BlackRock in Europe

Our purpose at BlackRock is to help people experience financial well-being. We support our clients, and the people they serve, in saving for the things that are important to them, like retirement, paying for their children’s education, buying homes or starting businesses. And we’ve been doing just that in Europe for more than 25 years, and in more than 25 European countries.

My 1,700 colleagues across Europe have deep local expertise, and they work on a global platform using cutting-edge technology. On behalf of European clients, we invest over 1 trillion euros in a wide spectrum of assets – ranging from tech companies, government bonds to infrastructure opportunities that support the use and production of renewable energy.

That’s how we help people from all walks of life and every part of Europe – teachers, doctors and small business owners – to make smart investments. Investments that aim to deliver robust returns, and also drive innovation, jobs and positive social impact.

At BlackRock, we support initiatives that increase financial market transparency, protect investors and enable European capital markets to grow. We firmly believe we can help create greater financial well-being and prosperity for all Europeans.

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Invested in Europe

Our purpose at BlackRock is to help people experience financial well-being. We support our clients, and the people they serve, in saving for the things that are important to them, like retirement, their children’s education or buying homes. And we’ve been doing just that in Europe for more than 25 years, and in more than 25 European countries.

Christian Hyldahl, Head of Continental Europe at BlackRock

How do we help Europeans experience financial well-being?

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A resilient Europe

A resilient Europe

We contribute to a more resilient European economy

On behalf of European clients, we invest over 1 trillion euros1 in a wide spectrum of assets – ranging from tech companies and government bonds to infrastructure projects that support the growth of renewable energy. These investments contribute to long-term economic growth and resilience in the EU.

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Saving for the future

Saving for the future

We help millions of Europeans build long-term savings

That means meeting expenses today, saving enough for retirement, and being prepared for all of life’s moments in between. We help millions of Europeans save for their retirement by serving 400 pension schemes in Europe, including 8 of the 10 largest providers2. Many Euro Stoxx 50 companies use BlackRock products in their pension plans3.

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Sustainability

Sustainability

We advance sustainable investing in Europe

BlackRock is the largest provider of sustainable funds in Europe4. We offer smart investment solutions that integrate climate and sustainability considerations, and we manage €342 billion5 for our clients across EMEA in solutions that support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Financial inclusion

Financial inclusion

We make investing easier and more affordable for Europeans

At BlackRock, we strive to make investing open to all savers. We brought the first easily accessible Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to Europe and we’re the largest ETF provider on the continent6.

1 BlackRock, as of June 2022
2 BlackRock, as of March 2022
3 BlackRock, as of March 2022
4 Morningstar, July 2022
5 BlackRock, as of June 2022
6 Bloomberg Intelligence

Our commitment to Europe

Europe has been our home for more than 25 years, and our people have always been our greatest asset, bringing unique perspectives and a passion for creating financial well-being for millions of Europeans.

We're fiduciaries, managing our clients’ money with great responsibility to protect and grow their assets over the long-term, in line with their choices.

We're investors, putting to work the hard-earned savings of European people and institutions to build a better financial future for them.

We're technologists, constantly innovating to bring convenience, transparency, and precision to investing.

We're engaged citizens, speaking out for diversity, equity and inclusion as well as working to reduce our environmental footprint in Europe.

1,700
people serving clients in Europe7
20
BlackRock offices in 14 European countries8
73
nationalities in our European offices9
67
languages spoken in our European offices10
45
% of women among our employees in Europe11

7BlackRock, as of December 2021

8BlackRock, as of September 2022

9BlackRock, as of December 2021

10BlackRock, as of December 2021

11BlackRock, as of December 2021

EU policy engagement

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BlackRock supports EU policies that increase market transparency, protect investors, and facilitate responsible growth of European capital markets while preserving consumer choice.

Building deeper, better-connected capital markets in Europe is an important objective to promote investment, achieve the vital goal of the Capital Markets Union (CMU), and help European savers and companies realise their long-term financial objectives.

