EIB issues 'first' digital green bond in Europe
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has raised SEK1 billion ($93 million) from the first "digital green bond" in Europe, which was issued through an open source platform developed by SEB and Crédit Agricole CIB (CA-CIB).
A definition of unsustainable finance is needed for debt capital market growth
A common definition of what is unsustainable is needed to boost the growth of sustainable debt capital markets...
Sustainability Linked Bond Principles get first birthday present - further metric guidance
One year after they were first published, the developers of the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (SLBP) have provided some illustrative metrics...
Green Bond Principles tightens 'key' recommendations to reflect market best practice
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
Social bond fund growth is coming - but perhaps not imminently
After social bond issuance jumped nine-fold in 2020, attention is increasingly turning to the lack of dedicated social bond funds. They are expected to arrive, but perhaps not immediately. Ahren Lester reports
Landmark Italian green bond ten-times oversubscribed
Italy has issued the largest ever sovereign green bond with its €8.5 billion ($10.2 billion) maiden green note, which was nearly ten times oversubscribed by investors.
HSBC named largest GSSS bond underwriter for second year
HSBC retained its position as the largest green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked (GSSS) bond market underwriter in 2020, in a year marked by the rapid acceleration in social and sustainability bonds and the arrival of further innovative bond classes.
Social surge helps 2020 sustainable bond issuance to double
After a record-breaking $600 billion sustainable bond issuance in 2020 in which diversification beyond green bonds gathered pace, expectations are high that the momentum will be carried into 2021. Ahren Lester reports
Sustainable bond market could hit $725bn in 2021, says CA-CIB
Sustainability-linked bonds are 'more powerful than green bonds'
ESG in Fixed Income Europe 2020 conference: The 'use of proceeds' model adopted by most green bonds came under attack, amid allegations that it is susceptible to 'greenwashing'.