The expansion and stores renovation of the two key food retail chains of Fozzy Group, "Silpo" and "Fora", including investments into energy and resource efficiency enhancement, focused on the reduction of food waste and loss in the operations of the retailer.
The Project will support Fozzy Group's strategy to expand its retail operations and improve sustainability of the business.
ETI score: 68
Transition impact of the Project is expected to stem from the following:
- Green quality: The Bank will support the implementation of energy and resource efficiency measures (such as freon-free refrigeration, efficient ventilation, heating, lighting, etc.) in existing stores and the replication of sustainable construction practices throughout newly opened stores, as well as the introduction of best practices in waste management.
- Competitive quality: The Project will support the expansion of a modern food retail chain into regions with limited penetration of modern food retail, as well as the development and introduction of best practices into the Group's traffic and driving safety management in line with the ISO 39001 certification on Road Traffic Safety Management Systems.
Fozzy Group is one of the leading food retailers in Ukraine operating more than 500 stores nationwide.
EBRD Finance Summary
The provision of a senior secured long-term loan of up to US$60 million
Total Project Cost
Financing Structure: EBRD offers a tenor, which is above the market average and is necessary to structure the project.
Standard-setting: the client seeks/makes use of EBRD expertise on higher environmental standards and energy and resource efficiency.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B. Environmental and social due diligence for this Project included the completion of a detailed corporate Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) questionnaire by the Group, meetings between Group's representatives a site visit to a number of Group's stores and logistics center.
During ESDD it has been established that Fozzy has systems in place for the adequate management of environmental, health and safety and social aspects and there are staff specifically dedicated to the management of these issues.
The review of the systems demonstrated that Fozzy is compliant with national regulatory requirements and has a number of best international practice initiatives in place, such as implementation of the energy and resource efficiency measures.
An ESAP has been prepared and shared with the Group covering all aspects of the Bank's Performance Requirements including such issues as supply chain management, traffic and driving safety management, improved workers and community safety as well as stakeholder engagement.
Fozzy will be required to provide the Bank with annual reporting on the implementation of this ESAP and on any other environmental and social issues arising in the year.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC funds provided by:
- the Japan-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund to partially cover Project's external legal costs.
- EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility to cover costs for identification of sustainable resource investment opportunities.
- EBRD Shareholder Special Fund to cover mapping of risks and opportunities for resource efficiency along food supply chain.
Company Contact Information
BC SILVER BREEZE, 1B Tychyny Avenue, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02152
PSD last updated
05 Feb 2020
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