The establishment of a Supply Chain Solutions Framework (the "Framework") with an overall limit of up to EUR 150 million. Under the Framework, the EBRD will participate through unfunded and funded risk-sharing arrangements ("Facilities") with partner banks ("Partner Banks") in the supply chain finance programmes they extend to large companies known as "aggregators" ("Anchor Buyers") with suppliers based in EBRD countries of operations ("CoOs"). The Framework will cover multiple business sectors.
The objectives of the Framework are threefold: (i) provide suppliers in EBRD CoOs, particularly SMEs, with better and more affordable access to working capital finance; (ii) facilitate the alignment of Anchor Buyers and their suppliers alike (particularly SMEs) with best practice ESG standards that make the supply chains in EBRD CoOs to which they form part more sustainable and resilient and (iii) serve as a mechanism through which the EBRD can provide emergency liquidity to supply chains in its CoOs during crises. Framework headroom will be allocated to Facilities under which the EBRD will undertake funded and/or unfunded risk participations in individual supply chain finance programmes ("Sub-deals").
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Transition impact ("TI") for the Framework and its operations (i.e., Sub-deals) will stem from the Competitive (primary), Well-governed, and Inclusive qualities. Sub-deals will need to target the Competitive quality and one of either the Well-governed or Inclusive qualities. In particular, the Framework will support:
- Competitive: access to affordable and timelier working capital finance and improved standards for integration into sophisticated value chains for suppliers in EBRD CoOs, with a particular focus on SMEs.
- Well-governed: the application of higher ESG standards at the Anchor Buyer and supplier levels, including as it relates to improving climate corporate governance and implementing accountability mechanisms for greening and decarbonising supply chains.
- Inclusive: activities that improve the inclusiveness of Anchor Buyer supply chains and/or improve supplier standards that address specific inclusion gaps in their respective components of their supply chains or countries.
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The additionality of the EBRD's operations under the Framework stems from the EBRD ability to offer a large volume instrument that fills market gap, as supply chain financing is at a relatively nascent stage of development in the EBRD's CoO. Due to the innovative financing structure, EBRD will be in a position to promote the rollout of a financial product in its CoOs that provides affordable, timely, and accessible working capital finance solutions to suppliers. Furthermore, the financing structure mobilises additional commercial funding thereby facilitating more finance to suppliers in EBRD's CoOs, including SMEs. Through its Advice for Small Business programme, EBRD provides expertise, innovation, knowledge and/or capabilities to suppliers in the EBRD CoO that are material to the timely realisation of the project objectives to support the alignment supply chains with best practice ESG standards.
Environmental and Social Summary
The Framework and Facilities are not categorised but the sub-projects (i.e., Sub-deals) will be Category FI (2019). Under the Framework, by sharing the risk of Anchor Buyers through funded and unfunded participations, the Bank will indirectly be exposed to any environmental and social risks associated with the Sub-deals. Therefore, the Partner Banks under the Framework will be required to comply with EBRD's PRs 2, 4 and 9 and submit Annual E&S Reports to the Bank and if necessary implement the EBRD's E&S Risk Procedures (which will be designed for the Framework), which will include any specific environmental and social due diligence provisions for the Sub-deals under the Framework. For relevant Sub-deals (for example higher risk transactions), an applicable environmental checklist will need to be forwarded to ESD for review Sub-deals under the Framework may have ESG uplifts and GET components and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Donor funds may be deployed on a case by case basis, with the proceeds supporting, amongst others, the delivery of bespoke advisory and training activities under the EBRD's ASB framework, rollout of sustainable supply chain finance programmes that deliver financial incentives to suppliers, including SMEs, which meet defined ESG-linked targets/criteria, and the provision of technical assistance to eligible Anchor Buyers to facilitate a "top-down" approach with regard to embedding sustainability and resilience in supply chains running through the EBRD's CoOs.
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