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RF - Garanti Bank



Project number:


Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:


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Approval date:

06 May 2020



PSD disclosed:

26 May 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

This project was approved as part of the Bank's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for Project Summary Document disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to Covid-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.

A senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 50 million (or its equivalent in USD) in favour of Garanti BBVA, a universal bank incorporated in Turkey. The proceeds of the loan will be channelled to eligible beneficiaries operating in Turkey, under the Resilience Framework.

Project Objectives

The operation will enable Garanti to increase short-term financing, predominantly to the Turkish businesses facing liquidity stress due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The main goal of the operation is to ensure resilience and preserve competition in the financial sector. The transition impact of the project will stem from "Resilient" and "Competitive" transition qualities by providing Garanti BBVA with funding to scale up its lending activities and to remain an active and effective market player amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Client Information


Garanti BBVA listed on Borsa Istanbul is the 5th largest bank (2nd largest private bank) in Turkey. It is rated B2 (negative) by Moody's and B+ (negative) by Fitch. Garanti BBVA is a universal bank and serves 18 million customers in the corporate, commercial, MSME and consumer segments, offering fully integrated financial services through its domestic and foreign branches. 

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 53,381,512.77

A senior loan of up to EUR 50 million (or its USD equivalent) under the Resilience Framework.

Total Project Cost

EUR 53,381,512.77

USD equivalent of EUR 50 million for senior unsecured loan.


The project is additional as COVID-19 crisis response. EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and provides a confidence inspiring signal associated with IFI support.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019): Garanti BBVA is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9; the applicable EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures; and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. The funding will be used for short-term financing predominantly to businesses in Turkey facing liquidity stress due to the Covid-19 crisis, for which the overall environmental and social risk exposure is generally considered low to medium. Garanti BBVA's Environmental and Social Management System is adequate for this type of investments.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing


Company Contact Information

Gencay Gedik Coban
0090 212 318 17 33
0090 212 216 62 17
Levent, Nispetiye Mah. Aytar Cad. No:2 34340 Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey

Implementation summary

As a part of the EBRD's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the proceeds of this facility were channelled by Garanti BBVA predominantly to private Turkish businesses. The facility contributed to the continued functioning of the Turkish economy by providing finance to businesses facing challenges brought up by the pandemic. The project also supported Garanti BBVA to remain an active and effective market player amid the Covid-19 crisis. By providing Garanti BBVA with funding to scale up its lending activities as part of its ongoing growth trajectory, this facility aimed to ensure resilience and preserve competition in the financial sector. The facility also aided Garanti BBVA to continue lending prudently in line with the market and comparable players.

PSD last updated

02 Aug 2022

Understanding Transition

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

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

The ESP and the associated Performance Requirements (PRs) set out the ways in which the EBRD implements its commitment to promoting “environmentally sound and sustainable development”.  The ESP and the PRs include specific provisions for clients to comply with the applicable requirements of national laws on public information and consultation as well as to establish a grievance mechanism to receive and facilitate resolution of stakeholders’ concerns and grievances, in particular, about environmental and social performance of the client and the project. Proportionate to the nature and scale of a project’s environmental and social risks and impacts, the EBRD additionally requires its clients to disclose information, as appropriate, about the risks and impacts arising from projects or to undertake meaningful consultation with stakeholders and consider and respond to their feedback.

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

Integrity and Compliance

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.

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

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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