ANZ Adopts the Equator Principles

Sydney, Australia - 15 December 2006

ANZ has monitored the progress of the Equator Principles since its inception in 2003 and we are pleased that our policies and processes are now sufficiently advanced that we are able to formally adopt the Equator Principles effective 15 December 2006.

To support our implementation of the Principles, we have developed our own social and environment policies that are being applied across all of our lending and investment decisions, including Project Finance activities in developing countries which are the focus of the Equator Principles.

Our objective is to go further with the intent of the Equator Principles through the development of a whole-of-business approach including all business relationships, products and geographies. Full text of the Statement (815k)


JPMorgan Chase Re-adopts Equator Principles

New York - 4 December 2006

JPMorgan Chase has re-adopted Equator Principles, a set of internationally recognized, voluntary project finance guidelines that establish social and environmental standards in the banking industry. For JPMorgan Chase this is an extension of the commitment it made in 2005 to adopt the Equator Principles as part of its broader environmental commitment.


E+Co Adopts Equator Principles

Bloomfield, New Jersey - 30 October 2006

E+Co, the leading provider of services and capital to modern energy enterprises in developing countries, continued its tradition of socially and environmentally responsible business practices by joining 40 other international financial institutions in adopting the Equator Principles.

"For more than ten years E+Co has embraced the concepts that underpin the Equator Principles", said Phil LaRocco, E+Co Executive Director. "We are pleased to join with so many fine financial institutions in formally adopting these principles. Our mission is to empower energy enterprises. Our developing country entrepreneurs establish sustainable enterprises to improve the livelihoods of their local communities, in ways that are sound from a business, societal and environmental perspective. The Equator Principles are a natural step for them and for us." Full text of the Statement (265k)