GEFF II - Societe Generale Maroc

Location:

Morocco

Project number:

52774

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Approval date:

01 Feb 2022

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

02 Feb 2022

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

Provision of up to EUR 25 million unsecured loan under the GCF GEFF Regional- Morocco II framework to Societe Generale Maroc, of which up to EUR 23,750,000 equivalent in MAD to be provided by EBRD and up to EUR 1,250,000 by the Green Climate Fund ("GCF") under the GCF-Green Economy Financing Facility ("GEFF") Regional Framework. The proceeds of the GCF GEFF loan will be on-lent to private companies to finance Green Economy investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies.

Project Objectives

The project will facilitate a green economy in Morocco by on lending to individuals and private sector sub-borrowers to implement green investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate resilience measures.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 75

75 (FW)

The project supports the Green TI quality through the provision of funding and know-how to financial intermediaries financing private sector investments in high performing climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and solutions. This will facilitate Morocco's transition to environmentally sustainable, low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.
The project is also contributing towards building a green economy by facilitating the expansion of green energy and resource efficiency lending in Morocco and showing positive demonstration effects.

Client Information

SOCIETE GENERALE MAROCAINE DE BANQUES

Societe Generale Maroc is a universal bank created in 1913 and managed in accordance with international standards enacted by its main shareholder, the Societe Generale group. With more than 420 branches and 4,000 employees, Societe Generale Maroc is the largest international financial group in Morocco and was awarded the Best Foreign Bank in Morocco by EMEA Finance Magazine in 2020. Increasingly focused on E&S standards, Societe Generale Maroc is playing a leading role in financing climate change initiatives and sustainable development in Morocco.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 23,750,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 25,000,000.00

Additionality

The project will build on the successful experience of existing green products. The project will offer a combination of medium-term financing and technical expertise into a package that promotes targeted investment in climate mitigation and adaptation technologies in the private sector in Morocco.

Furthermore, the client will benefit from EBRD's expertise to enhance women and men's equal opportunity to access finance provided under the GEFF programme for the adoption of green technologies. Therefore, the project will ultimately help women and men sub-borrowers build their resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorized FI (ESP 2019). Societe Generale Maroc is an existing Client of the Bank, who has been regularly and satisfactorily reporting on their E&S performance under previous exposure. Societe Generale Maroc will continue to comply with Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9, adopt and implement the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for SME and Micro Lending and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. Beneficiaries financed through the Green Economy Financing Facility will be required to comply with national requirements for environment, health and safety and labour standards and the eligibility criteria for Green projects.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The implementation of the GCF GEFF loan will be supported by a comprehensive Technical Cooperation ("TC") programme to provide implementation support to Societe Generale Maroc and sub-borrowers. The TC programme will also support gender activities that aim to enhance women and men's equal opportunity to access climate finance for green technologies. The TC is expected to be funded by the grant resources from the European Union, the Green Climate Fund and EBRD's Shareholder Special Fund ("SSF").

Company Contact Information

Anissa Chekroun
Anissa.Chekroun@socgen.com
https://www.sgmaroc.com/
55, Bd Abdelmoumen Casablanca, Maroc

PSD last updated

02 Feb 2022

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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.

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