New Year, New Principles - Transition Period Ends and EP III Mandatory for New Transactions as of 1 January 2014

1 January 2014

The transition period for the Equator Principles (EP) dated June 2013 ended on 31 December 2013 and the third version of the EP ('EP III') is mandatory for all new transactions (where the mandate is signed after 31 December 2013) from 1 January 2014. EP III does not apply retroactively therefore EP Association Members are not expected to switch from EP II to EP III for transactions where the mandate was signed before 1 January 2014.

Note that the EP Association Steering Committee accepts that in certain situations there might be legal constraints that prevent EP Association Members applying EP III from 1 January 2014, however each member should make all necessary efforts to ensure EP III is incorporated into their institution's review of transactions according to their own risk management frameworks and engagement with clients from this date.

If you have any questions about EP III and the change from EP II to EP III, please contact the EP Secretariat via JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

The Equator Principles Association Hosts 2013 Annual Meeting And Equator Principles Workshop In Tokyo

5 & 6 November 2013

Nearly 75 individuals, representing 40 financial institutions, attended the 2013 Equator Principles (EP) Association Annual Meeting and Workshop on 5 and 6 November 2013 in Tokyo. It was the first time that members had gathered outside of Washington DC and was a unique opportunity for the EP Association to engage financial institutions in Asia, and underlined its commitment to discussing environmental and social risk management in a regional context.

Following the success of the 2012 Workshop, Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs) met on the 6 November to discuss implementation of EP III (including triggers for Project-Related Corporate Loans, project categorisation, disclosure (ESIA and GHG reporting) and EPFI reporting requirements, and other pertinent environmental and social matters) and how best to support members during the transition period and in the consistent application of EP III.

Equator Principles Financial Institutions and Stakeholders Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Equator Principles

4 June 2013

Equator Principles Financial Associations (EPFIs) today gathered in Amsterdam to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Equator Principles, and the launch of the latest iteration of Equator Principles - EP III. EPFIs were joined by a range of stakeholders, including clients, NGOs, specialist consultants and the media.

Leonie Schreve, Chair of the EP Association Steering Committee and Head of Sustainable Lending at ING who hosted today's event said,

"The 10th anniversary and launch demonstrates the strength of Equator Principles as global environmental and social risk management standard. Today sees the launch of EP III which will mean important environmental and social risk considerations can be applied to even more deals. EP III was supported by an overwhelming majority of our members, and we're also seeing more financial institutions adopting, with our first members from Russia and India adopting in recent weeks."

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Approved and Released - Equator Principles III

14 May 2013

Equator Principles (EP) Association Members have given overwhelming support to EP III - the third and most robust version of the EP to date. The vote in favour of EP III means that from 4 June 2013 more deals will be assessed under a strengthened environmental and social risk management framework.

The EP framework for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in project finance transactions has extended its scope to Project-Related Corporate Loans and Bridge Loans, and clarifies the requirements for application to Advisory Services. Under EP III, Equator Principles Financial Institutions (the name for adopters of the EP) will benefit from greater consistency in implementation, enhanced transparency through extended reporting and will address emerging environmental and social concerns.

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Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative Launched

6 February 2013

ICMM, IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues) and the Equator Principles Association have launched a cross-sector biodiversity initiative (CSBI) in Washington, D.C.

The initiative has been created to develop and share good practices and practical tools to apply the new International Finance Corporation's (IFC) performance standard 6 on biodiversity conservation. IFC's performance standards have become globally recognized as a benchmark for environmental and social risk management in the private sector.

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The Equator Principles Association hosts 2012 Annual Meeting and first Equator Principles Workshop

3 - 4 December 2012, Washington DC, USA

Nearly 100 individuals, representing 54 financial institutions, attended the 2012 Equator Principles (EP) Association Annual Meeting on 3 December in Washington DC. The meeting included further consideration of the feedback received during the EP III 60 day Stakeholder Consultation and Public Comment process and discussions to finalise the EP III Draft. Key thematic areas including Scope, Climate Change, Social Risks, and Reporting and Transparency were reviewed further and the process for finalising the EP III Draft in Q1 of 2013 and subsequent launch and implementation of EP III were discussed.

Additional to the Annual Meeting, EP Association Members gathered for the first time to discuss EP implementation and best practice. The full day EP Workshop, held on 4 December, was focused on knowledge and experience sharing on a variety of core topics including categorisation, justified deviation, independent consultants, covenants, monitoring, information sharing, and reporting and transparency. EP Association Members found the day extremely positive and have committed to repeating the workshop on an annual basis.

Press Release: Draft of Updated Equator Principles (EP III) Released for Stakeholder Consultation and Public Comment

13 August 2012

The Equator Principles (EP) Association today releases the draft of the updated Equator Principles (EP III) for stakeholder consultation and public comment. The EP is a risk framework for identifying, assessing, and managing environmental and social risks in Project Finance transactions and has been adopted by 77 financial institutions worldwide.

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Important Update on the Progress and Timeline of the EP III Update Process

The EP Association is continuing internal discussions with its members on the first draft of EP III and as a result the overall timeline for the EP III Update process has been extended.

Please see below a summary of the new timeline*:

  • EP Association consultation period and initial drafting of the EP III (September 2011 - July 2012).
  • Formal  60 day (minimum) Stakeholder Consultation and Public Comment Process (July - September 2012).
  • Finalisation and launch of the EP III framework (September - December 2012).

*The timeline might be subject to further extension if deemed necessary.

The EP Association would like re-emphasise that it is committed to carrying out a robust and consultative process therefore appreciates the patience of stakeholders and look forwards sharing the first draft of EP III with stakeholders in the coming months.

The EP Association will aim to be open and transparent during the EP III Update process, and we welcome feedback and comments from any interested party on both process and substance. If you have not already joined the EP Association mailing list you can register your interest here.

ING Elected as New Chair of Equator Principles Association Steering Committee

We are very pleased to announce that the Equator Principles (EP) Association Steering Committee has elected a new Chair for the 2012/13 mandate. ING is honoured to accept the appointment and assumes the position of Chair on 1 May 2012. One of the first tasks in the Chair role is leading the EP III Stakeholder Consultation and Public Comment process. ING looks forward to continuing this important leadership role, held by Citi for the last 2 years, particularly during this crucial period. ING believes that a robust consultation and public comment process is a fundamental requirement for incorporating the input from stakeholders and ensuring transparency.

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Important Update on the Progress and Timeline of the EP III Update Process

The EP Association is continuing internal discussions with its members on the first draft of EP III and as a result the overall timeline for the EP III Update process has been extended again.

Please see below a summary of the new timeline*:

  • EP Association consultation period and initial drafting of the EP III (September 2011 - May 2012).
  • Formal  60 day (minimum) Stakeholder Consultation and Public Comment Process (May - July 2012).
  • Finalisation and launch of the EP III framework (July - October 2012).

*The timeline might be subject to further extension if deemed necessary.

The EP Association would like re-emphasise that it is committed to carrying out a robust and consultative process therefore appreciates the patience of stakeholders and look forwards sharing the first draft of EP III with stakeholders in the coming months.

The EP Association will aim to be open and transparent during the EP III Update process, and we welcome feedback and comments from any interested party on both process and substance. If you have not already joined the EP Association mailing list you can register your interest here.