Nedbank is the First African Bank to Adopt the Equator Principles

Johannesburg - 10 November 2005

Nedbank has become the first African bank to adopt the Equator Principles.

The Equator Principles, developed by several leading banks, are based on the environmental and social policies and safeguards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). They aim to provide a guideline for banks to ensure that the projects they finance are developed in a socially responsible and environmentally sound manner.

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BMO Financial Group Adopts Equator Principles

Toronto - 15 September 2005


BMO Financial Group today announced it has adopted the Equator Principles, a voluntary set of environmental and social guidelines adopted by leading banks for project financing.

The Equator Principles apply to projects with a capital cost of US$50 million or more in all industry sectors. Established in 2002, they are based on guidelines set by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group that promotes sustainable, private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.

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Sustainability and Project Finance BES and BESI adopt the Equator Principles

Lisboa - 16 August 2005

Banco Espírito Santo Group (BES Group) is the first Portuguese financial institution to adopt the Equator Principles. The Equator Principles are a set of guidelines voluntarily followed by financial institutions to manage social and environmental issues arising from project finance operations with a capital cost of $50 million or more.

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Scotiabank Adopts Equator Principles, Reinforces Commitment to Environmental Risk Management and Sustainable Development

Toronto - 18 January 2005

Scotiabank today adopted the Equator Principles, a set of internationally recognized, voluntary project finance guidelines that establish social and environmental standards in the banking industry.

"Scotiabank recognizes the serious global environmental challenges faced by our society," said Rick Waugh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank. "In our role as a major financial services provider, we support the principles of sustainable development and we are pleased to have joined other leading international banks in adopting the Equator Principles."

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Banco de Brasil Adopts Equator Principles

Brasilia - 03 March 2005

Bank meets international criteria established for project analysis processes utilized for investments equal or more than US$50 million.

Banco do Brasil is the first official bank to join Brazilian financial institutions that meet the Equator Principles. Criteria established by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank, were incorporated into analysis procedures for investment projects with a value equal or more than US$50 million.

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Unibanco Adopts Social and Environmental Criteria for Approving Credits

Sao Paulo - 1 June 2004

Unibanco is the first Brazilian – and the first emerging market – bank to start complying with the Equator Principles

Unibanco is reinforcing the social and environmental dimensions of its activities. In June, the bank starts adopting the so-called Equator Principles, a set of social and environmental criteria used to evaluate and approve credits for infrastructure projects.

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Eksport Kredit Fonden Adopts the International ”Equator Principles” Guidelines

Copenhagen - 14 May 2004

As the first export credit agency (ECA) worldwide and the first financial institution in Denmark, Eksport Kredit Fonden adopts the ”Equator Principles” which are a voluntary set of international guidelines developed by the banks for managing environmental and social issues related to project finance. The “Equator Principles” are based on the policies and procedures as set by the World Bank institution International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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Bank of America Adopts the Equator Principles

Charlotte, North Carolina - 15 April 2004

Bank of America announced today that it has adopted the Equator Principles. This brings the number of banks which have adopted the principles to 21, including four from North America. Chan Martin, Bank of America Enterprise Market Risk Executive, stated, "The actions we take today can have an impact far beyond the financial transactions that define our business. We believe our adoption of the Equator Principles supports an industry standard that recognizes environmental responsibility".

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KBC Adopts Equator Principles

Brussels - 27 January 2004

KBC today announced its adoption of the Equator Principles, which provide a framework for banks to manage environmental and social issues related to the area of project financing.

Jan Vanhevel, Managing Director of the KBC Bank and Insurance Holding Company, has declared that ‘the adoption of the Equator Principles supports KBC’s longstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility in all its activities, both domestically and internationally’. KBC will apply the Equator Principles to its project finance activities around the world.

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CIBC Adopts Equator Principles

Toronto - 03 December 2003

CIBC today announced its adoption of the “Equator Principles.” The Principles are a voluntary set of environmental and social screening criteria and guidelines adopted by major international banks, based on processes established by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment arm of the World Bank. The Principles apply globally to development projects with a capital cost of US$50 Million or over in all industry sectors.

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