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Standard Chartered leads first green loan in Middle East for DP World

Brand View: This is the first green loan in the Middle East region with an Islamic format that links pricing to environmental performance in this way

Standard Chartered leads first green loan in Middle East for DP World
Standard Chartered Bank has been operating in the UAE for the past six decades.

Standard Chartered Bank has lead the coordination of DP World Limited’s repricing and extension of its $2 billion Conventional and Murabaha revolving credit facilities by 2 years to July 2023.

This transaction is structured such that the margin of the facility is linked to DP World’s carbon emissions intensity where the Company is incentivised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. A total of 19 banks supported DP World in this innovative financing structure, with Standard Chartered leading as Green Coordinator.

This is the first green loan in the Middle East region with an Islamic format that links pricing to environmental performance in this way. The transaction is a first-of-its-kind and aligns with the bank’s sustainable lending principles.

“DP World operates in more than 40 countries across six continents, enabling trade through its marine and inland terminals. As a trade-focused bank that is active in many of the same markets, and with similar views on ensuring that we have a positive impact on economies and communities, Standard Chartered is proud to partner with DP World in a transaction that promotes sustainability,” said Mohamed Salama, head of global banking, Standard Chartered, UAE.

“Standard Chartered Bank has been operating in the UAE for the past six decades and our heritage in the UAE is testament to our commitment towards the country and its importance for us as a group,” he added.

“We are delighted to be the first company in the Middle East region to link environmental performance to pricing in this way. This shows DP World’s pioneering efforts in the region’s capital markets as well as sustainability and innovation.” Said Yuvraj Narayan, Group CFO, DP World.

“As a global trade enabler, our ambition is to lead the industry for all our stakeholders, and we continue to integrate sustainable best practice into every aspect of our business, which includes finance. By linking our core banking facility to our environmental performance, we will continue to improve our efficiency on greenhouse emissions and show our commitment to sustainability and the environment,” he added.

Earlier this year, Standard Chartered has published a new Sustainability Philosophy that sets out how the bank integrates sustainability into its organisational decision-making and how it will work with its clients, suppliers, NGOs and governments in its markets - how the bank addresses the balance between supporting business and economic growth, and protecting the environment.

Standard Chartered aims to be a force for good by working with its clients to improve their sustainability performance. This will further strengthen and develop the bank’s long-term relationships with its clients, contributing to their competitive advantage and promoting sustainable economic growth in the communities and markets served by the bank.


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