The Equator Principles Working Groups

The Equator Principles (EP) Association Working Groups are created by the EP Association Steering Committee to discuss and provide guidance to Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs) and/or their stakeholders on issues associated with the management, administration or development of the EP.

EPFIs are not required to join a Working Group, however, they are encouraged to do so if they have any specific expertise or interest, and believe they can contribute.

There are currently ten EP Association Working Groups and their remits in brief are:





Designated Countries Working Group

Citi and Crédit Agricole CIB

The Designated Countries Working Group will re-examine the distinction between Designated (i.e. High Income OECD) and non-Designated countries in the EPs, particularly for Category A projects. It will consider needs and proposals in this domain, and propose actions/responses to the Association.

Capacity Building & Training Working Group

ING Bank and Banco Santander

The Capacity Building & Training Working Group is responsible for the development, and facilitation of, learning and knowledge sharing opportunities within the EP Association that support EP Association Members in their understanding and implementation of the EP.


EDC and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

The Consistency Working Group supports EPFIs in the application and implementation of the EP by developing guidance and managing implementation queries.

External Relations

EP Association Steering Committee

The External Relations Working Group provides the overarching structure for the management of the EP Association’s engagement and communication with external parties and stakeholders.



Citi and CIFI

This Working Group engages with the International Finance Corporation regarding incorporation of biodiversity and ecosystem services into the Performance Standards and to share good practice in risk management of biodiversity issues.

Climate Change

Barclays and US Ex-Im Bank

This Working Group engages with the International Finance Corporation regarding implementation of their climate change strategy into the Performance Standards and to share good practice in climate risk management practices.

Social Risk

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Efic

This Working Group is working to understand emerging practices in social risk management in project finance.


Asia & Oceania

Mizuho Bank

These Regional Outreach Working Groups develop and implement strategies, in cooperation with multilateral institutions and development agencies/banks, to communicate with and support other financial institutions (EPFI and non-EPFIs) in adopting and implementing the EP.

Latin America

Itau Unibanco and Banco Santander

Middle East and Africa


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