In this policy statement, we commit to:
Comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and codes of practice in the countries where we operate.
Manage and mitigate the direct environmental impacts of our internal operations and reduce our carbon footprint through the implementation of an internal environmental management system (EMS).
Develop environmental targets and objectives as part of the implementation of our internal Environmental Management System (EMS) and ensure that these are aligned with local and regional environmental targets and international goals, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Reduce the indirect environmental impacts of our lending and commercial activities and manage our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks in lending activities through the application of the Equator Principles, which we are signatory to.
Seek to develop innovative financial products and services which will support the development of renewable energy and sustainable business and lend, invest and facilitate financing for projects which are focused on environmentally sustainable activities.
Apply the principles of sustainability in our procurement policy and supply chain management and outline minimum requirements for our vendors to conduct their business in a responsible way.
Provide training and engagement programmes to enhance environmental awareness and encourage our employees to understand the importance of incorporating environmental considerations within their daily business activities.
Monitor and continuously improve our environmental performance.