Berkshire Hills: Issuing a sustainable bond is a 'no brainer'
Berkshire Hills hopes its ground-breaking sustainability bond will be followed by others, but the US community bank's Gary Levante tells Ahren Lester the market needs a small and mid-cap 'evolution'
Acciona: Impact in the sustainable bond market is very low
Frustrated by the limited impact of sustainable bonds, the Spain-based conglomerate has published an additionality-focused framework it hopes will help transform the market. Ahren Lester reports
Real economy sustainable bonds: Spotlight on Romania
Guy Richardson looks at the prospects for the sustainable debt issuance from the country's power, agribusiness, and transport sectors
S&P Shades of Green: Updated SPO offers more than just 'an extra shade'
The financial research and analysis firm tells Ahren Lester its updated second-party opinion (SPO) methodology is more than just a marriage of the separate S&P and Shades of Green models
On the origin of green bonds
The principles that underpin the 'use of proceeds bond market' - and the focus on the positive use of money - can be traced back to the eighteenth century, argues Chris Wigley
Gabon deal shows rise of nature bond conversions
The Gabon blue bond is the third debt-for-nature deal of this type signed in the last year, boosting confidence these transactions can be scaled. Ahren Lester writes
Hungary 'looking into' sustainability-linked, social bonds after green update
After updating its green bond framework, Hungary is considering expanding into other sovereign sustainable bond labels. Ahren Lester reports
Is Anti-ESG here to stay?
The US arguably pioneered Responsible Investment and its anti-ESG movement will prove temporary, writes Christopher Wigley
Australian sustainable bond issuance cools amid regulatory scrutiny
Australian corporate issuers have "taken their foot off the pedal" on their sustainable bond plans amid market volatility and increasing scrutiny by regulators looking for cases of 'greenwashing', NAB's David Jenkins tells Ahren Lester.
NatWest hails Acciona's additionality-driven framework
With a focus on local impact and EU Taxonomy-aligned capital expenditure, Pietro Stimamiglio says Acciona is looking to up the game for sustainable finance. Ahren Lester reports