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1 Microfinance and the environment The experience of the MFI sustainability guidance 30 th November 2010 Alberic Pater Triodos Facet

2 Consultancy firm promoting sustainable banking and SME development in developing countries & emerging economies Part of the Triodos Group, innovator of sustainable banking Headquarters: Zeist, the Netherlands Representative offices in Africa, Latin America, Easten Europe, Asioa 30 professional staff consultants Triodos Facet

3 Triple bottom line reporting EE / RE financing Social and environmental risk management MFI / SME banks Triodos Facet Sustainability Performance Management

4 What can we as investor do to improve the environmental, health & safety impact of microfinance clients? The objectives of FMO

5 Help MFIs to develop & implement a social & environmental risk management system 2006 – 2008: Face to face trainings to more than 50 MFIs 2009: Develop e-learning toolkit to support MFIs during implementation phase. The objectives of FMO

6 Awareness raising / Training Integrate E&S management in existing systems Guiding management & offer practical tool for loan officers Help clients improve their impact, instead of excluding them Focus on clients in risky sectors The principles of the toolkit

7 What are social & environmental risks? Why are these risks relevant for MFIs? 1. Get prepared What are risks in my portfolio? What do my stakeholders think? Plan & implement a pilot project 2. Proceed to action Develop an E&S policy Implementation plan Evaluate E&S management system 3. Implement successfully The structure of the toolkit

8 Awareness raising

9 Simplifying E&S risks

10 Exercise: recognising E&S risks

11 Exercise: recognising E&S risks

12 Why E&S management: case study

13 Why E&S management: reality check

14 Integrating E&S in the loan cycle

15 Assessing E&S risks

16 Assessing E&S risks

17 Assessing risks at client level

18 Planning the pilot project

19 Develop E&S policy and roll-out

20 Checklist and planning tool

21 Several MFIs have used it, positive feedback on practical approach icons, photo tools, factsheets, step-by-step approach Basix India: pilot with “peer group approach” Particularly for MFIs with small enterprise portfolio rather than “traditional” microfinance. Useful for awareness raising and addressing “low hanging fruit” at client level Reflections on E&S toolkit

22 Interesting prototype. Maintain the practical and step-wise approach Additional modules to be developed: Offer client-interaction courses for loan officers Sustainable product development module (energy/water efficiency) Client protection module The future of E&S toolkit

23 MFIs are interested, but low urgency to address E&S issues Loads of other priorities Business case is longer-term Higher management champion is important Donors / investors have not really addressed E&S issues beyond the level of exclusion lists Addressing E&S by MFIs

24 Alberic Pater Thank you for your attention Any questions?


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