Colombia: Bancolombia has granted a US$108m loan to Grupo Argos. The loan’s interest rate is linked to two indicators, namely greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the increase in participation by women in the group’s upper management. These factors can decrease the interest rate by up to 100 basic points. The group said that signing the deal constitutes another milestone in realising its environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitment. The financing agreement modifies current conditions for debt and will have a five-year maturity. As such, it does not increase Grupo Argos’ current levels of indebtedness.
Group chief executive officer Jorge Mario Velásquez said “We are proud of this significant step, which reaffirms our commitment to driving gender equality and contributing to fighting climate change with concrete actions. Both of these topics lie at the heart of our Business Group’s strategy, in line with global goals defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”