Minimising our negative impact on the environment and proactively promoting a sustainable way of doing business is an integral part of our business strategy – not only in connection with our lending operations or the provisioning of financial services to our clients, but also in our own day-to-day operations.
We adhere to the following key principles to continuously improve our environmental performance:
- Identifying environmental aspects and impacts of our business activity
- Developing and implementing measures to mitigate environmental impact
- Using resources as efficiently as possible
- Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and international standards
- Raising environmental awareness among our staff
- Minimising environmental and social impact of our lending operations
- Encouraging our clients to invest in an environmentally sound way
Our vision of development entails social and environmentally conscious management, the dissemination of technologies and knowledge and the creation of jobs. This is why we support businesses which, like us, have realised that economic growth should not be achieved at the expense of the environment.
To accomplish this, we have developed and implemented a comprehensive environmental management system (EMS) that is based on three pillars. Not only does it aim to reduce both the internal and external environmental impact of the ProCredit group, it also promotes loans and investments that have a positive impact on the environment.
Environmental Management in the ProCredit Group
Internal environmental management system
Internal environmental management relates to all in-house measures taken to reduce the group’s environmental impact. In 2015, the ProCredit group decreased its GHG emissions by 10% compared to 2014.
Management of environmental and social risk in lending
We are committed to financing environmentally and socially sound projects and only work with companies that do not put the environment, and the health and safety of their staff at risk. We assess the environmental and social risk related to each business loan application.
We have designed and promote green loans to support investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental protection.
You can learn more about our EMS and our results achieved so far here.
The key to successful implementation of our EMS is anchoring it within our institutions
As the graphs below show, strategic decisions regarding the EMS are taken by the Group Environmental Steering Committee and implemented by the Group Environmental Management Team, which also facilitates the introduction and expansion of the EMS in all our banks. At the bank level, the individual environmental committees are responsible for all strategic decisions. Coordinators are assigned by the banks for each pillar in order to ensure the full institutionalisation of the EMS.
Environmental Management System at group level
Environmental Management System at bank level
Strengthening and further developing our EMS requires significant staff involvement and participation at all levels of the ProCredit group. Therefore, continuous staff training, internal awareness raising and in-house expertise are key components of our business philosophy in general and our environmental management approach in particular.
As part of our efforts to continuously improve our environmental management performance, the ProCredit banks have either already obtained or are in the process of obtaining certification of conformity with the international standard ISO 14 001. In addition, the four ProCredit institutions located in Germany, i.e. ProCredit Holding AG & Co. KGaA, ProCredit Bank AG, ProCredit Academy GmbH and Quipu GmbH, have obtained Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) validation of their environmental management systems.