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• ABN Amro, Netherlands

Leading adopter of Equator Principles.

From carbon to renewables to microfinance – focused on using sustainability as a driver for business growth and asset quality.


Leading adopter of Equator Principles.

World’s first major bank to go carbon neutral.

Focused on development of sustainable business opportunities internationally.

• Bank Sarasin, Switzerland

Launched first eco-efficiency fund in 1994, leader in the integration of sustainability into asset management good practice.

Provider of high-level sustainability research and advisory services.

• WestLB, Germany

Leading adopter of Equator Principles.

Application across range of business lines including project finance, corporate finance and asset management.

• Westpac, Australia

Sole Australian signatory to the Equator Principles.

Ranked number one in the global banking sector for the fourth year in a row in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Seventy per cent of top 100 suppliers subjected to sustainable supply chain policy.


• Banco ABN Amro Real, Brazil

Application of sustainability as a business driver across key business lines with 4,280 socio-environmental deals approved in 2005.

Launch of Brazil’s first carbon credit fund.

Leading role in the development of the BOVESPA sustainability index.

• Banco Itaú, Brazil

Member of Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Provided sustainability credit line financing to 2,600 companies.

Launched the Itaú social excellence fund.

• Nedbank, South Africa

First African adopter of the Equator Principles.

Range of sustainability initiatives, including Nedbank affinity programmes, microfinance, and Mzansi previously unbanked accounts.

• Standard Chartered, UK

Microfinance loans to 4m individuals.

Renewable energy projects with estimated energy footprint of 2,520MW.

Targeting global reduction of 20 per cent in direct emissions

• Yes Bank, India

First Indian bank member of UNEP FI.

Strategic commitment to growing portfolio of sustainable businesses, including IT, biotech, pharma, social infrastructure, sustainable livelihoods and agriculture.


• ABN Amro, Netherlands

Creating the world’s first bank-intermediated carbon credit transaction between two private-sector entities – selling Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) from two small-scale hydro-electric plants in Fiji.

• Banco ABN Amro Real, Brazil

Poupança Florestal: Working with Votorantim in Santa Catarina do Sul in Brazil to finance small scale farmers and landless people as long-term suppliers of eucalyptus.

• Citigroup, US/Compartamos (paired)

Compartamos: Placing the first ever peso-denominated investment-grade bond for Mexico’s leading microfinance provider, catalysing an expected 60,000 new loans to women micro-entrepreneurs in Mexico.

• Deutsche Bank, Germany

The Global Microfinance Consortium: a $75m fund to combine high-risk catalytic development agency resources with the scale and execution efficiency of the private sector.


Santiago City: Creating a partnership with Volvo and the city of Santiago to reduce NOx by 40 per cent

Halving the number of city buses, replacing them with high-capacity, low-emissions vehicles.


• ABN AMRO, Netherlands/Banco do Brasil (paired)

Osorio: Financing the $230m Osorio project, the largest wind complex in Brazil, with three wind energy parks totalling 150MW of power

• Barclays Bank, UK

Dalry Community Wind Farm: Using local community participation to build the local social operating licence for a six-turbine wind farm in Ayrshire, Scotland, powering up to

13,000 homes each year.

• Calyon, France

Wilton 10: Re-financing SembCorp Utilities for the development of Wilton 10 – the UK’s first large wood-burning power station, providing 30MW of power and process steam from biomass.

• Credit Suisse, Switzerland

Suntech: Pricing and executing the 22-times oversubscribed $455m initial public offering on the NYSE of Suntech – the first major China-based alternative energy company.

• WestLB, Germany

The ASA project: US$275m non-recourse construction and project financing for three 100m gallons a year fuel-grade ethanol facilities in Nebraska, Indiana and Ohio. Providing a clean-burning non-carcinogenic fuel oxygenate additive.


• ABN Amro, Netherlands

Leading the first global bank intermediated carbon credit deal.

Reducing the bank’s internal CO2 footprint with an expected €3.5m annual cost savings by 2008.

Implementing a country-specific social and environmental risk filter (CSERF) across the bank’s key operations.

• Calyon, France

Development and implementation by the deal team of a fully decentralised approach for assessing and managing environmental and social risks in project finance.

• Citigroup, US

Systematic application of the Equator Principles across key business lines of Citigroup, a global operation with 300,000 employees and 100 countries of operation.

• Mizuho, Japan

Pioneering the application of the Equator Principles in the Asia market.

First Japanese adopter, now moving from risk to opportunity with a business strategy targeting greenhouse as emissions reduction.

• WestLB, Germany

Applying the risk management expertise of the sustainability management team to differentiate WestLB as mandated lead arranger for complex transactions.

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