Mizuho Adopts the Equator Principles

Tokyo - 27 October 2003

Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. has become the first Japanese bank to adopt the Equator Principles. This brings the total number of banks adopting the Equator Principles to 18, and the number of countries represented to 11. In a press release, Mizuho said it will apply high environmental and social standards for its project finance business in order to carry out its social obligations to promote both economic development, and environmental and social preservation. As an international financial institution, Mizuho wishes to contribute to the establishment of international environmental and social standards. Mizuho extends loans to 70% of listed Japanese companies and serves as the main lender to 40% of them.


Standard Chartered Adopts Equator Principles

London - 8 October 2003

Standard Chartered today announced the adoption of the Equator Principles as a basis for managing environmental and social issues in project financing. “We are committed to minimising the environmental and social impacts associated with our operations. Adopting the Equator Principles will reinforce the Bank’s long established environmental and social risk evaluation process. We believe in sustainable business and are pleased to adopt best practice”, said Group Chief Executive Mervyn Davies.

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HSBC adopts the Equator Principles

London - 4 September 2003

HSBC has adopted the Equator Principles to help the Group assess the environmental and social impact of commercial lending proposals. This will reinforce the bank’s long established environmental and social risk evaluation process and its position as one of the leading companies in environmental impact management.

The Equator Principles are a set of voluntary guidelines, developed by major international banks, that establish a common framework to address the environmental and social issues that arise in financing projects and ensure that they are realised according to sound environmental management practices.

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Dresdner Bank adopts Equator Principles

Frankfurt - 18 August 2003

On August 18 2003 Dresdner Bank has adopted the  EQUATOR-PRINCIPLES. The principles are  a set of voluntary guidelines and require projects worth more than US$50 million whose potential adverse environmental impacts are more than minimal to be subject to an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing the key environmental and social issues. The Equator Principles were initiated by  the International Finance Corporation, a Worldbank subsidiary, in cooperation with a group of several financial institutions. Dresdner Bank’s signature  brings the total number of banks that have adopted the Equator Principles to 14. The codex is likely to become a generally acknowledged guideline for international project financing activities.

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MCC, a Leading Italian Bank in Project Financing, Adopts the Equator Principles

Rome - 29 July 2003

MCC S.p.A, a leading Italian bank in project financing, is the first Italian bank to adopt the "Equator Principles", a set of voluntary guidelines developed by major international banks to address the environmental and social issues arising from financing projects and ensure that financed projects are realised according to sound environmental management practices.

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RBC Financial Group Adopts Equator Principles

Toronto - 21 July 2003

RBC Financial Group today became the first Canadian financial institution to adopt the “Equator Principles,” a voluntary set of guidelines to manage social and environmental issues related to large-scale project financing in developing countries. These principles will be applied globally to project financings in all industry sectors, including mining, oil and gas, and forestry.

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ING Group Adopts the Equator Principles

Amsterdam - 23 June 2003

ING Groep NV of the Netherlands has announced its adoption of the Equator Principles. This brings the number of leading project finance banks which have adopted the Principles to eleven. ING said that its adoption of the Equator Principles "means that ING will comply with the sustainability regulations for financing various large-scale projects in developing countries as set by the International Finance Corporation."


Leading Banks Announce Adoption of Equator Principles

4 June 2003

Ten leading banks from seven countries today announced the adoption of the "Equator Principles," a set of guidelines developed by the banks for managing social and environmental issues related to the financing of development projects. The banks will apply the principles globally and to project financings in all industry sectors, including mining, oil and gas, and forestry.

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