The logo of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has gone through a single subtle modification over its 30-year history. The update made it look more modern.

Meaning and history

EBRD Logo history


EBRD Logo 1991

The design looked pretty much the same except for the typography. The font in the previous EBRD logo was a serif one, which made it seem slightly dated in comparison with the current version.
Also, on the primary logo, the name of the bank used to be positioned below the emblem, not to the right.



In addition to the full name of the bank, the EBRD logo features an emblem in blue and white. While the emblem is pretty abstract and does not represent a specific object, it conveys its message using the language of symbols.

For instance, the two white rings are joined like links in a chain, which go well with EBRD’s mission as a developmental investment bank. This symbol represents joined forces, collaboration, repair of an essential link that gives a chance for further development.

While the shape of the logo is not exactly a circle but rather an ellipse, it still reminds the globe. This is one of the ways to suggest a global reach. Originally, EBRD worked with the countries of the former Eastern Bloc, today it has spread its reach to over thirty countries.

To the left of the emblem, there is the full name of the company. The words “European Bank” form the first line. The glyphs are larger than those used for the second line, due to which they are better legible.


Despite its generic style, the font in the current European Bank for Reconstruction and Development logo perfectly does its job. It is legible even at smaller sizes and creates a serious business mood.

EBRD Emblem

Company overview

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was established in 1991 with the mission of building market economies. As a tool for this purpose, it uses the investment. The company is headquartered in London.

Members of the EBRD are from different corners of the globe, from North America to Africa and Australia. While the bank belongs to around 70 countries, the major shareholder is the US. The bank only lends to its countries of operations.