Growing opportunities in the resource sector

26 April 2012

ERM teams in across the world report a continuing interest in Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) issues as buyers and sellers seek to manage risks and maximize returns in a challenging economic climate. This is backed by our understanding of the IFC performance standards, which cover this broader agenda. ERM continues to carry out due diligence for international lenders such as the World Bank, IADB and EBRD who want clear evidence that environmental and social issues are being effectively managed.  

By the same token, a growing number of financial institutions who are signatories to the Equator Principles, the voluntary standards relating to social and environmental risk in project financing, are using the standards as the benchmark for all their corporate lending. In essence, we are seeing lenders (and major investors) as levers to “operationalize” environmental and social risk management, which in turn is having an impact on the transaction process and the sustainability performance of the businesses in which they invest.

Embedded is a snapshot of some of the key deals we have worked on over the past year.
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