Sustainable bond issuance sets fresh record
2021 sustainable bond issuance has already surpassed the record-breaking 2020 total, supported by rising interest in sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds from corporate issuers. Ahren Lester reports
Boom time for green bond funds
Green bond funds reported sizeable assets growth in 2019, Ahren Lester explains, as the green bond market benefitted from rising market credibility and the arrival of ubiquitous corporate names.
NN launches corporate green bond fund
NN Investment Partners has launched a corporate green bond fund amid significant growth in the level of issuance from companies in 2019.
Telefonica Germany takes out €750m sustainability-linked loan
Telefonica Germany has agreed a €750 million ($835 million) revolving credit facility with a syndicate of three banks, the margin on which will be determined by the company's performance on sustainability criteria.
Telecoms green bonds ‘in top half’ of S&P’s Green Evaluation
Green telecom bonds would fall in the top half of S&P’s scoring range under its Green Evaluation analysis, indicating a positive environmental impact, according to a report by the ratings agency.
Green bond comment September: Are stringent standards a good thing?
Heads were turned when it was recently revealed that just 17% of the market value of bonds contained in the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index would meet the proposed EU Taxonomy criteria – and thus be eligible to be verified in line with the EU Green Bond Standard (GBS).
ESG data files - part 3, continued: ESG rating providers
The second instalment of this analysis of ESG rating agencies finds that investors are increasingly drilling down into the data that underlies the ratings. Peter Cripps reports.
ESG data files - part 3: ESG rating providers
As ESG ratings become embedded in mainstream investment decision making, they are attracting criticism. Is it justified, asks Peter Cripps.
The ESG data files - part one, continued: reported data
Investors are demanding an increasing amount of data from companies. What are its strengths and weaknesses, asks Peter Cripps
A telco's take on sustainability
Telefónica, which recently issued a green bond, explains its approach to responsible network deployment and climate change mitigation