The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is the main financing agent for development in Brazil. Since
its foundation, in 1952, BNDES has played a fundamental role in stimulating the expansion of the
industry and infrastructure segments in the country. Over the course of the Bank’s history, its operations
have evolved in accordance with the Brazilian socio-economic challenges, and now they include support
for exports, innovation, sustainable socio-environmental development and the modernization of the
Brazilian public administration.
The Bank offers several financial support mechanisms to Brazilian companies of all sizes, as well as
public administration entities, enabling investments in most economic sectors. In any supported
undertaking, from the analysis phase up to the monitoring, BNDES emphasizes three factors it considered
strategic: innovation, local and socio-environmental development.
In the 21st century, BNDES aligns its operations with the reality of a globalized world, with economies
deeply connected, intensifying its efforts to take on roles and duties that surpass the borders of Brazil, in
compliance with the increasing international insertion of the country. BNDES also finances the expansion
of national companies far beyond the borders of the country and seeks to diversify its funding sources on
the international market as well. In addition, the Bank has strengthened its efforts that that have been
traditionally conducted, such as financing exports of Brazilian goods and services in projects carried out
overseas and institutional fundraising through multilateral organizations, sharing experiences and
Therefore, with its extensive knowledge, a result of its long time experience allied with the technical
capacity of its workforce, BNDES is an important partner for investors to be able to understand and
access opportunities offered by the Brazilian economy. After intensively supporting Brazilian growth
since it was created and financing important investments for the country, BNDES reaches a new
operational level, also on a world scale, where it consolidates its role as a financing agent to the economic
and social development of our country.
The Brazilian Development Bank Abroad
For more than 50 years, BNDES has been one of the driving forces behind the Brazilian development,
offering several financial support mechanisms to companies, individuals and public administration
entities. The growing importance of Brazil in the world scenario, coupled with the interdependence of the
globalized world economies, has compelled BNDES to broaden its horizons and intensify its participation
outside Brazil as well.
In fact, BNDES’ connection with the global market has existed for a very long time. The Bank pays full
attention to exports from Brazil by fostering production and sale of locally-produced goods earmarked for
foreign trade. In addition, BNDES supports the internationalization of Brazilian companies, aiming at
increasing their competitiveness which, in turn, propels the global economy.
BNDES has other relations with the global market, for example, with multilateral organizations and
development agencies, through which the Bank raises funds and finances projects of common interest.
BNDES has also consolidated its funding on the international market by issuing bonds.
With all these efforts, BNDES aims to consolidate the strength and competitiveness of the Brazilian
economy within a fully connected world. With this, the Bank leverages its operations to a whole new
level, where promoting Brazilian development involves an integrated view in a global context.
BNDES Key Figures 2016
|USD billion (except percentages)
|Loans, net of allowance/Total Assets
|Nonperforming loans/Total Loans