Review of the Equator Principles – Phase IV

01 March 2019 Progress continues towards the development of an updated Equator Principles ‘EP4’ text. We are now finalising Phase III ‘Agreement with the EP Association membership and initial drafting of the EP4 targeted update’ and transitioning into Phase IV ‘Second round of stakeholder consultation’. This external stakeholder consultation phase will be somewhat delayed as…

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Two commissioned reports supporting EP4 development

21 December 2018 The Equator Principles Association Annual Meeting was held in Washington D.C. on 16-18 October with focus on the internal development of the EP4 draft. A summary of outcomes was published online. Commissioned reports As inputs to the meeting, the Association commissioned two reports: a Strategic Review, conducted by ERM, and guidance to…

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Equator Principles Annual Meeting 2018 – Meeting Outcomes

The Equator Principles Association Annual Meeting was held in Washington D.C. on 16-18 October with attendees from over 50 Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs). 15thAnniversary of the EPs The Chair’s opening recognised that the Equator Principles (EPs) launched 15 years ago and has had a strong impact on the project financing market.  The Chair also…

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Review of the Equator Principles – Phase III

8 October 2018 The EP Association is making tangible progress with the targeted update of the EPs, with a draft set of ‘EP4’ thematic proposals for members to debate at the upcoming Annual Meeting. The first round of stakeholder consultation has now been completed. As communicated on the EP website previously, Phase II of the…

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Review of the Equator Principles – Phase II

22 June 2018 The EP Association is currently in Phase II of the EP4 update, with two streams of work underway: Stakeholder consultations An independent third party has been engaged to undertake a review covering elements of the wider EP strategy and the targeted ‘EP4’ update. The review includes a set of interviews, an online…

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Review of the Equator Principles – Towards EP4

16 March 2018 The EP Association is undertaking a targeted review of the Equator Principles (see statement released in November 2017). Since the announcement following the 2017 EP AGM, the EP Association has initiated internal discussions on key thematic areas including: Social impact and human rights Climate change Designated Countries and Applicable Standards Scope of applicability of…

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EP Association Annual Meeting 2017 Outcomes

The Equator Principles Annual Meeting 2017 on 24-25 October in São Paulo was the largest ever, with more than 130 individuals representing 60 Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs), including 3 new adopters in attendance from key markets (inc. China, South Korea). The meeting served to debate and share knowledge on key topics of concern to…

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The Equator Principles (EP) III is now available in a ninth language – Korean

  16 June 2017 The Equator Principles Association is pleased to announce that the Equator Principles (EP) III is now available in Korean. This version complements the collection of translations including French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese, all available at www.equator-principles.com. Including the original English, EPIII is now available in 9 languages. The…

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Statement from the EP Association Steering Committee

18 May 2017 The Equator Principles (EPs) aim to be a global benchmark, providing a framework for due diligence to support responsible risk decision-making on environmental and social issues in financing projects. Certain transactions have highlighted the challenges in the differentiated approach between Designated and non-Designated countries in the Equator Principles, an issue that was…

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Standard Bank becomes first African bank to chair Equator Principles Association

1 June 2015, Johannesburg Standard Bank has been appointed the new chair of the Equator Principles Association for 2015/16, making it the first African Bank to be elected to this position. The appointment, which takes effect on the 1 June 2015, comes at a critical juncture in the integration of environmental and social considerations within…

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