Reporting – First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) (2018)

Adoption Date:20 September 2015
Country of Headquarters:United Arab Emirates
Region of Headquarters:Middle East
Institutional Reporting Hyperlink:https://www.bankfab.com/en-ae/about-fab/sustainability/sustainable-finance
Current EPFI Reporting Year/Period:2018
EPFI Reporting in Compliance:Yes

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PROJECT FINANCE ADVISORY SERVICES

Total number mandated in the reporting period: 1

SectorTotal
Sub Total1
Mining
Infrastructure
Oil & Gas1
Power
Others
RegionTotal
Sub Total1
Americas
Europe, Middle East & Africa1
Asia Pacific

PROJECT FINANCE TRANSACTIONS

Total number that reached financial close in the reporting period: 1

Totals010
Totals010
SectorCategory ACategory BCategory C
Mining
Infrastructure
Oil & Gas
Power
Others1
RegionCategory ACategory BCategory C
Americas
Europe, Middle East & Africa1
Asia Pacific
Country DesignationCategory ACategory BCategory C
Designated1
Non-Designated1
Independent ReviewCategory ACategory BCategory C
Yes
No1

1Designated 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. For the list of Designated Countries, go to: https://www.equator-principles.com/index.php/ep3/designated-countries

PROJECT NAME REPORTING FOR PROJECT FINANCE TRANSACTIONS

No.Project NameSectorHost Country Name/ Project LocationYear of Financial Close
1District Cooling Plant at DWTCOthersUnited Arab Emirates2018

PROJECT-RELATED CORPORATE LOANS

Total number that reached financial close in the reporting period: 0

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EQUATOR PRINCIPLES

The Equator Principles form a core part of FAB’s sustainability framework. Equator Principles screening tools have been incorporated in FAB’s credit policies and loan assessment forms. Internal checklists and guidance documents were reviewed and updated 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 Corporate Sustainability (CS) 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 CS 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 CS 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 environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in its lending portfolio and apply the Equator Principles.

The bank’s amended credit policies and processes were reviewed and finalized during 2018. In accordance with these processes, 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 the CS 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 CS team based on potential environmental and social risks and impacts. The team conducts detailed ESG due diligence for EP 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 CS team monitors compliance after financial close and over the life of the loan for all Category A projects, and appropriate Category B projects.

Further information is available at: https://www.bankfab.com/en-ae/about-fab/sustainability/sustainable-finance and https://www.bankfab.com/-/media/fabgroup/home/about-fab/sustainability/sustainable-finance/equator/fab-equator-principles-report-2018.pdf?view=1