ESG Bond Market Update 2020 & Transition Labels

ESG Bond Market Update 2020 & Transition Labels

Stephanie Sfakianos

35 years: Sustainable finance & banking

This video is part of a series reviewing market activity in the sustainable capital markets. Join Stephanie as she briefly explains some of the new transaction types that are emerging, and looks forward to the coming year.

This video is part of a series reviewing market activity in the sustainable capital markets. Join Stephanie as she briefly explains some of the new transaction types that are emerging, and looks forward to the coming year.

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ESG Bond Market Update 2020 & Transition Labels

16 mins 12 secs

Overview

During the first half of 2020, it is evident that the global Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on activity in the sustainable capital markets, meaning bonds whose proceeds are specifically allocated to projects, assets and activities with social and environmental benefits. This is evidenced in a rapid growth of bonds with social themes, where proceeds of social bonds are allocated to projects in areas such as health, education and housing, principally for underserved and marginalised individuals and communities.

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify the key trends in sustainable capital markets in H1 2020

  • Understand bonds with social themes, notably Covid Response Bonds and Sustainability Bonds

  • Outline the challenges of avoiding "social-washing" through better, more evidence based measuring and reporting on social impacts

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Stephanie Sfakianos

Stephanie Sfakianos

Stephanie's long career in the financial services industry in London culminated around the past seven years in the field of sustainable finance. She has now left the banking industry, but has continued to apply her sustainable finance expertise through her work with ICMA and the International Standards Organisation.

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