We believe in the value of open dialogue and transparency on these important issues. Our EU position papers, consultation responses and comment letters are publicly available.

BlackRock is registered under the EU Transparency Register. Find out more about our EU policy engagement.

Our EU policy publications

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Driving positive change in Europe

BlackRock works with public and private organisations as well as nonprofits to drive positive change. Our philanthropic engagement helps Europeans learn new skills, find better jobs and build savings. Together with partners, we mobilise resources to foster economic mobility, financial resilience and environmental sustainability in Europe.
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Our social impact work
The BlackRock Foundation and our employee engagement programs help people build financial security and participate in an inclusive transition to a low-carbon future.
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Breakthrough Energy Catalyst
The BlackRock Foundation committed $100 million to the Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Program to help develop clean energy technologies that will help tackle climate change.
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Tackling employment challenges
We provided $13 million to Generation, a global employment nonprofit that opens up new career opportunities for job seekers, including those in Italy, France and Spain.

Electric vehicles play a key role in the transition towards a net zero future.

We’re putting our clients’ money to work supporting a company creating Europe’s largest, fastest, and greenest EV charging network.

Currently operating over 1,500 charge points in 24 countries across Europe, it aims to increase the number of chargers to 7,000 by 2025.

100% of the charge comes from renewable energy and is delivered from source to socket every 100–200kms.

Making long distance, emission free driving a reality.

This is just one way we’re supporting fully electric travel across European highways.

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Advancing Sustainability

Supporting emission-free driving across European highways

Electric vehicles (EV) play an important role in supporting the net zero transition. We’re putting our clients’ money to work supporting a company creating Europe’s largest, fastest, and greenest EV charging network. From source to socket, we’re on the road to a more sustainable future.

The German government is committed to doubling solar power plant capacity by 2030.

Our clients’ money is helping to enable one of the country’s leading household renewable energy companies to roll out 16,000 new residential rooftop solar assets and battery systems.

Making electricity more affordable to households across many German cities.

Through a 20-year fixed price lease, homeowners will benefit from lower home-running costs versus traditional electricity bills, whilst also helping to reduce carbon emissions.

Helping Germany reach its energy transition targets.

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Advancing Sustainability

Helping Germany create more eco-friendly households

We invest in making electricity more affordable across many German cities. Our clients’ money is helping to enable one of the country’s leading household renewable energy companies to roll out new residential rooftop solar assets and battery systems. Homeowners will benefit from lower home-running costs while reducing carbon emissions.

In the spotlight

Ideas Exchange

Ideas Exchange is BlackRock’s series of roundtables that bring together European policymakers, private sector experts and civil society to discuss pivotal topics for the future of Europe – from the COVID-19 recovery to the EU's long-term transition towards net zero.

Achieving the net zero transition in Europe in a new era of entrenched inflationary pressure has become even more complex in the wake of the Ukraine conflict and the ensuing energy shocks. In this context, we brought together experts from the European Commission and Bruegel to discuss:

The necessary trade-offs between ensuring energy security and managing inflation in the short term and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050

The current geopolitical balancing act which has translated into a transition path that is no longer linear

The investment needed from the European Commission, EU Member States and the private sector to enable a climate-neutral economy in Europe

The policy incentives that should be put in place to ensure a successful transition to net zero

Achieving the net zero transition in Europe in a new era of entrenched inflationary pressure has become even more complex in the wake of the Ukraine conflict and the ensuing energy shocks. In this context, we brought together experts from the European Commission and Bruegel to discuss:

The necessary trade-offs between ensuring energy security and managing inflation in the short term and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050

The current geopolitical balancing act which has translated into a transition path that is no longer linear

The investment needed from the European Commission, EU Member States and the private sector to enable a climate-neutral economy in Europe

The policy incentives that should be put in place to ensure a successful transition to net zero