adelphi provided consultancy services to the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in developing and implementing a management system for environmental and social risk assessment in loan disbursements. The aim was to better take environmental concerns into account and to reconfigure internal procedures in a more sustainable way. In addition, adelphi supported policy dialogues on the adoption of environmental and social risk assessment management systems in lending, with a focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In collaboration with World Bank staff, adelphi developed and hosted a best practice workshop for SIDBI, highlighting how financial institutions worldwide are implementing environmental and social criteria into their lending procedures.
Furthermore, adelphi prepared input papers for workshops with Indian financial institutions and stakeholders to develop recommendations for a wider inclusion of environmental and social criteria into Indian banking practice. To this end, adelphi also put together a report on the status quo as regards different practices for environmental and social risk assessment management systems in India and worldwide.