Sustainable Finance South Africa December 2013

12 December 2013 - Sustainable Finance South Africa December 2013, WWF South Africa Newsletter

A key skills set of banking is defining, pricing and managing credit risk. A company's credit risk can be affected by many factors such as market dynamics of the industry in which the company operates, environmental impacts such as water quality, and the reliability and robustness of the technology used by a company. All these sometimes interdependent factors make credit risk a complex, specialised area of expertise within a bank.

Biodiversity risk is an important area of non-financial risk that can impact credit. With this in mind, WWF-SA, in partnership with the Equator Principles Association, Forest Trends and Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme, hosted a Banking for Biodiversity workshop in Johannesburg. Read More.

Are big banks short-selling their leverage over human rights?

31 October 2013 - The Guardian Sustainable Business, Ariel Meyerstein

Earlier this month, a handful of major European banks calling themselves the Thun Group released a "discussion paper" on how financial institutions should implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The paper is a sign that some industries are moving past fluffy CSR mantras and putting rubber to the road, for the UN principles. That's important because the guiding principles aren't legally binding – although they have catalyzed some new policies and may inform future regulation. The principles still need to be translated into more specific guidelines for different sectors before they can ultimately be useful to the global marketplace. ... In addition, most of the members of the Thun Group – which include Barclays, BBVA, Credit Suisse AG, ING Bank N.V., RBS Group, UBS AG and UniCredit – also are members of the Equator Principles Association's steering committee, so their pronouncements should be taken seriously. Read More.

The Equator Principles: Banking on Sustainability

23 August 2013 – Capital Finance International

Financial institutions worldwide are increasingly benchmarking their larger investment projects to the Equator Principles of social and environmental risk assessment. A third and more comprehensive edition of these guiding principles has now been drawn up and is being used by 79 financial institutions in 35 countries to gauge the impact of investments. Read More.

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  1. 5 things energy companies should know about the Equator Principles
  2. Time to close accountability gaps in infrastructure project funding
  3. Voluntary bank lending principles now include consideration of climate change
  4. Banking on human rights protection for major infrastructure projects
  5. EP III: an open pit for finance?
  6. How to get your arms wrapped around the Equator Principles
  7. Equator Principles III - New Guidelines for Project Finance
  8. New Analysis: The Equator Principles in the OECD
  9. The Equator Principles: How Will The Revisions Impact You?
  10. The New Equator Principles III Amplify CSR For Financial Institutions
  11. Third Generation of Equator Principles (EP III) is out - What's New?
  12. Natural resource shortages, new Equator Principles and carbon pricing in Australia
  13. Equator Principles III comes into effect
  14. New Equator Principles to have deeply underwhelming impact on people and planet
  15. Project Finance Group Client Alert: The Equator Principles: How Will The Revisions Impact You?
  16. Equator Principles — EP III released
  17. Equator Principles III Enters Into Force This June
  18. Equator Principles III released
  19. EP needs to get to next level
  20. Updated Equator Principles released
  21. Third Equator Principles Framework Agreed
  22. New 'Equator Principles' will extend environmental assessment to more project finance arrangements
  23. Equator Principles III approved
  24. Equator Principles – Creating New Regulators or the Extra Mile?
  25. Financial institutions that have signed up to the Equator Principles (EP) have backed a new, more robust, version of the voluntary rules for banks’ project finance activities
  26. Equator Principles III is coming – new trends and a strategy rethink
  27. Shifting the equator
  28. Revising the Equator Principles: Why Banks should not become the New Sustainability Regulators of Emerging Markets