Green Credit Guidelines

Red LineText of policiesCommentsScore (Well Protected, Partly Protected, Not Protected)
Regulatory requirements
Ensure Legality10. Banks shall develop and improve policies, systems and procedures for E&S risk management, (...) in accordance with national environmental laws and regulations, sector guidelines and sector-specific entry policies.
16. Banks shall (...) ensure that documents and permits submitted by clients are compliant (...).
17. Credit to clients with non-compliant environmental or social performances shall not be approved.
21. Banks shall strengthen E&S risk management for proposed overseas projects, ensure project sponsors are compliant with local environmental, land, health and safety laws and regulations in the project country or region. Banks shall publicly commit to adopt relevant international best practices or standards for the proposed overseas project, ensure the proposed project is consistent with international best practices in essence.
The Green Credit Guidelines require that Chinese banks are in compliance with Chinese national law for domestic loans. For overseas investments, the GCG requires that banks comply with host country law and international norms and best practices, but it does not clearly define which.partly
No Corruption and Tax EvasionCorruption and tax evasion is not discussed in the GCG.not
Ensure ESIA for mills and plantations10. Banks shall develop and improve policies, systems and procedures for E&S risk management, (...) in accordance with national environmental laws and regulations, sector guidelines and sector-specific entry policies.
16. Banks shall (...) ensure that documents and permits submitted by clients are compliant (...).
17. Credit to clients with non-compliant environmental or social performances shall not be approved.
21. Banks shall strengthen E&S risk management for proposed overseas projects, ensure project sponsors are compliant with local environmental, land, health and safety laws and regulations in the project country or region. Banks shall publicly commit to adopt relevant international best practices or standards for the proposed overseas project, ensure the proposed project is consistent with international best practices in essence.
The GCG requires that banks monitor and identify environmental and social risks of clients. However, the GCG does not contain specific language on environmental and social impact assessments, as EIAs are covered in the Environmental Impact Assessment Law of China.partly
Social requirements
Ensure FPICThe GCG does not contain specific reference to ensuring FPIC.not
Respect Human RightsThe GCG does not contain specific reference to ensuring human rights.not
Respect Indigenous rights and customary land use rightsThe GCG does not contain specific reference to ensuring indigenous rights.not
No forced resettlementAlthough the GCG defines resettlement as a major social risk, it does not contain specific language regulating or restricting the forced resettlement of peoples.not
Environmental Requirements
No forest degradation and deforestationThe GCG does not contain specific reference to ensuring no forest degradation and deforestation.not
Protect endangered speciesThe GCG does not contain specific reference to protecting endangered species.not
No high-risk speciesThe GCG does not contain specific reference to protecting high risk species.not
No fireThe GCG does not contain specific reference restricting the use of fire in clearing forest land.not
Protect peatThe GCG does not contain specific reference to protecting peat.not
No persistent pollution19. Banks shall strengthen loan disbursement management. Clients’ management of E&S risk shall become an important basis for banks to make decision on loan disbursement. Throughout the project cycle, including project design, preparation, construction, completion, operations and closure, E&S risk assessment shall be checked systematically. In case of major potential risks, banks may hold or even terminate disbursement of funds.

20. Banks shall strengthen portfolio management. Banks shall develop and implement specific portfolio management measures for clients with major potential E&S risks. Banks should closely follow national policies’ impact on clients’ operational performances, maintain active monitoring and analysis, and make timely adjustment to risk categorization of assets, loan provisioning and loss write-off. Banks shall develop and improve an internal reporting and accountability system for major client E&S risks. In case of major E&S issues, banks should take measures in a timely manner and report to regulators on potential risks that banks are exposed to.
The GCG establishes that banks are responsible for controlling and mitigation pollution from their clients’ activities (Article 19 and 20), but there are no clear criteria.partly
Corporate association / scope of the policy
Corporate association / scope of the policyThe GCG does not necessarily pertain to third parties or parent, sister, or subsidiary companies.not