Environmental Policy Framework

Goldman Sachs believes that a healthy environment is necessary for the well-being of society, our people and our business, and is the foundation for a sustainable and strong economy.

Goldman Sachs recognizes that diverse, healthy natural resources - fresh water, oceans, air, forests, grasslands, and agro-systems - are a critical component of social and sustainable economic development. Forests are particularly important for the environment and biodiversity. They are vital to water and air quality, and help regulate climates. Forests are home to thousands of wildlife species, and, at the same time, represent a natural source of timber. The key challenge for society is to manage the competing human demands on land, soil and vegetation without undermining crucial ecosystem functions.

We take seriously our responsibility for environmental stewardship and believe that as a leading global financial institution we should play a constructive role in helping to address the challenges facing the environment. To that end, we will work to ensure that our people, capital and ideas are used to help find effective market-based solutions to address climate change, ecosystem degradation and other critical environmental issues, and we will seek to create new business opportunities that benefit the environment. We will work to identify policy measures that are creative, meaningful and provide real solutions to environmental problems while recognizing the importance of economic growth in contributing to the alleviation of poverty. In pursuing these objectives we will not stray from our central business objective of creating long-term value for our shareholders and serving the long-term interests of our clients.

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