Sustainability

Sustainability – assessment of environmental, social and human rights issues
(1 - 2 days)

Environmental, social and increasingly also human rights aspects are playing an ever more important role in projects with international funding as well as export finance and insurance and are becoming a matter of public concern. Additionally, these aspects gain more and more importance for viability and risk assessments, too.

In our one or two-day training courses on the subject “Sustainability – assessment of environmental, social and human rights issues” we take this development into account. The training course can be tailored to your needs, it includes theoretical background knowledge as well as practical examples and exercises and will be completed by a comprehensive case study.

In the theoretical part we will give you a brief overview of the main features of export credit guarantees as well as the practical relevance of the assessment of environmental, social and human rights issues. Besides, you will learn all you need to know about international environmental and social standards (e.g. IFC Performance Standards), the OECD Common Approaches, the Equator Principles and the monitoring process. In addition to that, the main features of an environmental and social management system and its possible integration into business processes will be explained.

Practical examples and exercises bring variety to the theoretical part. It goes without saying that there will also be enough time to answer your questions and give explanations. If necessary, the topics prevention of bribery, current trends (e.g. climate protection and human rights) as well as an interactive case study can be added to the training course. All training topics can be designed to meet your specific needs and requirements.

“Sustainability – assessment of environmental, social and human rights issues” is a training course offered by Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft.

Objectives

  • Realising the practical relevance of the assessment of environmental, social and human rights issues
  • Understanding and applying international environmental and social standards
  • Understanding the OECD Common Approaches and thus the requirements of OECD export credit agencies
  • Gaining initial application experience through practical exercises and a case study
  • Information about current trends and developments
  • Putting the theoretical skills acquired to practical use

Programme content (1-2 days)

Background and relevance

  • The basics of the (German) Export Credit Guarantees
  • The reasons for the consideration of environmental, social and human rights standards
  • Practical relevance

International environmental and social standards

  • World Bank Operational Safeguard Policies / World Bank Environmental and Social Standards
  • IFC Performance Standards
  • Equator Principles

OECD Common Approaches

  • Scope of application and definitions
  • Assessment process
  • Screening
  • Categorisation
  • Project and associated facilities
  • Exercise: categorisation
  • Assessment and reference standards
  • Information search and information sources
  • Exercise: relevant environmental, social and human rights issues
  • Publication / transparency
  • Environmental, social and human rights aspects in connection with Untied Loan Guarantees
  • Cooperation with other ECAs

Monitoring

  • Requirements of the Common Approaches, IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, etc.
  • Monitoring process
  • Drafting of monitoring requirements
  • Dealing with deviations

Current trends

  • Human rights – National Action Plan
  • Climate protection – coal-fired power stations / renewable energy
  • Development and implementation of environmental and social management systems (ESMS)

Case study and role game

Prevention of bribery

  • Definition and criminal liability
  • Recommendation on Bribery and Officially Supported Export Credits
  • Enhanced due diligence