Global Leader

Carlos Hank González is not just a leading Mexican businessman as chairman of Banorte. He is an advocate for Mexican business.

And his support not only has been focused at home but also has expanded internationally – a combination centered on what he has called all people’s dreams for a better life. “And as we have always done, we are going to promote it.”

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In 2019, Carlos Hank González represented Latin American banks on a panel at the United Nations, where he became a founding signatory to the Principles for Responsible Banking. The principles are designed for banks to align all their decisions with social, environmental and ethical goals.

And in 2020, amid the challenges of the global pandemic, he said world economic recovery should be based on sustainable development, with the financial sector playing a key role in environmental, social and governance (ESG) dimensions.

“Banks have to be part of that recovery, but we are going to have to transform ourselves and stop doing business as usual. We should consider working with all our stakeholders and understanding that the context has changed. For a true recovery to take place, it must be sustainable,” he said.

We are going to have to transform ourselves and stop doing business as usual.




CARLOS HANK GONZÁLEZ represented Latin American banks on a panel at the United Nations

Staying grounded in Mexico with a global vision has long underscored Banorte’s business ethos.

Among other initiatives, he joined the call of a group of 390 global investors representing $22 trillion in assets, for the leaders of the G20 to maintain their commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Banorte believes that social, environmental and climate risks should be factored into every business decision, Carlos Hank González said, and “we want to make sure that our employees, clients and peers are all aware of their importance.”

He also has been a strong backer for Mexico’s participation in multi-lateral trade agreements. In 2017-18, he supported a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In 2019, he led the Banorte Forum, entitled “The Social Challenge of Banking.” In it, the bank asserted that, amid pressing challenges of poverty and exclusion, “businesses must assume greater commitment to our people, to our communities and to our country.”

And in 2020, to mark the completion that summer of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), he traveled to Washington with a group of 20 Mexican business leaders from the automotive, telecommunications and media, transportation, technology, energy and financial industries on a mission backed by the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

That outreach reflects not just his service as a leader for his businesses but also his drive to improve economic conditions of all businesses in Mexico and to demonstrate that global collaboration will forge the way toward greater peace and prosperity.