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Greening Banks

Greening Banks

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IFC is a leader in applying environmental, social and governance sustainability standards to ensure the profitability and integrity of investments. This eBook captures the discussions among banking regulators and executives at the first International Green Credit Forum hosted by IFC and the China Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing in May 2012. It also covers emerging market regulatory initiatives, China’s Green Credit Policy and international Equator Banks’ experiences. A 6-minute documentary video of the Forum is also be embedded, featuring interviews with IFC and banking regulator representatives.
IFC is a leader in applying environmental, social and governance sustainability standards to ensure the profitability and integrity of investments. This eBook captures the discussions among banking regulators and executives at the first International Green Credit Forum hosted by IFC and the China Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing in May 2012. It also covers emerging market regulatory initiatives, China’s Green Credit Policy and international Equator Banks’ experiences. A 6-minute documentary video of the Forum is also be embedded, featuring interviews with IFC and banking regulator representatives.

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GREENINGBANKS
Highlights of 2012 International Green Credit Forum
 
2Over the course o 2012, IFC joined hands withbank regulators rom Asia, Arica and LatinAmerica to launch a powerul new platorm orthe development o national environmental andsocial risk-management guidelines or nancialinstitutions. The Sustainable Banking Network isacilitating innovation and regulatory advances bysharing knowledge and technical resources.The momentum or this important initiativecame rom the rst International Green CreditForum hosted by IFC and the China BankingRegulatory Commission (CBRC) in Beijing in May2012. Regulators rom ten emerging markets,supported by senior banking executives romChina and elsewhere, conrmed a growingconsensus that sustainable banking practices aresound business practices.As the largest multilateral source odebt andequity nance or private enterprises in emergingmarkets, IFC, part o the World Bank Group, isalso a leader in applying environmental, socialand governance (ESG) sustainability standardsto ensure the protability and integrity o ourinvestments. Through our sustainable nance journey over almost two decades, IFC has workedactively with nancial institutions in emergingmarkets to create business opportunities andstrengthen lending portolios through sustainablebanking practices.We have ound time and again that sustainablebanking protects banks' assets and opens upnew nancial product areas and markets. It also
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3improves resilience during tough economictimes. Reducing the use o non-renewableresources and avoiding negative impactson the environment are just some o thestrategies that also yield nancial returns.However, banks require a level playingeld beore they can make the leap to newpractices and management systems. I doneright, the returns to banks and society couldsignicantly enhance the competitiveness oemerging market economies.A ew bank regulators have taken the lead tocreate appropriate rameworks and incentivesto support adoption by local banks. Chinaand Bangladesh have issued groundbreakingsustainable nance polices in recent years.Brazil has a rich array o policies in place andmany lessons to share. It is very clear rom theearly pioneers that there is no one-size-ts-all approach. But there is much to be learnedrom a community o peers, sharing theirexperiences and oering tools and strategiesthat have worked.With that in mind, IFC is committed tosharing what we’ve learned and to acilitatethe exchange o knowledge and innovativeapproaches among emerging market bankregulators. We are proud to play a coordinatingrole and support the Sustainable BankingNetwork to help build capacity and partnerships.This eBook provides an exciting snap shotp o howregulators are already engaging with the newrontier o sustainable banking and developingnationally appropriate models. It is among therst o many tools to acilitate knowledge sharingand collaborative learning.Karin Finkelston
 Asia Pacifc Vice President, IFC 
Video: Highlights o the 1st InternationalGreen Credit Forum, Beijing, 2012To watch the video on YouTube,click here.

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