Project detail - Eco-Business I Sub-Fund

Eco-Business I Sub-Fund

Status: Investment in contracting phase
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Who is our prospective customer?

Eco-Business Fund is a Luxembourg-based open-ended investment fund managed by Finance in Motion. It comprises two sub-funds, each with a distinct regional focus. Eco-Business Fund I concentrates on investments in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, while Eco-Business Fund II targets Sub-Saharan Africa.

What is our funding objective?

EBF I’s core focus is to promote business and consumption practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of resources, and to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts. This is predominantly done by offering debt products to local FIs which in turn on-lend to businesses that are either certified by sustainability standards or seek funding for specific green products. To a limited extent, the fund further provides debt to corporates with a strong impact mandate. The main sectors include agriculture, fishery, forestry and tourism.

Why do we want to fund this investment?

The Fund allows FMO to expand its green portfolio by investing in biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. This is in line with FMO’s 2030 Strategy which aims to invest USD 10bln in SDG 13 by 2030.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

EBF I has been classified as an E&S A risk in accordance with FMO’s Sustainability Policy. The categorization is not solely based on the Fund’s use-of-proceeds but takes a holistic view on each of the Fund’s portfolio companies. The portfolio companies include large financial institutions which have exposure to corporate and project finance and high-risk sectors, as well as medium to medium-high risk projects in the agricultural sector. The portfolio companies’ E&S risks can be magnified by the regional context in the Latin America and the Caribbean region including risk of lax enforcement of environmental and social legislation, high deforestation and biodiversity loss, pollution by agrochemicals, poor labour conditions, and conflict with indigenous communities. EBF I addresses these risks through strict investment and eligibility criteria and the implementation of an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS). EBF’s ESMS is operated by a team of E&S specialists and considers the application of the EDFI Exclusion List, IFC Performance Standards, and local E&S laws and regulations.

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