BRI Syariah

Banks pledge to support green finance

The nation’s eight largest banks, representing 46 % of national banking assets, have committed to implementing sustainable financing as part of global environment goals.

Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Muamalat, BRI Syariah, Bank Jabar Banten (BJB) and Bank Artha Graha Internasional signed the commitment with the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia on Monday. The commitment was manifested in a pilot project called “first step to becoming a sustainable bank”, marking a big move taken by the banks less than a year after the OJK launched the 2014-2019 Sustainable Financial Roadmap, according to OJK head Muliaman D. Hadad.

“I hope these eight banks, which are the prime movers in this project, can encourage other banks and financial institutions to join the country’s implementation of sustainable finance,” Muliaman said in his speech. Through the green banking pilot project, Muliaman said participating banks were expected to balance their pursuit of profits with willingness to conserve the environment, serving as examples to their peers.

BRI’s Shariah Branch Debuts Program to Tap Interest in Gold, Islamic Finance

BRI Syariah came with a brand new product which allows its customer to buy gold in installments.
President director Ventje Rahardjo stated that the bank is planning to provide Rp 400 billion ($46.4 million) in financing for customers in order to buy gold.
The product uses two Shariah contracts, qardh and ijara . Under qardh, the bank loans money to the customer to buy the gold, and the debtor is only required to repay the amount borrowed. The customer must keep the physical gold in the bank’s vault which, under ijara, is rented out by the bank.

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