The Citi Social Finance team is a globally dedicated industry specialist group that provides expertise and supports to clients seeking to expand access to basic services for underserved populations.
The team is involved in corporate and commercial banking in Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
Each country has a dedicated social finance team that partners with local businesses to develop pioneering programmes and debt solutions including term debt, bonds, initial public offerings, and securitisations, as well as partnering with development agencies and impact investors.
|The expanded focus on Asia will further support Citi’s recent good work across social finance in the region |
“Citi is uniquely positioned to enable clients and partners to scale the delivery of products and services that improve the livelihoods of underserved and low-income communities across the emerging markets,” said Jorge Rubio Nava, global head of Social Finance.
“We have a large and diverse pipeline across several sectors in Asia, including economic inclusion, healthcare, infrastructure, food security, and education. We are excited about the opportunity to use our network to support local communities further,” Nava added.
The expanded focus on Asia further supports Citi’s recent good work across social finance in the region.
In July, Citi Vietnam approved a revolving social finance credit facility for Ngon Coffee to finance the sourcing of green coffee beans from local farmers and traders in the Central Highlands. Ngon Coffee is a Vietnamese subsidiary of CCL Products India, and one of the largest private label manufacturers of instant coffee in the world.
Citi has also supported a pioneering social carbon offset scheme in Vietnam, enabling low-income households to access energy-efficient cooking stoves and water purifiers, while providing employment opportunities for women in rural communities.
These initiatives support Citi’s commitment to finance and facilitate $1 trillion in sustainable finance by 2030, aiming to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
These efforts in Asia also contribute towards Citi’s global efforts to support economic progress for 15 million low-income households, including 10 million women, by 2025.
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Citi has been recognised by FinanceAsia, the region's premier capital markets publication, for sustainability work in the country and commitment to partnering with clients.
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