BNCR - Social Subordinated Bond (IDBI-13280-01)

  • Costa Rica
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
May 27, 2021
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Finance
  • Industry and Trade
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IDBI website

Updated in EWS Apr 20, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Apr 16, 2021

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Project Description

The proposed transaction consists of a social subordinated bond of up to US$75 million which will be funded in up to US$50 million by IDB Invest and the rest (up to US$25 million) by other impact investors. IDB Invest will support Banco Nacional de Costa Rica ("BNCR" or the "Bank") to launch its first social bond in accordance with the Social Bond Principles issued by the International Capital Markets Association ("ICMA"). The bond aims to support the Bank in financing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises ("SMEs"), as well as to grow its "BN Mujer" portfolio which is oriented to women-owned and women-led SMEs.

People Affected By This Project







Strengthen the Environmental and Social Risk Management System (ESRS) Manual to include SMEs

Supplement ESRS: (i) extend the scope of SARAS to include SMEs (i.e., the ESRS application threshold should be adjusted to cover this asset class), (ii) including a Basicassessmentfor SMEs subloans focused on local law and E&S requirements at the national level; (iii) including the IDB-Invest and FinDev exclusion list; and (iv) reviewing ESRS Table 1 setting out the criteria used to define the inherent level of risk of an activity to include greenhouse gas emissions and supply chain risks related to each project;

Strengthened Manual of the Environmental and Social Risk Management System ("ESRS").

6 months after first disbursement


Strengthen the Sustainable Financing Policy

Review the Sustainable Financing Policy to include: (1) commitment to comply with the host country's environmental and social regulatory requirements; (2) comply with IDB Invest and FinDev exclusion lists; and (3) establishing that the IFC Performance Standards are on the underlying risk management standard for higher risk transactions (e.g. Expert Level).

Sustainable Financing Policy strengthened

4 months after the first disbursement


Evaluation of the first three medium or high E&S risk SME transactions

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica will send the first three transactions categorized with medium and/or high environmental and/or high inherent risk for review and comment by IDB Invest, in order to: (i) confirm E&S categorization; and (ii) evaluate the proposed action plan

Pilot project implementation and evaluation report

When the Bank has any of the transactions


Capacity building and training

The Bank, through an external consultant, will train all credit, E&S and sustainability risk personnel in the implementation of the ESRS following the IDB-Invest/FinDev exclusion list, local regulations and Performance Standards. Ensure that all new ESRS assessment and/or implementation staff receive training

Certificate of training of the personnel in charge of the ESMS implementation and every time new staff is hired

6 months after the first disbursement and every time new personnel are incorporated into risk management.

[1]Interpretation note on Financial Intermediaries

Investment Description

The investment type was not available at the time of the snapshot.

Financial Intermediary
Financial Intermediary: A commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.

Contact Information

Client contact name: Ms. Silvia Chaves Herra
Title: Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability
Telephone: (506) 2212-2000 Ext: 2140 C


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