EP Association launches Strategy to share a future vision for the Equator Principles

20 October 2020  Today, the Equator Principles Association (EPA) launches its first ever Strategy. This high-level statement sets out the direction of travel for the Association over the next few years and demonstrates the collective willingness of the EPA to continually improve. The Strategy, which has been endorsed by the EPA membership, will guide the program…

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1 October Marks Effective Date For EP4

1 October 2020  Today, the Equator Principles Association confirms that the latest version of the Equator Principles, EP4, comes into full effect. All EPFIs are now required to implement EP4 on any new Projects (including term sheets or mandates) signed on/after 1 October 2020. In recognition of global extenuating circumstances, the EPA had granted a 3…

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EPA Releases Guidance To Support Effective Implementation Of EP4

23 September 2020  Today, the Equator Principles Association releases Guidance to support the effective implementation of the updated Equator Principles, EP4. The volume of guidance available is considerably more than for any other previous version of the Equator Principles, and represents a significant step forward for the EPA and its stakeholders. The Guidance is a practical…

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Guidance on Implementation of the Equator Principles During the Covid-19 Pandemic

London, 19 June 2020  The Covid-19 pandemic has had a great effect on all markets globally with significant impacts to the way that we operate. In light of these ongoing challenges, the EPA Steering Committee commissioned Ramboll to produce guidance for EPFIs and their stakeholders to support effective implementation of the Equator Principles through the Covid-19 pandemic. The intent of this…

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Additional Grace Period For EP4 Transition To Reflect Covid-19 Challenges

London, 18 May 2020 In November 2019 the Equator Principles Association released the latest iteration of the Equator Principles, ‘EP4’. EP4 was due to come into effect for all EPFIs on 1 July 2020, however, we find ourselves in unprecedented times. The Association has carefully considered how best to proceed with EP4 when many member…

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Equator Principles Association and IFC join forces to build capacity of banks on environmental and social risk management

Paris, 4 February 2020 Building on nearly two decades of collaboration, The Equator Principles Association (EPA) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) today announced they are officially joining efforts to help strengthen the capacity of financial institutions to manage environmental and social risk in line with IFC’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards. IFC’s Performance Standards are…

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Equator Principles Annual Meeting 2019 – Meeting Outcomes

London, 28 November 2019 The Equator Principles Association Annual Meeting was held in Singapore on 18-20 November with attendees from over 60 Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs). Launch of EP4 The fourth iteration of the Equator Principles (“EP4”) was launched at the opening of the Annual General Meetingand accompanied with a statement recognising the enormous support and contributions…

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A strengthened Equator Principles, and new leadership for the Association

Singapore, 18 November 2019 Today the updated version of the Equator Principles (EP), EP4, was adopted by the Equator Principles Association and represent the fourth iteration of the Principles since their inception in 2003. The intent of the Principles remains to set the financial industry benchmark for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in…

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Consultation on the draft of EP4: full report released

London, 05 November 2019 Earlier this year, BSR conducted external stakeholder consultations on behalf of the Equator Principles Association on the draft text of EP4. This consultation process involved 150 people attending a series of in-person and webinar events, as well as more than 60 written submissions. Below is the full report produced by BSR, which details…

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Completion of external consultation on EP4 draft text

London, 20 September 2019 The recent external stakeholder consultation on the draft text of EP4 was conducted on behalf of the EPA by BSR. They have now completed the consultation process and their recommendations are with the Association for consideration as we look to finalise the text of EP4. The draft text of EP4 was released…

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