13 leading banks, jointly representing approximately USD 100 billion in shipping finance, have come together to commit to the Poseidon Principles:

It is important that banks play an active role in the transition towards a greener future and reaching the global climate goals set forth in the Paris Agreement and by the International Maritime Organization. Recognizing this, the Poseidon Principles offer the opportunity to improve the transparency of the climate impact of the shipping industry and align leading shipping bank portfolios with our climate goals in reducing GHG emissions. We are excited to see the Poseidon Principles come to life and we encourage all our ambitious peers to join in this initiative.

Joep Gorgels,
Global Head of Global Transportation and Logistics, ABN AMRO

Today we commit to the Poseidon Principles, to protecting our seas and our environment. We rise up to the challenge and take action to move your business forward. It is the right thing to do. We will adapt our business, we will help our clients, and together succeed.

Harris Antoniou,
Chief Executive Officer, Amsterdam Trade Bank

The maritime sector is a key facilitator of global trade. However, it’s critical that all industry participants address the climate impacts of the shipping industry. As banks, we recognize that our role in the shipping industry enables us to promote responsible environmental stewardship throughout the global maritime value chain. The Poseidon Principles will not only serve our institutions to improve decision making at a strategic level but will also shape a better future for the shipping industry and our society.

Michael Parker,
Global Industry Head of Shipping & Logistics, Citi

The Poseidon Principles are a pioneering initiative by international shipping banks, one of the key stakeholders of the maritime transport sector, to support the transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy. The decarbonization of our Shipping industry is a fundamental requirement but also a major challenge that can only be tackled through such coordinated efforts. As a global leader in sustainable banking and shipping finance, Credit Agricole CIB welcomes the opportunity to join and participate in the Poseidon Principles.

Thibaud Escoffier,
Global Head of Ship Finance, Credit Agricole CIB

Financial institutions play an important role in facilitating the transition towards sustainability in businesses and ensuring that we reach the global climate goals. Recognizing both our direct and indirect responsibility and being transparent are the first steps on this journey. In this respect, the Poseidon Principles is a forward-looking initiative within sustainable finance and positions the ship finance sector in a global leadership role. As a responsible institution Danish Ship Finance welcomes the opportunity to take part in this leadership role and we encourage all like-minded partners in the ship finance community to join the Poseidon Principles alongside us.

Michael Frisch,
CCO & Member of Executive Board, Danish Ship Finance

As one of the leading financial institutions within the shipping industry, we recognize our role in addressing and promoting the sector’s high ambition to decarbonize going forward. We believe that the Poseidon Principles will be an important initiative in this respect.

Øivind Haraldsen,
Global Head of Shipping, Danske Bank

The Poseidon Principles are ground-breaking in both the spheres of shipping and sustainable finance. Now is the time to advance the role of banks in addressing global environmental issues. We encourage all our colleagues to join us in leading industry-wide change by becoming Signatories of the Poseidon Principles.

Kristin Holth,
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Ocean Industries, DNB

The Poseidon Principles are unique as it is the first time that such a variety of shipping banks with involvement of a number of leading shipowners, have collectively signed up to this important initiative. The Poseidon Principles will give a clear signal that financial institutions want to support – and play their role in the decarbonization of the world fleet; Now that the shipping industry is about to commence a new era in its evolution to a greener industry, the launch of the Poseidon Principles could not come at a better time.

Frans van de Bospoort,
Global Head of Shipping Finance, DVB Bank SE

Banks have an important role to play in promoting sustainable development. The Poseidon Principles fit perfectly with our Terra approach, our strategy to steer our portfolio towards the Paris Agreement’s well-below two-degree goal. The Principles will be integrated into this approach to support our ambition. It’s encouraging to see so many banks collaborate for a low-carbon future and we are delighted to be part of this important initiative.

Stephen Fewster,
Global Head of Shipping Finance, ING

As the largest financial services group in the Nordic region it is very important to join other leading banks in this initiative to promote a responsible shipping industry, and to contribute to raised awareness. By becoming Signatories of the Poseidon Principles, we want to play an active role in reducing the global carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment for future generations.

Vivian Jeanette Børseth,
Director, CI&B, Nordea Bank

The Poseidon Principles offer significant benefits to banks, the global shipping industry and to society as a whole. They allow us to align and de-risk our portfolios in line with shipping’s green transition. We will work in partnership with our clients and partners on an ongoing basis to secure a successful implementation of the Principles.

Paul Taylor,
Global Head of Shipping & Offshore, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking

To play their part in halting the climate crisis, banks should cooperate wherever they can, whilst competing where necessary. This is what the Poseidon Principles are all about – a proactive initiative where shipping banks commit to integrate specific measures into their financing of the shipping industry. We look forward to interacting with shipowners on these issues, and encourage other banks to follow suit.

Ragnhild Janbu Fresvik,
Executive President Corporate Banking, Sparebanken Vest

As a public provider of long-term financing we are committed to ensure sustainability and corporate responsibility. The Poseidon Principles is a valuable initiative to make information about carbon emissions more easily accessible. Quantifying emissions and sharing information is necessary to combat carbon emissions and thereby reduce climate risk. Export Credit Norway is happy to join forces with other leading shipping banks.

Olav E. Rygg,
Head of Lending, Export Credit Norway


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