This Vnesheconombank Group Sustainability Report 2014 (the 'Report') has been prepared in line with the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (in accordance — Core) and Financial Services Sector Supplement of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The Report discusses Vnesheconombank Group performance in achieving the UN Global Compact’s principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The Report has been prepared using the AA 1000 series of standards and content elements of the International Integrated Reporting Standard, as well as in line with the Regulations on Vnesheconombank Group’s Sustainability Report as approved by Vnesheconombank’s Order No. 630 of 8 July 2014 (the 'Regulations').
For the purposes of this Report, The definition of 'Vnesheconombank Group' does not match either the definition of 'bank group' or 'financial and industrial group' under Russian laws, or the definition of 'Vnesheconombank Group' in financial statements prepared under the Russian Accounting Standards and the International Financial Reporting Standards.Vnesheconombank Group includes Vnesheconombank and Vnesheconombank’s subsidiaries operating to implement specific provisions of Federal Law No.
The Report’s boundaries have been changed as compared to the previous reporting period. Now, the Report also discloses performance of VEB Asia that joined Vnesheconombank Group in April 2013. The Report does not disclose performance by Eximbank of Russia as in November 2014 100% equity less 1 share of Eximbank of Russia were divested to EXIAR. Quantitative data for
When determining the Report’s scope, we used GRI Guidelines and followed best non-financial reporting practices of Russian and foreign development institutions.
As part of the Report’s drafting, we held a public hearing on the Report’s concept. The exercise involved a survey of internal and external stakeholders of Vnesheconombank Group, the results of which were used to map out key topics and define the boundaries of GRI Material Aspects. ‘The Stakeholder Engagement’ section provides more details on how we interacted with stakeholders when drafting the Report, defined the Report’s scope, and chose key topics and boundaries of Material Aspects under GRI Guidelines.
The public hearing on the Report’s concept helped us determine the Report’s key focus, i.e. realisation of Vnesheconombank’s functions as the national financial institution for development in a turbulent international political and economic context. The Report takes into account stakeholders’ suggestions to specifically focus on embedding responsible financing principles into the Bank’s investment lending operations, supporting environmentally significant projects and disclosing financial performance of Vnesheconombank Group.
In line with the Regulations, the Report has been audited by the Internal Control Service of Vnesheconombank and corroborated by an independent auditor, LLC Ernst & Young — Valuation and Advisory Services (EY) (see Appendix 11). The Report has also been assured by the Non-Financial Reporting Council of the RUIE (see Appendix 12) and GRI Materiality Disclosures Service.
The report has been examined by the Management Board of Vnesheconombank (04.08.2015) and approved by Order (№ 800) of Vnesheconombank (27.08.2015).