovative solutions and international reach of our parent company, BNP Paribas; and, we are building upon our tradition of community commitment by taking bold steps to make a positive impact on society.
This Annual Report is one of our ways of sharing the many achievements that demonstrate our deep dedication to our stakeholders–employees, customers, communities, and society.
In addition to being a strong financial partner for our customers, we have a responsibility to cultivate a collaborative and inclusive culture for our team members, to promote healthy neighborhoods, and to serve a higher purpose.
Bank of the West’s impact begins with our people, so we are continuously developing our diverse and talented teams. The passion and expertise of our team members combined with our bank’s financial resources make a difference in cities, towns, and neighborhoods we serve, help fuel economic growth, and contribute to environmental preservation.
In 2017, we partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations supporting low- to moderate-income individuals and families. In this report, you’ll learn how we:
- provide educational programs for young people;
- help job seekers acquire or upgrade their skills and build careers;
- support entrepreneurs and small business owners with loans and technical assistance;
- encourage environmental awareness and conservation; and
- fund public programs that promote access to the arts.
Our employees volunteered thousands of hours in the communities where they live and work. They taught financial literacy, mentored small business owners, offered job-skills coaching, and served on nonprofit boards.
At a time when people demand more from companies, we will continue to take action to improve people’s lives, support communities, and ensure that we have a positive impact on society.
President and CEO
September 14, 2018