RF - Stadler Minsk Resilience Support

Location:

Belarus

Project number:

52092

Business sector:

Transport

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

23 Jun 2020

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

24 Jun 2020

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

The provision of a € 20 million working capital loan to support operations of Stadler Minsk. The EBRD loan will allow Stadler Minsk to withstand the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on its production. The funds will be used to support the production against the exisisting rolling stock orders and mitigate the disruption of supply materials. This project was submitted in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Project Objectives

The proposed working capital support facility will allow the company to deliver the contracted orders in a timely manner and maintain its competitive advantage as a reliable provider of the rolling stock in the region.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 85

The Transition Impact (TI) goal of this operation is to preserve the gains achieved under the ongoing project with Stadler Minsk.

The TI agenda for the existing Project has been focussed on, inter alia, setting standards of corporate governance and business conduct (establishment of the board of directors), dispersion of skills, obtainment of energy efficiency, environmental and health & safety certifications (ISO 9001; ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001) (Well-Governed quality) as well as market expansion, launch of specific production lines (establishment of converter competence centre) and Company's ability to independently participate in various tenders on its own (Competitive quality).

Client Information

STADLER MINSK CJSC

CJSC "Stadler Minsk", a subsidiary of the Stadler Rail AG, a Swiss manufacturer of railway rolling stock. The company produces suburban and regional transport trains, light rail vehicles, metro trains and trams. Stadler Rail serves customers worldwide.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 20,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 20,000,000.00

Additionality

COVID-19 crisis response: the EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions, e.g. the COVID-19 crisis. 

The Bank is highly additional in absence of immediate commercial bank capital, constrains of which are not directly linked to the Company's capacity to receive such financing. Sponsor's financing is currently deployed for critical working capital needs throughout the Group. The Bank's ability to respond quickly to client's needs is also a key additionality element.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (ESP 2019).  This an existing client of the Bank; the Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) was therefore based on the review of the most recent Environmental and Social (E&S) audit report (May 2019), recent annual E&S reports and an updated corporate E&S and COVID-19 questionnaires.

To date, the Company has demonstrated good E&S performance and has largely implemented the agreed Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP). The Company has certified quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems in line with ISO 9001, ISO 45001, and ISO 14001 standards. Contractor management provisions are in place, and environmental and occupational health and safety parameters are included in contractors' selection criteria. All employees have a written Employment Agreement. Working conditions and remunerations are determined by a number of Internal Regulations (covering Workplace, Wages, Bonuses, Provision of Guarantees and Social Benefits). The Company has a grievance procedure in place for collecting and addressing complaints and suggestions from the employees, including anonymous complaints.

The Company has all necessary environmental permits and contracts with specialized companies for collection, treatment, utilisation and disposal of waste. The areas of temporary waste accumulation and storage of paints and varnishes need to be improved; this issue should be solved when the new painting workshop, including additional warehouse for paints and varnishes, will become operational.

The Company has robust fire safety arrangements in place. The Emergency Preparedness Plan is in place and revised annually. Fire safety trainings for all employees and visitors are conducted during the safety induction and periodically for all employees at the workplace.

The ESDD identified that the Company has a robust business continuity plan in place and follows strict procedures related to containment of COVID pandemic in line with WHO and corporate regulations. Current situation related to COVID restrictions will not have any adverse impacts on implementation of the previously agreed ESAP and general compliance with EBRD environmental and social requirements. Adequate Health and Safety resources are in place and there will be no retrenchment of personnel. The Bank will continue monitoring the implementation by the Company of its environmental and social commitments.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Mikhail Shumski
Mikhail.Shumski@stadlerrail.com
+375 1716 22 953
www.stadlerrail.com
CJSC Stadler Minsk 47 Zavodskaya Str. 222750 Fanipol, Dzerzhinsk District, Region of Minsk Belarus

PSD last updated

24 Jun 2020

Understanding Transition

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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 how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by emailmail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requesters’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

 

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