First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) (1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2022)
|Adoption Date:||20 Sep 2015|
|Country of Headquarters:||United Arab Emirates|
|Region of Headquarters:||Middle East & Africa|
|Current EPFI Reporting Year/Period:||1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2022|
|Institutional Reporting:||Link to Report|
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Project Finance Advisory Services
Total number mandated in the reporting period: 0
Project Finance Transactions
Total number that reached Financial Close in the reporting period: 1
|Equator Principles Category||A1||B2||C3|
|Oil & Gas|
|Europe, Middle East & Africa|
|Non Designated Country||1|
Category A – Projects with potential significant adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts that are diverse, irreversible or unprecedented.
Category B – Projects with potential limited adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts that are few in number, generally site-specific, largely reversible and readily addressed through mitigation measures.
Category C – Projects with minimal or no adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts.
Designated Countries are those countries deemed to have robust environmental and social governance, legislation systems and institutional capacity designed to protect their people and the natural environment. See list of Designated Countries.
Project-related Refinance & Project-related Acquisition For Project Finance
This information is required under EP4. EP4 applies for those transactions mandated after 1 October 2020 and that have reached Financial Close by the end of the period being reported.
Project Name Reporting For Project Finance (And Project-related Refinance & Project-related Acquisition Finance For Project Finance)
Number of projects that were not disclosed as per the disclosure conditions specified in Annex B of the Principles: 1
Under EP4, project name reporting is required for Project Finance transactions that have reached Financial Close and encouraged for Project-Related Corporate Loans that have reached Financial Close.
Project-Related Corporate Loans
Total number that reached Financial Close in the reporting period: 0
Project-related Refinance & Project-related Acquisition For Project-related Corporate Loans
Implementation of the Equator Principles
The Equator Principles form a core part of FAB’s sustainability framework, with screening tools incorporated into FAB’s credit policies and loan assessment forms. Internal checklists and guidance documents are in the process of being reviewed and updated according to EP4 to facilitate an understanding of the application of the Equator Principles and their implementation at FAB. The credit policies and processes have been updated to include the evaluation of transactions as part of a wider ESG risk awareness programme. The Equator Principles is managed by the Group ESG team at FAB, which includes environmental consultancy expertise. The team is responsible for ensuring sound implementation of the Equator Principles. The main responsibilities of the Group ESG team include:
- Providing advisory support and identification and categorisation of Equator Principles applicable loans
- Conducting ESG due diligence for Equator Principles applicable projects
- Providing training, guidance and recommendations to the product, coverage and credit teams
- Monitoring the ESG performance of Equator Principles applicable projects
- Annual reporting on Equator Principles performance
The Group ESG team is also responsible for the development and management of the FAB Group Sustainability and Environmental policies. As part of its policies, FAB commits to identify, evaluate and manage ESG risks in its lending portfolio and apply the Equator Principles.
The team responsible for submitting a credit application is required to make a preliminary assessment of the ESG performance of the relevant project and sponsor. Credit applications for transactions applicable to the scope of the Equator Principles are then directed to Group ESG team for detailed evaluation and review. The team provides ESG guidance and support to the credit, product and coverage teams throughout the credit application process. The identified applicable projects are evaluated and categorised by the Group ESG team based on potential environmental and social risks and impacts. The team conducts detailed ESG due diligence for Equator Principles applicable projects and reviews relevant environmental, social or legal documentation. The ESG due diligence process includes monitoring project compliance with the identified mitigation measures and actions required to reduce the project’s environmental and social related impacts. FAB’s Group ESG team monitors compliance after financial close and over the life of the loan for all Category A projects, and appropriate Category B projects.
FAB’s Equator Principles implementation covers the year 2021 (1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021).
Additionally, in 2021, FAB launched its Group ESG Risk Policy and our Group ESG Risk Framework last year. We intend to consolidate our existing EP process with the new ESG Risk Framework and Policy in 2022, and will report on the progress in our 2022 reporting.