FIF - TurWiB II - Akbank



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Business sector:

Financial institutions

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Approval date:

14 Jul 2021



PSD disclosed:

17 Jun 2021

Project Description

The EBRD is providing a senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 50 million (or its USD equivalent)  to Akbank T.A.S. ("Akbank") under the Turkey Women in Business II ("TurWiB II"), a blended programme established under the Financial Intermediaries Framework ("FIF") to support financing for women led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to promote women entrepreneurship in Turkey.

Project Objectives

TurWiB II is an integrated and dedicated programme supporting women entrepreneurship and women-led SMEs. EBRD financing will be accompanied by (i) a technical cooperation programme to help Akbank to build their internal capacity to better serve this segment, and (ii) a risk sharing mechanism supported by the Turkish Credit Guarantee Fund ("CGF") to stimulate lending on a sustainable basis. In addition, women entrepreneurs will be provided with advisory, mentorship and networking opportunities, facilitating their access to know-how and non-financial development services, as well as access to markets.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 70

ETI Score: 70

The Project will contribute to Inclusive and Competitive transition impact qualities. The financing will promote and strengthen the role of women-led SMEs in the economy, putting emphasis on under-served women entrepreneurs, including first-time borrowers and those based outside of main commercial centres in Turkey.

The Project further supports the market recovery in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak.

Client Information


Akbank is the 7th largest bank in Turkey by asset size (4th largest amongst private and foreign banks), with total consolidated assets of EUR 53 billion as of December 2020. Akbank is currently rated B2 by Moody's and B+ by Fitch. Sabanci Holding and affiliated institutions and individuals own 48.9% of Akbank and the remaining shares (51.1%) are listed on Borsa Istanbul.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 50,000,000.00

The loan will be provided in two tranches with the first tranche (up to EUR 40 million) provided on committed and the second tranche (up to EUR 10 million) on uncommitted basis.

Total Project Cost

EUR 50,000,000.00


The additionality stems from standard-setting by helping projects and clients to achieve higher standards. Transaction is expected to support Akbank to undertake demonstrable changes in delivery mechanisms, adapt sub-loan terms and to roll out new products to better meet the needs of women-led SMEs, improving access to finance.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Akbank is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9; and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. The EBRD's use of proceeds will finance predominantly Turkish SMEs, for which the overall environmental and social risk level is expected to be low to medium. Akbank has an adequate Environmental and Social Management System in place to manage the risks arising from such portfolio and will have to make sure to implement the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending which are applicable to this portfolio.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

TurWiB II is supported by a TC programme for a total amount of up to EUR 4.13 million funded by the EU-EBRD Private Sector Support Facility, EBRD SSF and Turkey-EBRD Cooperation Fund Account.

Company Contact Information

Akbank Dis Kaynaklar
+90 212 385 62 38
+90 212 281 81 88
Sabanci Center 4. Levent Istanbul 34330

PSD last updated

17 Jun 2021

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

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The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.


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