A Message from President and CEO
Daniel J. Schrider
I am pleased to share with you Sandy Spring Bank’s first annual Corporate Responsibility Report for 2020.
This report addresses the areas we believe are most critical to our stakeholders to drive value over the long-term, including:
- Ensuring strong governance and a culture of ethics and integrity in all that we do
- Attracting, retaining and developing a diverse, highly skilled workforce where employees feel included, respected and valued
- Supporting the needs of all clients and the communities in which we operate
- Caring for our planet by minimizing our impact on the environment
We have outlined our approach and performance in these core areas and are committed to evolve our reporting to strengthen stakeholder trust in the years ahead.
In many ways, it is fitting for our inaugural report to feature our efforts in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented change and challenges for everyone, but it also brought into clear focus what matters to us: people. Our first priority was to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and their families. In turn, it was inspiring to see all of our employees rally around our clients and our communities to support them through such uncertain times.
I have spent more than 30 years at Sandy Spring Bank, yet the passion our employees have for the people and communities we serve in the greater Washington, D.C., region continues to amaze me. Our passion to serve our neighbors and friends is genuine. Together, we are committed to strengthening our communities through our products and services, our community investment, and our environmental efforts. All of this, I am confident, will lead to a brighter tomorrow.
Our founders had a vision for a local bank that would serve the interests of everyone in the community. This remains our guidepost today, and it is why our leaders have always prioritized the stewardship of the organization and a culture that values people, the highest standards of ethics and integrity, and giving back.
It has been our honor at Sandy Spring Bank to serve this region for more than 150 years – and we will continue to work hard to earn that right.
To my more than 1,200 colleagues at Sandy Spring Bank, thank you for all that you do for our clients and each other; it is a privilege to serve alongside you. To our Board of Directors, thank you for your continued guidance and leadership. And to our clients, shareholders and community partners, thank you for putting your trust in us.