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銀行にも「グリーン度」に優劣~最優秀はHSBC

2008年01月25日 23:00

 近年は銀行業界でも、環境保護を重視する方針を掲げたり、具体的な事業に取り組むところが増えている。

 クリスチャン・サイエンス・モニターによると、投資家と環境団体でつくる団体セリーズ(Ceres、本部ボストン)がこのほど、世界の金融大手40社を対象にした「環境保護前進度」の調査結果を発表し、ロンドンを拠点とする金融・銀行グループHSBCが 100点満点中70点でトップとなった。

 HSBCは取締役会に環境監視委員会を設置しているほか、「最高環境責任者」を置き、業務で必要なエネルギーの40%を再生可能なソースから購入している。また、エネルギー効率の改善に9000万ドル、4つの環境団体との提携に1億ドルを投じている。

 米国金融機関では、最高がシティコープの59点で、バンク・オブ・アメリカが56点で続いた。シティコープは昨年5月、向こう10年間に500億ドルを投じて温暖化対策に取り組むと発表した。バンカメも同じ期間に200億ドルを投じるほか、08年は融資関係の炭素排出量増加率を04年比で7%縮小することを目指している。

 セリーズ報告書によると、世界の金融40社は合わせて約100件に上る気候変動、関連規制がらみの報告書および投資戦略を発表している。また28行は独自で温暖化ガス排出量を算出し、24行は社内の削減目標を設定、29行は代替エネルギー導入を支援している。

 しかし、調査対象のうち評価が50点以下の金融機関は過半数を占め、中間得点は42点となっている。最下位はバンク・オブ・チャイナの4点で、インダストリアル・バンク・オブ・チャイナも8点にとどまった。また、取締役会レベルで問題に取り組んでいるのは 12社のみで、米銀行ではわずか1社。貸出ポートフォリオに炭素リスクを加えているのも6社だけだった。

(2008/01/25 U.S. FrontLine News, Inc.)
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HSBC Donates Funds For Climate Research

2007年05月31日 12:00

HSBC announced yesterday that it was creating a five-year, $100 million partnership with four environmental groups to conduct global warming research.

The project, which is the largest-ever donation by a British firm, according to the banking company, would promote research in several areas, including the challenges cities and forests face.

The research is to be led by the Climate Group, Earthwatch Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the World Wildlife Fund.

Paul Lawrence, president and chief executive of HSBC Bank USA, said the company was sensitive to issues of global warming because it has operations in 82 countries and 100 million clients.

"We're uniquely poised to see across a number of economies how climate change is affecting a number of countries," Lawrence said. He said the bank would no longer finance deals that have a negative impact on the environment.

The initiative includes the largest-ever field experiment on forests to assess the effects of global warming. The partnership is to focus on New York, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai and Shanghai. At least four major rivers, the Amazon, Ganges, Thames and Yangtze, are to be included in the research project.

Christopher Walker, U.S. director of the Climate Group, said it made sense to focus climate change efforts on some of the cities where his group operates.

"Many of the solutions lie in cities -- concentrations of capital, decision makers, opinion formers and population," Walker said in a statement.

(2007/5/31 Washington Post)

2007年 FT サステイナブル・バンキング賞

2007年04月02日 08:30

Short List Selected for 2007 FT Sustainable Banking Awards

In Washington, DC
Lucie Giraud
Phone: +1 (202) 458-4662
Email:
lgiraud@ifc.org

LONDON, April 2, 2007-
The Financial Times and IFC today announced the short list of banks nominated for the 2007 FT Sustainable Banking Awards. Selected from 151 entries representing more than 100 banks in 51 countries, the diverse nominees reflect the rising importance of sustainable banking around the world, especially in the emerging markets.


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, environmental, and corporate governance objectives into their operations.


The judging panel, which includes leading figures involved in sustainable finance and development, met last week in London to short-list banks for each of the five categories of awards. For the first time, the awards also highlight regional leadership under the Emerging Markets category. The 2007 nominees are:

Sustainable Bank of the Year (5 nominees)

  • ABN Amro
  • Bank Sarasin
  • Barclays
  • HSBC
  • Standard Chartered Bank
Emerging Markets Sustainable Bank of the Year (8 nominees – two for each region)
  • ABN Amro Bank India
  • Banco ABN Amro Real, Brazil
  • Banco do Brasil, Brazil
  • Dexia Banka Slovensko, Slovakia
  • DFCU, Uganda
  • Industrial Bank, China
  • Nedbank, South Africa
  • SEB Vilniaus Bankas, Lithuania
Sustainable Bankers of the Year (5 nominees)
  • Banco do Brasil, Brazil
  • Barclays, United Kingdom
  • Center-Invest Bank, Russia
  • Citi India
  • Compartamos/Banamex, Mexico
Sustainable Deal of the Year
  • Deutsche Bank/Goldman Sachs (International Finance Facility for Immunisation)
  • Glitnir Bank, Iceland (Geothermal heating system in China)
  • Industrial Bank, China (Financing products for energy efficiency projects)
  • Kookmin Bank, South Korea (Transit system)
  • WestLB, Germany (Industrial waste treatment plant in Mexico)
Achievement in Carbon Finance
  • Banco Sumitomo Mitsui Brasileiro, Brazil (CER transaction involving 10 CDM projects)
  • Carbon Capital Markets, United Kingdom (Private equity funds)
  • Climate Change Capital, United Kingdom (C4F2 carbon fund)
  • Innovest/JP Morgan, United States-Canada-United Kingdom (JENI Carbon Beta bond index)
  • Raiffeisen Zentralbank, Austria (Nitrous oxide emission reduction project)
The judging panel will meet again in June to pick the winners in each category.

Winners will be announced 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, will take place earlier in the day.


Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, commented: “The impressive short list reflects the diversity of financial institutions entering the 2007 awards, and we hope the continued growth of this program brings more attention to the issues of sustainability in finance and sparks further discussions on how banks around the world can advance in this area.”

“Consideration of sustainability issues by financial institutions is now moving into the mainstream,” said Lars Thunell, head of IFC.  “The number of entries to this competition and the quality of the short list show that more and more banks see the benefits of integrating sustainability into their business.”


The judging panel includes leading figures involved in sustainable finance and development:

  • John Willman, U.K. business editor, Financial Times (panel co-chair)
  • Lars Thunell, head, 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, cofounder, Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia
Leading consultancy Sustainable Finance Ltd. are technical advisers on the awards.

For further information on the awards programme and the conference, please go to
www.ft.com/sustainablebanking.

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