Colombia: BBVA has granted a US$45.1m loan to Grupo Argos subsidiary Cementos Argos. The loan includes a pricing adjustment mechanism which links its interest rate to the producer’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) performance rating. The company said that the choice of financing arrangement aims to promote a greater commitment to sustainability management and compliance with socially and environmentally responsible practices that ensure the construction of a greener future. The transaction is the first of its kind in Colombia and constitutes Grupo Argos’ debut in sustainable financing.
Chief executive officer Juan Esteban Calle said, “This is a definite advance in line with our sustainability strategy that fills us with joy, not only because it contributes to our debt profile and reassures our commitment to sustainability as a strategic pillar and source of competitive advantage, but it is also a benchmark of trust for our investors and other stakeholders”