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Sustainability at IBKR

Sustainability at
Interactive
Brokers

For decades, Interactive Brokers has thrived on supporting our customers with the best investment technology and market data to enable meaningful financial investment experiences. We recognize that our ability to continue to innovate for our customers is due to the unwavering commitment of our people. Sustainability to us means continually improving how we advance our business responsibly through the support of our people, customers, communities, and environment globally.

Our Commitment

We recognize the importance of ESG in supporting our sustainability vision.

Our Actions

Our Action

We are committed to advancing our sustainability goals and are focusing on several key projects.

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Our People

Our People

We have added key workplace benefits that allow our staff to spend more time with their loved ones and focus on wellness.

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Our Products

Our Products

Over the last two years, we have significantly expanded our suite of ESG investing and trading products.

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Our Community

Our Community

We have made significant donations to support health and community initiatives.

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Our Carbon Footprint

Our Carbon Footprint

We have procured renewable sources of energy for 18 of our offices and data centers, which represents 40% of our operational footprint.

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Press and Media

Press and Media

Sustainable management and sustainable investing are very different endeavors. See the latest about how we practice one and offer access to the other.

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Our Actions

  • We have created a dedicated ESG department to oversee our growing sustainability programs and ESG initiatives.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are essential to us, and we continue to focus on strategic initiatives to expand diverse talent across all levels.
  • Post-pandemic, we continue to strengthen our corporate governance and risk management processes, through the expansion of personnel, systems and technology.
  • We have strengthened our procurement processes by the addition of a dedicated procurement department to ensure responsible sourcing and supply chain activity.
  • We have expanded our global regulatory monitoring to include upcoming changes to existing laws, rules and reporting requirements, including ESG draft legislation, allowing us to prepare appropriate tools and responses to the rapidly changing ESG regulatory landscape.
  • We have developed and continue to deploy a comprehensive and coordinated Enterprise Risk Management Framework, designed to support effective identification, assessment, management, monitoring and reporting of both financial and non-financial risks across the organization.

Our Products

Over the last two years, we have significantly expanded our suite of ESG investing and trading products by creating new award-winning tools, and by adding ESG features to existing ones. Clients can now view their investments through multiple lenses — financial, ESG and "impact" — fueled by a richer set of data to make more informed investment decisions. IBKR ESG products include the IMPACT app,1 the Impact Dashboard and ESG Scores.

Several core IBKR products also now incorporate ESG components, including Fundamentals Explorer, PortfolioAnalyst and Model Marketplace.

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IMPACT App on Smartphone

Our People

IBKR Governance

Our ESG Board Committee works closely with Board-level directors to set our firm’s sustainability strategy, including the creation of sustainable products and raising our ESG profile.

In addition to supporting our current team, we also place great emphasis on attracting diverse candidates.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (“DEI”)

  • Employee Resource Groups: We believe in the importance of workplace DEI and have established several employee resource groups that support women and minorities along their personal and professional paths at the Company.
  • Talent Acquisition: Our recruiting process is an essential part of our DEI initiatives. We have recently completed extensive research on emerging communities with technology and software engineering talent aligned with our growing client markets.
  • Employee Engagement: As part of our Company’s engagement, inclusion and belonging initiatives post-pandemic, we have recently launched a global mentoring program and we continue to sponsor several wellness events at our offices around the world.

Human Capital and Social Initiatives

We strive to create a workplace that allows our employees to thrive within a healthy, engaged and empowered work environment that fosters the achievement of our company-wide objectives.

In support of our employees and their overall well-being, we recently added new benefits for our employees in the U.S, such as a new parental leave policy that increases paid leave time for same sex, opposite sex and domestic partnership couples; enhanced benefits related to childbearing and adoption for employees; childcare support through a third party provider; healthcare travel reimbursement; and leadership coaching and training for new managers globally.

Our Community

Community Support Initiatives

We contribute to the communities in which we operate, and over the last few years have donated to many groups. Our contributions have included providing food and support for people affected by the Coronavirus, advancing Coronavirus medical solutions and supporting Ukrainian refugees.

For the full press release on IBKR’s response to Covid-19, click here

Our Carbon Footprint

Sustainable Practices

We have taken steps to reduce our global carbon footprint and implement sustainable practices for our offices and data centers. Our new greenhouse gas ("GHG") inventory process includes data collection from our offices and data centers; water and waste management; and equipment recycling. We have also procured renewable power sources for 18 of our offices and data centers, representing about 40% of our operational footprint.

In the News

July – Business Insider – The 8 best socially responsible investment apps of July 2022

The article features IMPACT by Interactive Brokers as one of the 8 best socially responsible investing apps of July 2022 and the best for ESG investing.

The IBKR Lite pricing plan is only available to clients in the U.S. Cryptocurrency trading is available to eligible clients served by IB LLC through Paxos Trust Company.

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April – Business Insider – IMPACT app review: Choose from 13 socially responsible investing categories

The article reviews IMPACT by Interactive Brokers highlighting numerous features including the ability to select from 13 IMPACT values, as well as access to commission-free stocks and ETFs and fractional shares investing.

The IBKR Lite pricing plan is only available to clients in the U.S. Cryptocurrency trading is available to eligible clients served by IB LLC through Paxos Trust Company.

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March – Benzinga – Here’s How Interactive Brokers’ IMPACT App Lets You Reduce Carbon Footprints

The article covers the launch of Carbon Offsets, a new feature available through IMPACT, Interactive Brokers’ mobile trading app developed for socially conscious investors.

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Disclosure

Links posted to the “IBKR in the News” webpage are published by third parties and not by Interactive Brokers. These third-party sources are independent and Interactive Brokers does not make any representations or warranties concerning the accuracy of the information provided by these third parties. By linking to third-party websites, Interactive is not recommending that you subscribe to that particular news source.

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Disclosures
  1. The IMPACT application is a product of Interactive Brokers LLC that allows clients to generate analysis of their IBKR brokerage accounts using environmental, social, and governance ("ESG") data provided by unaffiliated third-party data providers along with proprietary in-house algorithms and trade and account data contained in IBKR's systems. For more information, please see the "Interactive Brokers LLC Disclosure regarding Use of IMPACT and ESG Dashboard and IMPACT Application".

    The projections or other information generated by IMPACT app regarding the likelihood of various investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results and are not guarantees of future results. Please note that results may vary with use of the tool over time.