Singapore’s DBS Becomes the First Bank in Southeast Asia to Adopt Responsible Financing Framework

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Singapore’s DBS becomes First Bank in Southeast Asia to Adopt Responsible Financing Framework

DBS, Southeast Asia’s largest banking group, announced on Monday that it has adopted the Equator Principles (EPs), a framework for responsible financing in infrastructure projects.

This will allow it to test its funded large-scale infrastructure projects according to environmental and social standards, as reported by Singapore Business Review.

“We are proud to be the first bank in Singapore and Southeast Asia to be a signatory to the Equator Principles. The Principles thrive on being singularly focused on avoiding and mitigating impacts arising from asset-level financing,” said Tan Su Shan, group head of institutional banking group at DBS.

Green infrastructure financing. Image:
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The Temasek-linked bank joins a list of 101 financial institutions from 38 countries that have signed up to the EPs.

Tan Su Shan, DBS’ group head of institutional banking group, said the bank believed that the region would “see significant infrastructure development over the next few years and financing will play a central role”.

“As that happens, we acknowledge the importance of incorporating environmental and societal considerations into our lending decisions, and to managing our business in a balanced and responsible way, contributing to a more sustainable future,” said Tan to

According to IBS Intelligence, In the area of responsible financing, this year, the bank is expected to close more than S$4 billion of sustainable finance transactions comprising green loans, sustainability performance-linked loans and renewable energy financing.


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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