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Sustainability-linked debt: the risk of ESG-washing

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Sustainability-linked loans and bonds may have different sustainability performance targets and pricing mechanisms from one another, but innovative new pricing structures may increase the risk of 'ESG-washing' across the whole asset class, Lori Shapiro writes

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Environmental Finance Bond Database has created18 KPI groupings for sustainability-linked debt.

As illustrated in figure 6 Carbon/GHG emissions is the most prevalent KPI for both SLLs and SLBs. Global ESG assessment (a rating or score from a 3rd party verifier) is the second most used KPI for SLLs which contrasts with the comparatively few SLBs using the global ESG assessment KPI. Social KPIs such as gender, healthcare, health and safety, education, and affordable housing are more commonly used for SLLs than SLBs. Social KPIs are less frequently used than more quantifiable environmental and climate based KPIs.

You can find more charts like this in our  Sustainability-Linked Debt in 8 metrics report.

 

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