The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) is the official U.S. export credit agency. It is an independent federal agency that provides financial support of U.S exports in order to bolster U.S. job growth. Ex-Im provides trade financing solutions – including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers.
Ex-Im is an Equator Principles Financial Institution (EPFI), which means that it adheres to the Equator Principles (EPs) risk management framework for determining, assessing, and managing environmental and social risk in the projects that it supports. As of May 1, 2011, Ex-Im implemented the EPs through its Environmental and Social Due Diligence Procedures and Guidelines (ESPG), which cover the processes for screening, categorization, guidelines, and environmental and social impacts review of all Ex-Im transactions, including project financing and project-related corporate loans.
As a federal agency, Ex-Im abides by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA, found in Section 552 of Title 5 of the United States Code, was enacted by Congress to provide the public with access to certain federal records. The Act requires federal agencies to produce government records in response to requests from the public, provided that the records are not exempt from disclosure by FOIA.
Ex-Im currently does not have a grievance mechanism through which affected communities can seek redress for their complaints. Please see our current advocacy page for more information.