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

Washington, D.C.
Lucie Giraud
Phone: +1 (202) 458-4662

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


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

1st Valley Bank, Philippines
ABN AMRO, Netherlands
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 Itaś, 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

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Azmar Sukandar, Financial Times
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