Human Rights

Our commitments to respect human rights

At Scotiabank, respect for human rights is fundamental to the way we do business and is part of our core values across all of our business activities and operations. As a leading bank in the Americas and guided by our purpose, for every future, we have chosen to adopt a Human Rights Statement at the highest level of our organization.

Scotiabank's Human Rights Statement

Download Scotiabank’s Full Human Rights Statement | pdf: 153 KB

Impact stories

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Supporting transgender people on the journey to their authentic selves

For trans people, the process of becoming their authentic selves can be a long one, which for some people may involve gender affirming health care. 

It can also be a costly journey, with procedures such as voice surgery not covered under government health plans.  

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Regaining control of finances gives survivors of human trafficking a better chance at recovery 

Listening to survivors is something Cynthia Bland has been doing and advocating for, for at least 10 years. Bland, a survivor of child sexual abuse and exploitation, knows what it is like not to have a voice. It took her more than 40 years to find hers and disclose she was sexually abused from the age of five.

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Innovation Spotlight: Financial-crime-fighting team balances innovation and risk

Scotiabank’s financial-crime-fighting team is making a significant social impact on the global stage. Its work in anti-money laundering has helped identify often-hidden crimes like human trafficking, child exploitation, and tax evasion within Canada and across borders: “Scotiabank takes an innovative  approach to fighting financial crime,” said Stuart Davis, EVP and Group Chief AML Officer, Financial Crimes Risk Management.