More proof that banking has become the wild wild West: Wachovia wed Wells Fargo at the end of 2008 to create North America’s most extensive financial services company with some $1.3 trillion in assets and 6,650 branches from coast to coast. The deal integrated Wachovia’s network of branches focused in eastern and southern states and gave California-based Wells Fargo a presence along the US East Coast. The banking powerhouse now is the fourth largest in the US reaching customers in some 40 states. The merger also included Wachovia’s retail brokerage Wachovia Securities, its Evergreen Investment Management, which offers mutual funds, as well as Wachovia’s capital and wealth management unit.
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Wachovia recognized the importance of sustainability and environmental responsibility. The bank took steps to reduce its carbon footprint by implementing energy-efficient practices in its operations and promoting responsible lending practices in the real estate sector. Additionally, Wachovia supported renewable energy projects and invested in environmentally friendly initiatives, contributing to the broader goal of mitigating climate change and promoting a sustainable future. In terms of social impact, Wachovia played a significant role in various communities across the United States. The bank engaged in philanthropic efforts, funding numerous initiatives related to education, affordable housing, and community development. Wachovia also emphasized diversity and inclusion within its workforce, promoting equal opportunities for employees from diverse backgrounds and actively participating in programs aimed at fostering economic empowerment in underserved communities. From a governance perspective, Wachovia implemented robust corporate governance practices that emphasized transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior. These practices were designed to maintain the trust of customers, shareholders, and regulators. The bank also adhered to regulatory guidelines and industry standards, striving for excellence in governance to ensure the stability and reliability of its financial services.