BBVA in 2013

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The most relevant awards and recognitions received are outlined below:

  • BBVA Compass was the winner of the 2013 Best in Mobile Functionality Award at the 6th annual Mobile Banking Financial Institution Awards of Javelin Strategy & Research. Javelin’s scorecard compares the 25 top retail financial institutions in the U.S. in a number of areas such as: mobile banking functionality, mobile banking accessibility, mobile banking tablet ratings, mobile banking smartphone ratings, text banking and alert platforms. The award recognizes the range that the Bank offers in mobile banking, which is one of the most comprehensive on the market.
  • American Banker has chosen the BBVA Compass mobile banking app as one of the 10 most advanced banking applications in terms of functions, design and ease of use. The magazine also noted that the Bank is already offering the second generation app for iPad and was one of the first to offer an app for Amazon Kindle Fire.
  • Celent, an international consultancy group specializing in information technology for the financial services industry, granted the Model Bank Award to BBVA Compass for the implementation of its new core technology platform. Its banking transformation has been praised as a radical change when it was presented. The Bank’s technology upgrade marked one of the first successful core infrastructure replacements for a major U.S. bank in more than a decade.

In the area of corporate responsibility, BBVA Compass has continued to support education, particularly in low-income communities, through its collaboration with NBA Cares, EverFi, the Houston Dynamo and Junior Achievement. In 2013, the initiative NBA Cares “Team. Works. In Schools” presented NBA Legends, through which more than 190 BBVA Compass volunteers gave interactive online lessons in financial literacy via the EverFi platform to over 4,400 students from seven schools. Through the “Business of Sports” program, more than 150 high-school students in Houston benefited from information given by executives from BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo about jobs in the sports management sector and the training and qualifications needed to work in this field. In addition, in September 2013 BBVA Compass sponsored the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights in support of 50 Years Forward, a year-long celebration in Birmingham commemorating the 50th anniversary of what many see as the turning point in the civil rights movement. Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the concert served as a global call to action for communities to work toward equality for all. BBVA Compass also signed a long-term contract to bring renewable energy (solar and wind power) to more than 300 of the Bank’s branches, offices and ATMs in Texas.