VLS Morocco II



Project number:


Business sector:

Manufacturing and Services

Notice type:


Approval date:

02 Oct 2019



PSD disclosed:

17 Sep 2019

Project Description

An additional long-term loan to Varroc Lighting Morocco (VLS Morocco), a tier-1 automotive component company incorporated in Morocco, to finance its operations at the Tangiers Automotive City (TAC).

Project Objectives

The Project supports the expansion of VLS Morocco's recently finished greenfield automotive lighting manufacturing facility and comes after the company won additional orders from its OEM customers.

This is the Bank's second project with VLS Morocco. In June 2018, the Bank provided a loan to finance the establishment of the new facility.

Transition Impact

Inclusion: The Project will promote access of women and young people to economic opportunities by increasing female participation in a male-dominated sector and by supporting the establishment of a new cooperation programme with a local education provider.

Competitiveness: The project will introduce non-environmental standards which will be internationally accredited (e.g. ISO certification) and that are currently not widespread in the sector in the country.

Client Information


VLS Morocco is ultimately owned by Varroc Engineering Limited, a global tier-1 automotive component group, established in India and involved in the design, manufacturing and supply of exterior lighting systems, electricals-electronics components, and precision metallic components.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 15,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 45,000,000.00

Environmental and Social Summary

Category B (2014 ESP).  VLS is an existing Client of the Bank and has demonstrated satisfactory compliance with the Bank’s E&S Performance Requirements thus far. E&S Due Diligence (ESDD) has been undertaken by ESD through discussions with VLS’s relevant representatives and a documentation review. ESDD confirmed that the Project is associated with Environmental, Health and Safety and Social (EHSS) risks that are site specific and can be managed and mitigated through the implementation of standard industry practices.  The Company has a sophisticated and well developed series of EHSS risk management policies and practices and these are appropriate for the proposed new facility in Morocco.  The Company operates globally to standards which meet the Bank's Performance Requirements. These standards are going to be implemented to the new facility, which the Client has committed to through the agreed updated E&S Action Plan.

The Company operates globally under management systems certified to ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 and this accreditation will be obtained in Morocco when the plants become operational.  These risk management systems are subject to audit by the client's customers to further evaluate their standards against international best practice.  Risk management staff are present at the corporate level and on-site at the operational level. The new facility is located in an Industrial zone, with all utilities supplied to the site via municipal networks.

Construction contractors will be required to qualify and operate to Varroc's global standards for EHSS issues, and their performance will be managed at all times by on-site Varroc engineers with appropriate authorisations to amend and halt working practices which do not meet the required standards.

Varroc operate a common standard in relation to employment conditions and these have been found to be in line with the Bank's PR2.

The ESAP has been updated to include the new Project with VLS. The Company’s compliance and E&S performance will be monitored through the review of annual reports submitted by the Client.

Technical Cooperation


Company Contact Information

Mohamed L'Baouch

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