Financial sector responsibility: The state of the art

The report discusses how greater transparency in implementing the Equator Principles can enable NGO’s to provide a fuller regulatory role, of this voluntary approach to Social and Environmental risk management.

The improved dialogue between NGOs and Financial Institutions that have been brought about through intitatives such as the Equator Principles.

The growing need to recognise that employees awareness of their personal accountability if growing, and employees are increasingly unprepared to compromise their ethics and standards in the workplace.

This special report is designed to offer the reader insights into how major institutions are responding to the sustainable development agenda. Also covered are increased expectations on business transparency and the role of regulators.

An interesting Case study discussed in the Report is the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline – which is now transporting oil from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.

The $4 billion project showed how difficult it can be to address the social impacts of large infrastructure projects, such as the resettlement of local people and their compensation.
In Turkey, 300 villages were cleared during the building of the pipeline. Compensating villagers involved negotiating complex local laws – one piece of land was owned by 800 different people – and the fact that 70% of affected land owners had no legal right to compensation.
BP managed to compensate all land owners, but still there were disputes over what villagers were entitled to – for example, whether corn compensation was to be calculated at cost or market value, and over three years or just one. These disputes show how messy project finance can be on the ground.

The free PDF version of Ethical Corporation’s special 44-page report, Financial sector responsibility: The state of the art, is available to download at: www.ethicalcorp.com/fsr/

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