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2007 FT Sustainable Banking Awards Draw 151 Submissions from 104 Banks in 51 Countries

Submitted by: International Finance Corporation

Categories: Finance, Environment

Posted: Mar 16, 2007 – 02:05 PM EST


Mar. 16 /CSRwire/ - LONDON- March 16, 2007- More than 100 institutions from 51 countries have submitted entries to the 2007 FT Sustainable Banking Awards, run in association with IFC, underlining the program's role as the leading global awards recognizing best practice in triple bottom line banking.

A total of 151 entries were submitted by the deadline, a more than 50 percent increase from the 98 entries submitted in the inaugural 2006 Awards. The number of banks applying was up by more than 100 percent, with entries from 104 institutions, compared with last year’s 48 banks from 28 countries.

The FT and IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, created the awards to recognize banks that have shown leadership and innovation in integrating social and environmental objectives into their operations.

Winners will be honored in five categories: Sustainable Bank of the Year, Emerging Markets Sustainable Bank of the Year, Sustainable Bankers of the Year, Sustainable Deal of the Year, and Achievement in Carbon Finance. Each category will have a shortlist of five finalists. For the first time, there will also be additional awards for regional leadership under the Emerging Markets category.

The FT Sustainable Banking Awards will be presented at a special dinner at the Landmark in London on June 7. A major conference on sustainable banking, addressing the views of banks, their stakeholders, and civil society, is to take place earlier in the day.

"The rise in 2007 award entries and the increased geographical diversity of participants is a testament to the growing global recognition of sustainable banking. We are delighted to be working with IFC to highlight this area to the FT’s audiences around the world," said Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times.

"It is good to see entries coming from banks in the emerging markets in particular," said Lars Thunell, head of IFC. "Banks around the world are using sustainable finance to create value for their customers, shareholders, employees, and the broader community."

The judging panel will meet this month to narrow down the shortlists of award nominees. The panel includes leading figures involved in sustainable finance and development:

  • John Willman, U.K. Business Editor, Financial Times (panel co-chair)

  • Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President, IFC (panel co-chair)

  • Paul Clements-Hunt, Head of Unit, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

  • Sergio Rosa, Chief Executive Officer, PREVI

  • Paul Grimes, Chief Operating Officer, FTSE Group

  • Tessa Tennant, Co-founder, Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia

    The list of participating institutions for the 2007 FT Sustainable Banking Awards is in the attached Appendix. More information is also available at

    For further information on the awards programme and the conference, please contact:

    Azmar Sukandar, Financial Times, Hong Kong, +852 2905 5519

    Lucie Giraud, IFC, Washington, DC, +1 (202) 458-4662


    Entries to the 2007 FT Sustainable Banking Awards were received from the following 104 institutions:

    1st Valley Bank, Philippines
    ABN AMRO, Netherlands
    ABN AMRO India
    ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank, Armenia
    ACBA Leasing, Armenia
    Access Bank, Nigeria
    ACLEDA Bank, Cambodia
    Ahli United Bank, Bahrain
    ANZ Bank, Australia
    ASN Bank, Netherlands
    Babcock & Brown, Australia
    Banamex, Mexico
    Banco ABN AMRO Real, Brazil
    Banco Azteca, Mexico
    Banco do Brasil, Brazil
    Banco Galicia y Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Banco Itaú, Brazil
    Banco Sumitomo Mitsui Brasileiro, Brazil
    BancoSol, Bolivia
    Bank Danamon, Indonesia
    Bank NISP, Indonesia
    Bank of Kathmandu, Nepal
    Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan
    Bank Sarasin, Switzerland
    Bank Vontobel, Switzerland
    BankInvest, Denmark
    Banvivienda, Panama
    Barclays, United Kingdom
    BBVA Banco Continental, Peru
    BCSC, Colombia
    BlueOrchard, Switzerland
    Carbon Capital Markets, United Kingdom
    Cascade Bank, Armenia
    Center-Invest Bank, Russia
    Central American Bank for Economic Integration, Honduras
    Centre Info Ltd - Sustainable Investment Consulting, Switzerland
    Ceska Sporitelna, Czech Republic
    Charity Bank, United Kingdom
    Citi, United States
    Climate Change Capital, United Kingdom
    Community Bank of the Bay, United States
    Compartamos, Mexico
    Credit Suisse, Switzerland
    Daiwa Securities SMBC Principal Investments, Japan
    Demir Kyrgyz International Bank, Kyrgyzstan
    Deutsche Bank, Germany
    Development Bank of Southern Africa
    Dexia, France
    Dexia Banka Slovensko, Slovakia
    DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka
    DFCU Group, Uganda
    Dow Jones Indexes, United States
    Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF), Denmark
    Erste Bank, Hungary
    Ethical Finance Forum, Ireland
    Exim Bank, Tanzania
    FINDESA, Nicaragua
    First Microfinance Bank, Afghanistan
    First Microfinance Bank, Pakistan
    FirstRand Banking Group, South Africa
    Fortis, Netherlands
    Glitnir Bank, Iceland
    Goldman Sachs, United States
    Grupo Santander, Spain
    HSBC, United Kingdom
    HSBC Latin America
    I&M Bank, Kenya
    Industrial Bank of China
    ING, Netherlands
    Innovest Group, United States-Canada-United Kingdom
    Investec, South Africa
    Japan Bank for International Cooperation
    JP Morgan, United States
    JSC TBC Bank, Georgia
    Kookmin Bank, South Korea
    Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, Switzerland
    Mecu Limited, Australia
    MIBANCO (Banco de la Microempresa), Peru
    Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, Japan
    Mizuho Corporate Bank, Japan
    Morgan Stanley, United States
    Natixis, France
    Nedbank, South Africa
    Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
    Pictet & Cie, Switzerland
    Planters Development Bank, Philippines
    Rabobank, Netherlands
    Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB), Austria
    RePay International, Netherlands
    Robeco, Netherlands
    SAM Group, Switzerland
    Saudi ORIX Leasing Company, Saudi Arabia
    SEB Vilniaus Bankas, Lithuania
    Shanghai International Banking and Finance Institute, China
    Shinhan Bank, South Korea
    Standard Chartered, United Kingdom
    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Japan
    Turk Ekonomi Bankasi (TEB), Turkey
    Unibanco, Brazil
    UniCredit, Italy
    WestLB, Germany
    XacBank, Mongolia
    YES Bank, India
    Zurich Cantonal Bank, Switzerland

  • For more information, please contact:

    Azmar Sukandar Financial Times
    Phone: +852 2905 5519
    Lucie Giraud International Finance Corporation
    Phone: +12024584662

    For more from this organization:

    International Finance Corporation


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