Hong Kong – Citi has announced the launch of its Sustainable Trade and Working Capital Loans (Sustainable T&WC Loans) solution in Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America (LATAM) regions.
The launch follows the successful rollout of Citi's Sustainable Supply Chain Finance offering, and represents the next step of the journey to expand Citi's sustainable Trade and Working Capital Solutions as a key part of Citi's broader commitment to advancing its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.
T&WC Loans assist Citi's Corporate, Commodity, Financial Institution and Commercial Banking clients in managing their working capital needs, by financing their international trade finance activities and general day-to-day commercial activities, helping to improve liquidity.
The Sustainable T&WC Loans solution can also support clients with their sustainability goals, where the proceeds of the loan are used for an environmental or social purpose. Should certain sustainability criteria be met, the solution can provide clients a framework for incentivised pricing.
"Having leading ESG practices is core to Citi's mission of enabling growth and progress. It is embedded in how we do business and the value we deliver to clients. As our clients also place ESG front and center of their corporate agendas, we are working with them hand-in-hand to support the transition to sustainable and low-carbon business models. The Sustainable T&WC Loans add to Citi's growing suite of ESG-linked trade financing products and services and we remain committed to introducing new and innovative solutions for our clients in this area," said Kanika Thakur, Asia Pacific Trade Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi.
Citi's Sustainable T&WC Loans solution aligns with the bank's commitment to integrating sustainability into its products, services and client offerings. To help accelerate the transition to a global low-carbon economy, Citi launched its updated Sustainable Progress Strategy in July of 2020, and also committed US$1 trillion to sustainable finance by 2030, which includes US$500 billion for environmental finance and US$500 billion for social finance.
"Companies around the world are increasingly looking at how to incorporate sustainable practices across their businesses," said Davida Heller, Head of Sustainability Strategy, Citi. "At Citi, we are supporting our clients at every step of their journey with our products and services, and this extended working capital loan offering represents yet another tool in our toolbox to help our clients achieve their sustainability goals."
The Sustainable T&WC Loans product will initially launch in 80 countries across the EMEA, LATAM and APAC regions, and will be further rolled out across North America throughout 2022.
About Citi's Treasury and Trade Solutions
Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) enables our clients' success by providing an integrated suite of innovative and tailored cash management and trade finance services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations across the globe. Based on the foundation of the industry's largest proprietary network with banking licenses in over 90 countries and globally integrated technology platforms, TTS continues to lead the way in offering the industry's most comprehensive range of digitally enabled treasury, trade and liquidity management solutions.
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