BBVA Colombia Green Senior Loan (IFC-46526)

  • Colombia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Jun 27, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Grant Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS May 30, 2022

Disclosed by Bank May 27, 2022

Contribute Information
Can you contribute information about this project?
Contact the EWS Team

Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

The proposed Project consists of an up to US$200 million subordinated loan to Banco Bilbao  Vizcaya Argentaria Colombia S.A. (“BBVA Colombia” or the “Bank”). Through this project, IFC will support the strengthening of the Bank’s loan growth for green housing and climate smart loans. Subject to internal approvals, the Project may receive support from the Market Accelerator for Green Construction (“MAGC”) Program as discussed in the Blended Finance Section.

According to the bank, the proposed investment consists of a US$200 million senior loan to support BBVA's green lending activities, such as: green building, green housing, energy, water efficiency, transportation, and renewable energy, among others. The activities supported under the project are expected to be of a medium E&S risk nature, including a limited number of business activities that have potential adverse environmental or social risks or impacts that are few in number, generally site specific, largely reversible, and readily addressed through mitigation measures. Therefore, this project has been categorized as FI-2 in accordance with IFC's Sustainability Policy. For the project, BBVA will be required to screen potential sub-projects against the IFC Exclusion List, host country laws and regulations, and the IFC Performance Standards, as applicable. Key risks of the activities supported may derive from the client's capacity to identify, assess, and manage risks associated with its green projects pipeline, which typically include: occupational health and safety issues, labor and working conditions, child and forced labor, waste and wastewater management, land tenure, resource efficiency, pollution prevention, and impacts to vulnerable communities and biodiversity. High E&S risk or category A projects will not be eligible.

People Affected By This Project
People Affected By This Project refers to the communities of people likely to be affected positively or negatively by a project.

By supporting BBVA Colombia, IFC best positions the private sector to support the growth of green buildings and climate smart assets in Colombia.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector

Contact Information
This section aims to support the local communities and local CSO to get to know which stakeholders are involved in a project with their roles and responsibilities. If available, there may be a complaint office for the respective bank which operates independently to receive and determine violations in policy and practice. Independent Accountability Mechanisms receive and respond to complaints. Most Independent Accountability Mechanisms offer two functions for addressing complaints: dispute resolution and compliance review.


You can submit a request for information disclosure at:

If you believe that your request for information from IFC has been unreasonably denied, or that this Policy has been interpreted incorrectly, you can submit a complaint at the link above to IFC's Access to Information Policy Advisor, who reports directly to IFC's Executive Vice President.


The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by an IFC or MIGA- financed project. If you submit a complaint to the CAO, they may assist you in resolving a dispute with the company and/or investigate to assess whether the IFC is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. If you want to submit a complaint electronically, you can email the CAO at You can learn more about the CAO and how to file a complaint at

How it works

How it works