Sustainable Development Investment guidelines

The evaluation of Sustainable Development impact forms an integral part of the ECP Investment Process, including due diligence, Investment Committee membership and Terms of Reference, investment approval and portfolio monitoring processes and criteria.  

The Sustainable Development Investment Guidelines are integral to this process and set out ‘no-go’ areas into which the advised Funds will not invest and minimum standards based upon international best practices which all Fund investments should meet.

Minimum standards include development and construction projects which meet the Equator Principles and related standards set out in the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards, Industry Sector Guidelines and General Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines.  The Sustainable Development Investment Guidelines exclude investments which significantly impact or undertake land conversion activities in:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites (unless the activities pre-date the UNESCO designation)
  • Primary Forest 
  • High Conservation Value Forest, unless the Precautionary Principle is applied and conservation-based management plans which deliver preservation or enhancement of the high conservation values are implemented
  • Endangered species habitats
  • Wetlands on the Ramsar list
  • Critical Natural Habitats (as defined by the World Bank)
  • Participate in cross-border trade in waste and waste products unless compliant with the Basel Convention and underlying regulation

ECP, as adviser to the Funds,  will engage with investee companies / projects and other stakeholders to work towards the implementation of sustainable business practices. 

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