Our corporate values form the foundation of our business ethics. The following principles guide the operations of the ProCredit institutions:
These principles represent the backbone of our corporate culture and are actively applied in our day-to-day operations. Another aspect of ensuring that our institution adheres to the highest ethical standards is our consistent application of best practice systems and procedures to protect ourselves from being used as a vehicle for money laundering, the financing of terrorism or other illegal activities. ProCredit banks do not tolerate any fraudulent activity or any other questionable behaviour from either their clients or their own employees. Staff members are trained to apply the “know your customer” principle, and to carry out sound monitoring and reporting in line with the applicable regulations. Anti-money laundering and fraud prevention policies are regularly updated and exercised throughout the group to ensure compliance with local and international regulatory standards.
The business policy of the ProCredit institutions is also based on ecological principles. The most important of these are protecting the environment, conserving resources and promoting measures to contain climate change.
The environmental management concept adopted by ProCredit group consists of three pillars:
Pillar 1: Internal environmental management system
ProCredit Bank Moldova is putting in place an approach to better understand and improve the sustainability of its own energy use and environmental impact. As a matter of policy, the bank pays careful attention to environmental issues when opening a new branch or refurbishing an existing one. For example, all of our furniture is made from chipboard, a recycled material. We now use energy-saving light bulbs and plan to switch to LED lamps in the very near future. To further protect the environment, we no longer install energy-intensive equipment, such as large air-conditioners. Environmental issues are an essential component of the training provided to ProCredit Bank staff at the local, regional and international level. For example, for their final project, participants in the Young Bankers Programme are required to develop a blueprint for a green business that would not only do no harm to the environment but would even help to improve it. The bank has designated an Environmental Coordinator to be responsible for monitoring our environmental performance, and co-ordinating efforts to improve it.
Pillar 2: Management of environmental risk in lending
ProCredit Bank Moldova has implemented an environmental management system based on continuous assessment of the loan portfolio according to environmental criteria, an in-depth analysis of all economic activities which potentially involve environmental risks, and the rejection of loan applications from enterprises engaged in activities which are deemed environmentally hazardous and appear on our institution’s exclusion list. By incorporating environmental issues into the loan approval process, ProCredit Bank Moldova is also able to raise its clients’ overall level of environmental awareness.
Pillar 3: Promotion of “green finance”
ProCredit Bank Moldova aims to promote economic development that is as environmentally sustainable as possible. In 2012, we launched a programme of green finance services consisting of energy efficiency loans for private clients as well as for businesses. This initiative will also involve building relationships with suppliers of environmentally friendly equipment and services, and encouraging them to offer services bearing the EU standard energy efficiency labels. The bank aims to use its green finance services and approach to increase public awareness and understanding.