• 'Gender bond' guidance launched

    17 November 2021

    UN Women, International Finance Corporation and International Capital Market Association (ICMA) have published guidance on how issuers can use sustainable bonds to advance gender equality.

  • Amundi and IFC launch $2bn emerging market sustainable bond strategy

    03 November 2021

    Amundi and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will launch a fund to invest in Emerging Market sustainable bonds in 2022 which intends to mobilise up to $2 billion in private investment.

  • Fannie Mae, Nordea join Green Bond Principles executive as ING, Kommunalbanken depart

    11 June 2021

    Fannie Mae and Nordea Bank have been elected to the executive committee (ExCom) that develops the Green Bond Principles (GBP)...

  • Green Bond Principles tightens 'key' recommendations to reflect market best practice

    10 June 2021

    Three years after the last update, the widely adopted Green Bond Principles has received a raft of updates to bring it in line with the developing best practice in the global sustainable bond market. Ahren Lester reports

  • Emerging market sustainable bonds deliver 'more impact'

    26 April 2021

    Despite the misconception, market experts explained that emerging market sustainable bonds can deliver more impact for investors than developed market paper. Ahren Lester reports

  • EM green bond issuance forecast to cross $100bn in 2023

    20 April 2021

    Emerging market (EM) green bond issuance is expected to jump to more than $100 billion by 2023 from $40 billion in 2020, according to a report from Amundi and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), amid "highly supportive" market fundamentals.

  • HSBC, IFC 'real economy' emerging market green bond fund raises $538m

    18 March 2021

    A green bond fund launched by HSBC Global Asset Management and the International Finance Corporation targeting 'real economy' issuers in emerging markets has raised more than $530 million from ten investors at its final close.

  • Sustainable bond pricing perk 'not enough' for emerging market issuers

    12 March 2021

    A webinar organised by Environmental Finance and the IFC heard from emerging market issuers of green, social and sustainability bonds about their experiences. Ahren Lester reports

  • Pakistan explores issuing first sovereign 'nature performance bond'

    26 February 2021

    Pakistan could become the first sovereign to issue a nature performance bond, it has been revealed.

  • IFC tightens coal phase-out conditions on financial clients

    22 September 2020

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has strengthened its approach to thermal coal investment exposure among its financial institution clients, announcing it will not make equity investments in firms that do not have a phase-out plan in place.