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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Equator Principles Banks: The New Global Regulators of Environmental and Social Performance

So, you are confident you can make a business case to your financier as to why they ought to invest in your mining project. You are also sure your project will meet regulatory requirements of local governments. It is a good start, but thanks to a paradigm shift in global regulation of mining activity, it is probably not enough. To get a project off the ground, many mining proponents will also need to demonstrate compliance with the environmental and social regulations of their financiers in accordance with the Equator Principles (EP).

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Human Rights Due Diligence and the Equator Principles

The 2012 IFC Performance Standards (as referred to in the Equator Principles) states that in “limited high risk circumstances” it may be appropriate for the Client to complement its environmental and social risks and impacts identification process with specific human rights due diligence.  This article will describe these requirements which have significance for the Equator Principles.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Addressing Substantial Legal Restrictions on Freedom of Association in Equator Principles Projects

Freedom of Association may be substantially restricted by law in some countries. This reality creates complex challenges for Equator Principles (EP) implementation, since the requirements of the Equator Principles require compliance with host country laws and in some cases addressing the overlapping and interrelating requirements of the IFC Performance Standards on Environmental & Social Sustainability (IFC Performance Standards). 

As we discuss in this article, the IFC Performance Standards establish standards for the protection of Freedom of Association rights, even in circumstances where the law substantially interferes with those rights.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Climate Conversations - Norway’s government pension fund divests from palm oil producers

Norway’s government pension fund – one of the world’s largest – has withdrawn US$314 million in investments from a string of companies that it says produce palm oil “unsustainably”.

As AlertNet reports, in March, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global released its 2012 Annual Report announcing that it had sold its stakes in 23 of the world’s largest palm oil companies, reducing its investments in the Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil industry by more than 40 percent.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Listed Magazine: "Shifting The Equator" by Sandra Odendahl

Sandra Odendahl, director of corporate sustainability at RBC writes in Listed Magazine that Equator Principles banks use to assess the social and environmental impact of major resource-based projects they finance might soon look very, very different. 

Article Note, these views are Sandra's own, not necessarily those of RBC.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Keewatin v Ontario: Court of Appeal affirms Ontario’s unilateral ability to take up treaty lands

Indian Art2Jocelyn Kearney of Norton Rose, one of the authors of IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability: A Guidebook, writes about a recent key decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal that will have implications for the understanding of indigenous rights and the duty to consult in Canada. This development should be of interest to Equator Principles banks grappling with the meaning of Free Prior and Informed Consent, which is now part of the IFC Performance Standards requirements, which must be interpreted with consideration to the well developed legal concepts from which its meaning derives.