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07.08.2018

In a changing world, sustainable lending is reshaping the financial landscape

As the UN has recognised, it will not be possible to build a greener future unless the private sector and the world of finance play their part.

What options are available to companies that want to combine financing with sustainable development?

Two options are currently available: the first is the 'green bond', by the end of 2017 there were USD 895 billion green bonds in circulation, and the second option are the ‘sustainability-linked’ loans or ‘positive impact’ loans, for companies that may be reluctant to issue securities or do not have specific projects to finance.

Originally a well-kept secret, this method of financing is growing fast.

Cecile Moitry, Director of Sustainable Finance and Investment at BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking, says: "The total volume of EUR 4.5 billion of syndicated loans in 2017 was surpassed by the middle of February this year."

In short, sustainability-linked loans are put together as standard loan agreements in terms of their pricing and risk, but they are then matched with green targets and assessed for their achievement of these by a third party. What happens when the target is reached? The company receives a discount. If they miss their target, they have to pay a ‘penalty’.

In October last year, the mail service bpost was the first to sign up to one of these loans and was soon joined by others: Danone recently incorporated ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance – editor's note) criteria when refinancing a EUR 2 billion credit facility.

Some want to take the concept even further

Why should the green risk not be assessed in the same way as operational risk, for example? Regulators are playing their part, encouraging companies to be more transparent in their sustainability strategies. Companies raising finance in this way and which are therefore involved in this approach should be subject to less stringent risk acceptance criteria.

But is this a good way of encouraging companies in their energy transition efforts? There are other levers that can be used. And banks can make a difference through their commitment, and by helping their customers develop new business models.

Read the full article (available in English only)

Source: CIB BNP Paribas
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16.09.2020

Our bank sponsors the Export Lion Awards for the first time

On 23 September, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) will be hosting the 19th Export Lion Awards, an event that celebrates Flemish companies with outstanding export results. BNP Paribas Fortis is happy to support this initiative.

 

About FIT

In 2005, the Flemish government established the Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) agency to promote international business in Flanders. FIT was the result of a merger of Export Flanders and the Flemish Service for Investment. The organisation aims to promote international entrepreneurship in Flemish companies, particularly SMEs.

FIT has its headquarters in Brussels and has 96 offices worldwide, five of which are based in Flanders. The agency provides information and assistance to Flemish investors and exporters free of charge.

Partnership with BNP Paribas Fortis

This year FIT is organising the 19th Export Lion Awards on Wednesday 23 September, an event that puts Flemish companies with exceptional export results in the spotlight. As the number one import and export bank, BNP Paribas Fortis is pleased to support this event as a sponsor. We are highly committed to our encouragement of Belgian exporting companies, and therefore the economy in general. Our many years of expertise in international trade finance and our global network of experts make us the perfect partner for companies with (future) international operations.

"We are proud that Belgium is one of the top 15 export countries in the world, and we are happy to give our exporters a boost by sponsoring the Export Lion Awards", Frank Haak, Head of Sales Global Trade Solutions at BNP Paribas Fortis, says.

Everything you need to know about the event

  • What? Sparkling online award ceremony followed by a virtual networking event
  • Where? At 6 locations and live from Ghent
  • When? Wednesday 23 September, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Entry fee?Free, but advance registration is recommended

Do not miss this inspiring evening!

You will receive an email with a link to the event's live stream a day before the award ceremony.

News

05.05.2020

BNP Paribas Group, first quarter 2020 results

Excellent business drive in the quarter impacted by an unprecedented health crisis

The health crisis has had major repercussions on macroeconomic outlook and produced extreme shocks on the financial markets. After a quarter in line with the 2020 objectives of BNP Paribas, health crisis related developments had several major negative impacts on the first quarter 2020.

Commenting on these results, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Laurent Bonnafé stated:
“In response to the health crisis, the Group’s teams have mobilised around the world to contribute to the functioning of the economy and its financing. Our concerns have been to protect our employees who are fully mobilised to ensure banking services, to quickly implement solutions to support the financing of our corporate, institutional and individual clients, and to launch in all regions where we are present a plan for emergency donations to the hospital sector and organisations committed to assist vulnerable people.
At the end of a quarter supported by an excellent business drive, in line with its 2020 objectives, the results of BNP Paribas for the 1st quarter 2020 were impacted by the harshness of the health crisis. The good resilience of revenues and results despite this shock demonstrates the robustness of the Group’s diversified and integrated model. With all teams at BNP Paribas, whose I want to thank tireless commitment to serving customers and providing support to society, we will continue our efforts to mitigate the impact of the crisis on the economy and prepare for the future.”

Press Release: https://invest.bnpparibas.com/documents/1q20-pr-23455

News

20.10.2019

Test it here: how sustainable is your organisation?

BNP Paribas Fortis' Sustainable Business Competence Centre (SBCC), which helps companies transition to a sustainable business model, has developed a test to help you determine your company's progress in achieving sustainability. You can set to work immediately with the results of this test.

As Belgium's largest bank, BNP Paribas Fortis wants to drive socio-economic development in our country. This development requires companies to transition to a sustainable business model. As this is not particularly straightforward, BNP Paribas Fortis wants to make its expertise available to its customers.

One of the SBCC's initiatives is a brand-new test aimed at corporates, SMEs and institutional customers. The test consists of 15 questions relating to the steps you need to take to become more sustainable: awareness, diagnosis, quick wins, business model and cooperation and innovation. Once you have finished the test, you will receive the results in your mailbox instantly.

The SBCC uses your answers to make practical recommendations for your journey towards more sustainable entrepreneurship. In addition, we have all the resources needed to guide you throughout your transition from start to finish:

  • technological expertise in high-tech, ICT, biotech, medtech, clean and green tech, and more
  • a network of companies and business associates
  • financial products and services that facilitate the transition to a sustainable model

Is your organisation ready for a sustainable future?

TAKE THE TEST

News

01.08.2019

BNP Paribas Group, second quarter 2019 results

The business of BNP Paribas was up this quarter in a context where economic growth remained positive in Europe but slowed down, implying expectations of a continued low interest rate environment.

Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé:
BNP Paribas delivered in the first half an increase in net income at 4.4 billion euros. Revenues were up thanks to business growth in the operating divisions. Operating expenses were well contained and benefitted from the transformation plan, generating a positive jaws effect. The common equity Tier 1 ratio rose to 11.9%, illustrating the Group’s solid balance sheet. New digital experiences rolled out for customers are a success and the Group is actively executing its ambitious policy of engagement in society. I would like to thank all the employees of the Group for their dedicated efforts to achieve these good results.



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