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  • 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.

  • QBE impact investments pass $900m

    17 September 2020

    QBE has almost reached its goal of $1 billion in impact investments by next year, using its Premiums4Good programme.

  • IFC says 'impact' portfolio outperformed by 15% since 1961

    03 September 2020

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) says a first-of-its-kind study on the performance of every equity impact investment it has ever made shows the entire portfolio delivered 15% higher returns than comparable, non-impact investments.

  • 'Blue bonds' could finance fish stock recovery

    24 August 2020

    Planet Tracker has proposed a 'blue bond' could be used to finance the replenishment of fish stocks by subsidising fishing firms to reduce capacity to allow population recovery.

  • BlueOrchard sees strong H1 despite Covid-19

    30 July 2020

    Impact investment manager BlueOrchard has reported a strong first-half performance, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures working group announced

    21 July 2020

    Ten financial firms have joined a working group to develop a reporting framework for the impact of the financial sector on biodiversity and ecosystems to complement the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).