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  • Overall approach
    4/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/14
      Deforestation commitment
      Understanding of the risks
      4/14
      "This document formalizes the incorporation of Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors into the Scotia Global Asset Management investment process (managed by 1832 Asset Management L.P. (1832 AM)). [...] To formally reflect our commitment to responsible investing, 1832 AM became a signatory to the United Nations supported Principles of Responsible Investing (PRI) in 2018. As a signatory we have committed to six voluntary principles defined by global institutional investors and the United Nations:< Principle 1: We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.< Principle 2: We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.< Principle 3: We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.< Principle 4: We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.< Principle 5: We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.< Principle 6: We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.4) Definitions Responsible Investing: Responsible Investing is defined as an approach to investing that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions. Environmental Factors:[...] biodiversity and deforestation."
    • Company must have anti-corruption policy
      0/2
  • Commodity score
    6/64
    • Beef & Leather
      5/64
      • Commitment Strength
        0/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        5/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Only applies to investments which are determined "high risk" - "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
    • Palm oil
      5/64
      • Commitment Strength
        0/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        5/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Only applies to investments which are determined "high risk" - "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
    • Soy
      5/64
      • Commitment Strength
        0/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        5/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Only applies to investments which are determined "high risk" - "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
    • Timber, Pulp & Paper
      8/64
      • Commitment Strength
        3/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
            Commitment details
            No
            0/8
            Type of policy: No policy
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Certification scheme (if applicable): FSC
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          3.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Encourage
            2/4
            Commitment details
            Encourage
            2/4
            Type of policy: Compliance is prerequisite for financing
            "An amount equivalent to the net proceeds of Scotiabank‘s Green Bond will be allocated exclusively to finance or refinance, in whole or in part, new or existing Eligible Green Assets, which refer to loans made by Scotiabank for assets, businesses or projects that meet Scotiabank’s Green Bond Framework Eligibility Criteria as defined below. A business will be considered eligible for financing using a Scotiabank Green Bond only if it derives 90% or more of its revenues from activities in the below list of eligible categories. [...] Sustainable forest management, including afforestation or reforestation, and certifications to recognized third-party standards such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)"
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "An amount equivalent to the net proceeds of Scotiabank‘s Green Bond will be allocated exclusively to finance or refinance, in whole or in part, new or existing Eligible Green Assets, which refer to loans made by Scotiabank for assets, businesses or projects that meet Scotiabank’s Green Bond Framework Eligibility Criteria as defined below. A business will be considered eligible for financing using a Scotiabank Green Bond only if it derives 90% or more of its revenues from activities in the below list of eligible categories. [...] Sustainable forest management, including afforestation or reforestation, and certifications to recognized third-party standards such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)"
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "An amount equivalent to the net proceeds of Scotiabank‘s Green Bond will be allocated exclusively to finance or refinance, in whole or in part, new or existing Eligible Green Assets, which refer to loans made by Scotiabank for assets, businesses or projects that meet Scotiabank’s Green Bond Framework Eligibility Criteria as defined below. A business will be considered eligible for financing using a Scotiabank Green Bond only if it derives 90% or more of its revenues from activities in the below list of eligible categories. [...] Sustainable forest management, including afforestation or reforestation, and certifications to recognized third-party standards such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)"
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "An amount equivalent to the net proceeds of Scotiabank‘s Green Bond will be allocated exclusively to finance or refinance, in whole or in part, new or existing Eligible Green Assets, which refer to loans made by Scotiabank for assets, businesses or projects that meet Scotiabank’s Green Bond Framework Eligibility Criteria as defined below. A business will be considered eligible for financing using a Scotiabank Green Bond only if it derives 90% or more of its revenues from activities in the below list of eligible categories. [...] Sustainable forest management, including afforestation or reforestation, and certifications to recognized third-party standards such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)"
      • Social Considerations
        5/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Only applies to investments which are determined "high risk" - "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "The bank assesses the risks of its customers and, where appropriate, conducts enhanced due diligence on those who are considered higher risk. Our existing due diligence in regards to addressing and mitigating environmental and social risk is robust and considers environmental, social, health and safety, Indigenous Peoples and climate change risks on the same level of importance and adjudication scrutiny as traditional forms of financial risk. Scotiabank has policies and processes in place so that for project finance, corporate and commercial lending settings where substantial concerns may be reasonably expected, the bank conducts further due diligence on the finance recipient’s policies and practices for potential impacts on human and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. As a proud signatory to the Equator Principles, this includes utilizing its financial industry risk management framework for determining, assessing, managing and reporting environmental and social risks and whether projects meet our human rights expectations. For projects with potentially adverse impacts on communities, including indigenous communities, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)1 will be required. At present, there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC and discussions are currently underway in furtherance of a universal definition of FPIC for the Equator Principles. Scotiabank is monitoring this closely as we are committed to adhering to the Equator Principles, including consideration of any definition of FPIC that receives widespread or universal adoption."
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0/0.4
  • Reporting & Implementation
    0/20
    • Policy is reviewed and updated
      0/5
      Policy review
      Process for updating policy unclear
      0/5
      "The Bank of Nova Scotia (the “Bank”) does not assume any responsibility or obligation to update or revise any statements in this document, regardless of whether those statements are affected by the results of new information, future events or otherwise... A year after the Green Bond’s issuance date, and every year thereafter until full allocation of the bond, Scotiabank will update investors on how the bond proceeds are allocated and share information on loans financed by the bond, in its Green Bond Annual Report."
    • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
      0/5
    • Monitoring and non-compliance process
      0/5
    • Reporting on implementation of the policy
      0/5
  • Commitment strength
    1/42
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/22
    Avg. score

Profile

Scotiabank are a retail, corporate and investment bank headquartered in Canada. They offer insurance, personal investments, wealth management, corporate credit, capital markets and retail banking services. As of 2017, their total assets amount to more than 900 billion CAD with total lending of more than 490 billion CAD. Scotiabank are among the top 40 lenders to Forest 500 companies, with loans amounting to more than 7 billion USD across a broad range of forest risk sectors.

HQ
HQ 
Canada
Financial institution type
Financial institution type 
Asset management, Bank, Insurance Company

How we assess the Forest 500

Investors and lenders need to adopt and implement strong deforestation policies that ensure their investments are not funding the destruction of forests.

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