Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
At Commerce Bank, we believe our success is defined not only by our ability to help people meet their financial challenges, but also by the mark we leave on the world at large. That is why we make ongoing investments in ideas, programs and technology that serve our customers, strengthen our communities and support a healthy environment.
As a socially responsible corporate citizen, we continuously seek opportunities to make a difference. Our community involvement, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and sustainability efforts are all products of a culture formed 150 years ago to be a force for good in our region and our industry. The common denominator behind all these investments is our commitment to meeting people where they are, learning about their needs and building strong and lasting relationships.
In our Corporate Social Responsibility Report, we highlight our efforts to be a valued and trusted financial partner across our footprint, while enriching the lives of our customers, neighbors, shareholders and employees.
Download the 2018-2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report [PDF]1
Building Strong Communities
A bank is a product of the community it serves, a partnership of its customers, employees and shareholders. When the community succeeds, the bank succeeds.
This is a core belief at Commerce Bank. It is why we are committed to bringing value to our customers, supporting our region’s economy and working with others to make our communities better places to live.
Often, that means providing financial support in the form of charitable contributions. Just as often, it means taking a hands-on role ourselves. We look to our leadership, employees and local boards of directors to help identify important community needs and priorities. Then, through board leadership and thousands of volunteer hours, we work to leverage our bank’s stability, expertise and creativity in ways that help produce successful results.
Commerce supports a wide range of charitable organizations, all focused on improving the lives of people in the communities where we are located. As our efforts attest, we believe everyone should have access to economic opportunities, affordable housing, education and the arts. Working alongside our community partners, we are helping to build a strong future for the communities we serve.
For more than 25 years, Commerce Bank has maintained an Outstanding rating from regulators for our Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Compliance. Through regular outreach, we keep our fingers on the pulse of the communities we serve, which enables us to keep current community needs in mind as we develop new products and services. Our CRA commitments are reflected in our extensive banking center and ATM network, our mobile and online banking services and the wide range of affordable products available to community members. View our most recent CRA Public Evaluation.
Investing in a Sustainable Future
When it comes to keeping our planet healthy and clean, we believe we are all on the same big team. From our branches and headquarters, to our operations centers and offices throughout the Midwest, we pay close attention to the impact our business has on the environment. We aim to be as efficient as possible, measuring our consumption and waste each year to ensure we remain mindful stewards of the Earth’s resources.
Learn more about our commitment to sustainability in our corporate social responsibility report.
Our Differences Make the Difference
At Commerce, we believe in the power of collaboration. By working together, we are able to connect our diverse skills and perspectives to innovate new solutions that meet unique customer needs. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment where all 4,900 of our team members feel their voices are heard.
Inviting Diverse Perspectives
We believe our bank is made stronger by employing people who represent diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experience. For that reason, we strive to foster an inclusive environment where all team members feel empowered to speak and be heard. From how we recruit employees to how we engage with them, we have programs dedicated to increasing representation at all levels of our bank and fostering an inclusive environment for all perspectives.
Learn more about our commitment to celebrating an inclusive and diverse workplace in our corporate social responsibility report.
We Act with Integrity
As a financial institution, we take our role as stewards of sensitive information very seriously. We believe that sound corporate governance, risk mitigation and security practices are vital to operating as an ethical and socially responsible business.
Our corporate governance standards help ensure compliance with laws and regulations, and we proactively address potential sources of risk to help prevent issues. We work diligently to mitigate risk in order to continually earn the trust and confidence of our customers, vendors and shareholders. Ultimately, our sense of responsibility helps ensure a better experience for our customers. You can review our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics and Governance Committees’ charters on our website.
Committed to Security
We believe customers are a first line of defense against security risks. Customers are educated on security concerns so that they are better able to identify and avoid fraud and identity theft. They are encouraged to report phishing or other fraud concerns to the bank.
Protecting Customers’ Privacy
The security of our customers’ information is a top priority. We continually improve our security policies, standards, reviews and testing to help ensure customers’ personal information and accounts are protected.
Defense Against Fraud
Today, security threats are ever-increasing in number and sophistication. Getting ahead of emerging fraud schemes is a priority for us. We regularly evaluate, adjust and implement our technologies and programs to ensure the highest level of security possible. As a result, we continue to receive satisfactory reviews and compliance assessments by bank regulators.
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