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Shortlist Announced for 2013 Sustainable Finance Awards

The Financial Times and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have announced the shortlist for the 2013 FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards.

The awards, now in their eighth year, are the benchmark for financial institutions that integrate environmental, social and corporate governance considerations into their operations. The Sustainable Finance Awards also highlight partnerships with non-financial institutions that implement innovative and commercially viable solutions to help solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

The 2013 awards attracted a record 254 entries from 161 financial institutions and 50 non-financial groups in 59 countries.

The shortlisted nominees are as follows:

Sustainable Bank of the Year

Africa/Middle East

Bank of Palestine, West Bank
BMCE Bank, Morocco
Standard Bank, South Africa


Banco Santander Brasil, Brazil
Caixa Económica Federal, Brazil
Grupo Financiero Banorte, Mexico

Asia Pacific

Industrial Bank, China
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Japan
YES Bank, India


Commercial Bank Center-Invest, Russia
GLS Bank, Germany
Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB)

Sustainable Global Bank of the Year

Banco Santander, Spain
Morgan Stanley, USA
Standard Chartered, UK

Sustainable Investor of the Year

Aavishkaar Venture Management Services, India
Aloe Private Equity, UK
Bridges Ventures, UK
EcoEnterprises Fund, Costa Rica
Impax Asset Management, UK
LeapFrog Investments, Australia
Root Capital, USA

Sustainable Investment of the Year

Actis, UK
Banco Itaú BBA, Brazil
M-KOPA, Kenya
Morgan Stanley, USA
Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, Singapore
WHEB Partners, Germany
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), UK

Technology in Sustainable Finance

Etisalat, UAE
FINO PayTech, India
Grupo Financiero Banorte, Mexico
M-KOPA, Kenya
Solarkiosk, Germany

Achievement in Inclusive Business

Alqueria Dairy, Colombia
Interswitch, Nigeria
Kenya Tea Development Agency
Manila Water, Philippines
Universitaria Minuto de Dios, Colombia

“We are delighted at the record response to this year’s awards programme. From the high quality of the entries, it is clear that an increasing number of financial institutions along with non-financial partners in sustainability are finding innovative and effective solutions to some very urgent environmental and social challenges,” said Martin Dickson, FT US Managing Editor and Co-Chair of the awards judging panel. “The judges are looking forward to what is set to be a stimulating review of the shortlist over the next few weeks.”

Fellow Co-Chair Nena Stoiljkovic, IFC Vice President, Business Advisory Services, said: “The awards recognise the growing ranks of companies that are using sustainable finance to add tangible value to their businesses while they address climate change, create jobs and advance economic opportunities for poor people in developing countries.”

The winners in each category will be announced at a special dinner at the InterContinental London Park Lane on 13 June 2013.

The awards judging panel consists of:

Martin Dickson, US Managing Editor, Financial Times (co-chair)

Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President, Business Advisory Services, IFC (co-chair)

Fabio Barbosa, CEO, Grupo Abril

James Cameron, Non-Executive Chairman, Climate Change Capital

James Gifford, Executive Director, UN PRI

David Harris, Director, FTSE ESG

Mary-Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking

Chris Locke, Managing Director, GSMA Development Fund

  • PwC is technical advisor to the programme.
  • The awards dinner will conclude the 2013 FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference, a full-day gathering of major decision-makers, strategists and visionaries. Confirmed speakers for the Conference include:
  • Jin-Yong Cai, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC
  • Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
  • Jack Ehnes, CEO, CalSTRS
  • James Cameron, Non-Executive Chairman, Climate Change Capital
  • Nicko Debenham, Director, Head of Cocoa, Armajaro Trading
  • Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citigroup
  • Joost Oorthuizen, CEO, IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • Nick Rouse, Managing Director, Frontier Markets Fund Managers
  • Alex van der Velden, Partner and CIO, Ownership Capital

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For further information, please contact:

Sin Yee Hon
Financial Times, London
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 3811
E: sinyee.hon@ft.com

Julie Ziegler, IFC
Washington DC
T: +1 (202) 473 0128
E: JZiegler1@ifc.org

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 600,000 (Deloitte assured, Q1 2013). FT.com has over 328,000 paying digital subscribers and the newspaper has a global print circulation of 273, 047 (ABCs, March 2013). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 34% of FT.com traffic and 15% of digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 25 of the world’s top 50 business schools.

About IFC:

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

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