There is growing recognition across all sectors that, in order to be truly in line with the goals of a low carbon economy, integrating ESG factors into traditional credit analysis is crucial. Join our team of experts, who will explore how the bond markets play an integral role towards funding projects with a sustainable purpose and form a key part of the transition towards sustainable finance.
ESG Bond Markets
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11 video modules • 1 hour 39 minutes
In this video, Stephanie talks about the background of sustainable finance, key milestones and the relationship between environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks and financial risks.
Stephanie Sfakianos • 11:56
We saw huge growth in the ESG bond market in 2020, with headlines focused on new COVID-19 sustainable debt issuances. In this video, Keith gives an overview of the parallel growth of ESG loans, which isn’t covered nearly as much by the mainstream media. He also discusses the size of the market and the types of loans, and then finishes by discussing a few recent ESG loan transactions.
Keith Mullin • 16:06
In the introductory video to this social bonds series, Keith defines a social bond and discusses their different applications. He further outlines the development of the social bond market along with the key challenges the market faces today.
Keith Mullin • 10:41
In this video Keith highlights the social bond market timeline. The first social bond was introduced by the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFM) in November 2006. Since, social issuance has emerged in covered, senior unsecured, senior preferred, and senior non-preferred format.
Keith Mullin • 06:51
The Social Bond Principles are a set of standards enforced by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). In this video, Keith sets out the clear principles relating to reporting, use of proceeds, and external reviews.
Keith Mullin • 06:54
Within the fourth video in this series, Keith discusses the key challenges with measuring the impact of social bonds, such as the long time lags associated with impacts of social projects and suggests investors have a role to play in offsetting this to an extent. This may come in the form of active investor engagement.
Keith Mullin • 03:06
In the last video to this series of Social Bonds, Keith discusses the concept of social additionality, the idea whereby positive outcomes accrue solely because of the issuance of social bonds, and that the true investment in the social economy is inflated due to refinancing. If only new projects were included in market volumes, the gross size of the market would reduce dramatically.
Keith Mullin • 05:23
The rise of labelled ESG debt issuance and investing in recent years has, unsurprisingly, been accompanied by a rapid increase in the number of industry providers offering products and services throughout the market’s value chain. The main purpose of this video by Keith is to provide a detailed explanation on "SPOs" - Second-Party Opinions.
Keith Mullin • 08:33