Don Don Debt



Project number:


Business sector:


Notice type:


Environmental category:


Approval date:

24 Jun 2015



PSD disclosed:

30 Sep 2015

Project Description

The EBRD is providing financing of up to EUR 10.3 million to Don Don Group (“Don Don”), one of the leading industrial bakeries in south-eastern Europe. The financing will be used for the acquisition of assets of Pekarna Grosuplje and the restructuring of the current loan portfolio of Don Don with a newly structured long-term financing coupled with a working capital facility provided by parallel lenders.

Pekarna Grosuplje is historically one of the leading bakeries in Slovenia and currently operates as an in-house bakery of the Slovenian retailer Mercator.

Transition Impact

The proposed transaction will demonstrate the successful restructuring of Don Don and Pekarna Grosuplje, two compatible regional companies in south-eastern Europe. The joint operations will benefit from the realisation of regional synergies which will lead to increased profitability. In addition, the project will bring improvements in corporate governance and business standards. This will be achieved by implementing a management information system across Don Don subsidiaries in the region, which will enable regular reporting to internal and external stakeholders as well as better budgeting and other decisions.

The Client

Don Don is one of the leading industrial bakeries in south-eastern Europe.

EBRD Finance

EUR 10.3m in the form of a long term loan to Don Don.

Project Cost

EUR 60 million.

Environmental and social categorisation, impact, and mitigation

The project was categorized B as the investments into the acquisition of a bakery are associated with limited standard environmental, health and safety, and social impacts which can be readily identified and addressed. The Bank’s Environmental and Sustainability Department (ESD) has undertaken a site visit and internal environmental and social sue diligence to review the Company's existing operational activities, regulatory compliance status and the EHS risks management to assess its capacity to comply with the Bank's Performance Requirements. Due diligence has established that the Company is generally in compliance with local legislation and the Bank’s PRs. The potential adverse effects are moderate and are associated primarily with air emissions, water consumption, labour conditions and social aspects. An ESAP aimed at addressing the issues identified and ensuring that the Project is structured to meet the EBRD’s performance requirements has been developed and agreed with the Company. It focuses primarily on the improvements of the overall E&S system and safety upgrades, as well as additional safety measures.

The Company will be reporting its environmental and social performance and status of the ESAP implementation on the annual basis and the Bank will monitor the progress.

Full ESDD of the Target Company will be held after acquisition and an ESAP will be developed to structure the Target Company to meet both national and EU standards for environment, health and safety and EBRD’s ESP 2014.  The Client has committed that the Target Company will be operated and managed in full compliance with the Bank’s performance requirements.

Technical Cooperation


Company Contact

Ales Mozetic
Don Don doo
Bulevar Zorana Djindjica 144b
11070 Belgrade

+381 11 267 0935

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

For state-sector projects, visit EBRD Procurement: Tel: +44 20 7338 6794

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168

Public Information Policy (PIP)

The PIP 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. Please visit the Public Information Policy page below to find out how to request a Public Sector Board Report.
Text of the PIP

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 email, mail 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. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

Share this page: