ABSA adopts Equator Principles

South Africa - 22 October 2009

Absa has confirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability by announcing that the bank has adopted the Equator Principles. This formally qualifies Absa as an Equator Principles Financial Institution (EPFI) and puts the bank in step with the world's top financial institutions, including principal shareholder, Barclays.

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FirstRand Adopts the Equator Principles

South Africa, 13 July 2009

On 13 July 2009, FirstRand adopted the Equator Principles, providing the group with a globally-recognised benchmark for managing environmental and social risk in its project finance transactions. The Equator Principles provide FirstRand Bank Ltd with a globally recognized benchmark for managing environmental and social risk in project financing and FirstRand Bank will be integrating the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards and the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines into their existing lending practices to a more refined degree than it is currently.

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Fortis Bank Nederland Adopts Equator Principles

The Netherlands, 3 August 2009

On 3 August 2009 Fortis Bank Nederland adopted the Equator Principles – a framework to manage environmental and social issues in project finance. FBN will apply the Equator principles to all project finance activities in all industry sectors. After having applied the Equator Principles as part of the Fortis group since 2006, FBN continues to ensure that the projects financed are developed in a socially responsible manner and reflect sound environmental management practices. In adopting the Principles, Fortis Bank Nederland joins 67 other financial institutions worldwide, representing >85% of project finance transactions.


Access Bank Adopts the Equator Principles

Nigeria, 4 June 2009

Access Bank Plc has affirmed its commitment to international best practice and globally acceptable standards by adopting the Equator Principles for its Project Finance. By this, Access Bank becomes the first Nigerian bank to implement the Equator Principles.

The Equator Principles (EP) is a voluntary set of environmental and social benchmarks for managing environmental and social issues in development finance globally. The Principles were initially developed by four private sector banks, Citi, ABN AMRO, Barclays and WestLB, and launched and adopted by 10 banks in June 2003. The Principles are based on the International Finance Corporation (IFC) performance standards on social and environmental sustainability, and on the World Bank Group’s Environmental, Health and Safety general guidelines.

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Banco Santander, S.A. formally adopts the Equator Principles

Spain - 30 April 2009

Banco Santander, S.A. (Banco Santander) announces today that it is formally adopting the Equator Principles for its Project Finance activity. These principles comprise a voluntary commitment and are based on the International Finance Corporation (IFC) performance standards on social and environmental sustainability and on the World Bank Group’s environmental, health and safety general guidelines that are applied globally and across all industry sectors by EPFI banks. Social and environmental criteria will be applied globally to all new project finance lending and advisory activities across all industry sectors, in accordance with the Equator Principles declaration. Banco Santander and its affiliates (Group Santander) are international leaders in Project Finance.

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EFIC Adopts the Equator Principles

Sydney - 3 March 2009

Australia’s export credit agency, EFIC today announced that it has adopted the Equator Principles. The Equator Principles provide a globally recognised benchmark that financial institutions involved in project finance can use in their management of social and environmental risk. EFIC joins financial institutions from 25 countries including two export credit agencies, in adopting the Principles.

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Standard Bank Group Adopts Equator Principles for Project Finance Initiatives

Johannesburg - 2 February 2009

Standard Bank Group today announced that it is an Equator Principles Financial Institution (EPFI), having adopted and integrated all 10 of the Equator Principles which relate to Project Finance. Projects financed by EPFIs are required to be socially responsible and reflect sound environmental management practices.

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Arab African International Bank The First Egyptian Bank to Adopt the ‘Equator Principles’

Cairo - 25 January 2009

Arab African International Bank (AAIB) finds pride in announcing it adopted the Equator Principles (EPs) on 25th January 2009. Being Egypt’s leading financial institution in social and environmental efforts, AAIB is now the first Egyptian institution to adopt the EPs. This comes as an important step that AAIB takes towards a more CSR - oriented core business.

AAIB believes that finance - in present times - has to strengthen its role of becoming a force behind positive socio-environmental change around the world.

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Lloyds TSB Adopts Equator Principles for Project Finance Initiatives

London - 31 January 2008

Lloyds TSB Group has today announced it has adopted the Equator Principles (EP), a globally-recognised benchmark for assessing and managing social and environmental risks in Project Finance. The principles promote socially responsible conduct and sound environmental practices in relation to Project Finance initiatives and seek to provide a framework against which lending can be assessed.  The principles apply to all new Project Finance arrangements above US$10m.

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Bancolombia Group Adopts The Equator Principles

Colombia - 11 December 2008

Bancolombia Group formalised its adoption of the Equator Principles, a voluntary set of guidelines (based on the International Finance Corporation’s Safeguard Policies and Performance Standards) in the financial industry to determine, assess and manage environmental and social risks in project financing. Bancolombia, the largest bank in Colombia, is the first Colombian financial institution to adopt the Equator Principles. The adoption of the Equator Principles is a key element of Bancolombia Group’s corporate strategy for environmental risk management. There are currently 63 adopting financial institutions from 25 countries. Bancolombia will make a formal assessment of the environmental and social impact of all projects that are financed through the bank. Additionally, Bancolombia will strive to promote environmental issues in Colombia from the financial system perspective.

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