sign on form

Stay up to date

Sign up now for all our news
in one monthly digest

Complaint filed with ING and BBVA On Pulp Paper Projects in Uruguay

Banks asked to assess Equator Principles compliance
Dodgy deals
By CEDHA | London, Dec 16 2005

The Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) this week filed an unprecedented compliance complaint to the ING group of the Netherlands and BBVA of Spain, for the alleged violation to the Equator Principles of two International Finance Corporation (IFC) paper pulp projects on the Argentine-Uruguayan border.

The complaint calls for the banks' attention to the IFC Compliance Advisory Ombudsman’s (CAO) recent report which sustained many of the arguments against the paper mills originally presented by CEDHA on behalf of 40,000 local stakeholders whose environment and livelihoods would be devastated by what is to be the world’s largest paper pulp production using second rate technology already phased out in Europe for 2007.

CEDHA demands that both banks uphold its commitment to the Equator Principles, originally signed in 2003 by a group of investment banks committed to sustainable development, and now adhered to by over 30 international private banks, including ING and BBVA. The Equator Principles state signatory bank adherence to basic commitments to sustainable and responsible development and investment, environmental and social projection, and ground their commitments to IFC’s Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies.

Given the CAO’s findings that the IFC’s pulp mill projects in Uruguay violate IFC environmental and social safeguards, that proper consultation with stakeholders did not occur (a key element of the Equator Principles), and the many accusations faced by these projects of violations of international law, CEDHA requests that ING and BBVA suspend all consideration of financing these projects, initiate internal investigations into the Equator Principle Compliance Complaint allegations, and that it adhere to the CAO recommendations. Furthermore, CEDHA asks ING and BBVA to publicly inform clients, customers, stakeholders and the general public on its position with respect to the suspension (or otherwise) of consideration of financing the projects.

As a global citizen responsible for promoting responsible environmental stewardship and socially responsible development, and as a signatory to the Equator Principles, ING and BBVA have a moral, ethical and professional obligation to uphold its commitment to the Equator Principles and must respond to stakeholder and public complaints and concerns over its projects.

BankTrack fully supports both claims and works with CEDHA to seek an adequate response from both banks.


Daniel Taillant Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (CEDHA) 00 54 351 425-6278; cel. 00 54 9 351 625-3290

Banca Armada Website

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), is a multinational Spanish banking group. It was formed in 1999 from a merger of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and Argentaria. It provides financial…
ING (an abbreviation of Internationale Nederlanden Groep) is a Netherlands based international financial services company and one of the world's largest savings banks. ING…
check dodgy deals on record

Good login. Redirecting to
'My Banktrack'.
Wrong login. Click here to request your password.
An email has been sent with your login!
Request password
This email is unknown.
<< Back
Please provide one or more search terms

Join our mailinglist

Get all our latest news releases delivered straight to your inbox - or get our News Digest once a month

banktrack tweets
.@ieefa_institute lays it on the line to Ex-Im India's big backers: Rampal puts top banks and asset managers at risk
Oct 26, 2016
RT @ODIclimate: 'Coal only makes global poverty worse' - from @drvox at @voxdotcom: Read @ODIdev research: https:/…
Oct 26, 2016
Vismarkt 15
6511 VJ Nijmegen
Contact us