The following provides guidance for applying Principle 5 of Equator Principles 4 (EP4). More specifically,
this guidance advises Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs) on the requirements for “Stakeholder Engagement” where projects may affect Indigenous Peoples communities. This Guidance Note applies globally to all projects within the scope of EP4. EPFIs should also have regard to International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 7 “Indigenous Peoples” of the IFC Performance Standards (PS7) and its associated Guidance Note (GN7). EPFIs should make themselves familiar with the text of both IFC PS7 and GN7 as these are used throughout this Guidance Note. This Guidance Note does not introduce any new requirements beyond what is stated in EP4. The purpose of the Guidance Note is to help EPFIs to implement EP4 and can be used at the discretion of EPFIs.