Welcome to the Environmental Finance Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Awards.
As the green bond market has continued to grow and evolve, so too have our awards. Our 2019 Bond Awards now have dedicated categories for green, social and sustainability bonds.
With the kind help of an independent panel of judges – who are investors – the Awards seek to recognise those that excel, innovate and contribute to the successful development of the market.
Winners of Environmental Finance's Bond Awards can take pride in having been recognised by the market for their thought-leadership, best practice or innovation.
Law firm of the year: Latham & Watkins
US law firm Latham & Watkins advised on a number of significant global deals, including the first ever sovereign 'blue bond'.
Index of the Year: Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index
Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index was voted best index for the third consecutive year.
Green project bond of the year: Equilibrium Capital
The Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pinal's $61.4 million green bond was hailed as the first renewable natural gas project financing in the US…
Sustainability bond of the year, Corporate: Macquarie University
The AUD250 million ($184 million) dual-tranche sustainability bond from Australia's Macquarie University in August 2018 was a pioneering transaction in several respects.…
Lead manager of the year – green bonds, SSA, and US muni: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) was involved in a number of large transactions that helped it claim lead manager of the year...
Award for innovation - use of proceeds: Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)
NYK pioneers with world's first shipping green bond
External assessment provider of the year – Cicero Shades of Green
Norway's Cicero retained its title as External assessment provider of the Year for the third consecutive year, although this time the award went to its new subsidiary…
Sustainability bond of the year – US muni: New York City Housing Development Corporation
Since joining the market in 2015, New York City Housing Development Corporation (NYCHDC) has been a serial issuer of sustainability bonds.
Green bond of the year, SSA: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Capital
CPPIB invests the assets of the CAD368.5 billion ($275 billion) Canada Pension Plan.
Lead manager of the year, social bonds – bank: Daiwa
Daiwa was the joint lead manager for two social samurai bond transactions issued by BPCE in 2018.
Green bond lead manager of the year – bank, and social bond lead manager of the year – SSA: Crédit Agricole CIB
Crédit Agricole's longstanding commitment to the green, social and sustainable fixed income market was recognised by judges.
Green bond fund of the year, Initiative of the year: Amundi and IFC's Emerging Green One
The Amundi Planet Emerging Green One green bond fund – the largest in the world by a factor of four – bought more green-labelled issuance in its first year than…
Lead manager of the year, sustainability bonds – SSA: BMO
BMO Capital Markets acted as joint lead manager for the World Bank's two Canadian dollar-denominated sustainable development bonds in 2018, each raising CAD1 billion…
Social bond of the year, SSA: Nederlandse Waterschapsbank
Nederlandse Waterschapsbank (NWB) picked up the Environmental Finance bond award for best social bond from a supranational, sub-sovereign or agency for…
Award for innovation – bond structure: Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility project bonds
In February 2018, a $95 million, multi-tranche, sustainability-labelled series of project bonds was issued to help develop a sustainable rubber plantation and rehabilitate…
Personality of the year: Marilyn Ceci, JP Morgan
JP Morgan's Marilyn Ceci is one of the pioneers of the green bond market.
Award for investor of the year: Zurich Insurance Group
The judges of Environmental Finance's bond awards saluted Zurich Insurance Group's pioneering work on green, social and sustainability bonds.
Sustainability bond of the year – Local authority/ municipal: Region Ile de France
Region Ile de France marked its commitment to the socially responsible investment market in 2018 by issuing its sixth green and sustainability benchmark...
Lead manager of the year, green bonds - local authority/municipality: social bonds – corporate; and sustainability bonds – corporate: HSBC
HSBC scooped awards as an underwriter in the green, social and sustainability categories.
Green bond of the year, corporate: TenneT
Grid operator TenneT biggest green issuance to date scooped the award for the best corporate green bond of 2018.
Green bond of the Year, Sovereign – Indonesia
Indonesia's first sovereign green deal marked a milestone in the market's evolution. The $1.25 billion transaction was the first green sovereign issue from Asia,…
Green bond of the Year - US muni: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The Public Utilities Commission of San Francisco (SFPUC) issued two series of green bonds which are believed to be the world's first to incorporate a put option.
Lead manager of the year, green bonds – corporate, sovereign; sustainability bonds – bank: BNP Paribas
French bank BNP Paribas claimed three separate titles for the year's best lead manager, in 12 months that were packed with deals from first-time issuers.
Green bond of the year, bank: ING
ING Group's dual-tranche green bond raised a total of $2.9 billion, helping make it the largest Europe-based financial institution issuer of green bonds to date.
Sustainability bond of the year – Sub-sovereigns, Supranationals and Agencies: NRW state
North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the largest German state with a population of almost 18 million, has an impressive track record in the sustainability bond market.
Lead manager of the year, sustainability bonds – US muni: JP Morgan
New York City-based bank JP Morgan has been a vocal supporter of the growing sustainability bond market, and is the fourth-largest lead manager of sustainability…
Impact report of the year (for issuers only): IFC's Social Bond Impact Report 2018
The IFC was one of the first social bond issuers to align committed social projects to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Social bond of the year – bank: Deutsche Kreditbank
Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) issued the first ever social Pfandbrief, raising €500 million ($588 million).
Social bond of the year, corporate - Danone
French food and drink manufacturing giant Danone issued its inaugural social bond, raising €300 million ($368.5 million).
Sustainability bond of the year, Bank: BNG Bank
November's €750 million ($856 million), seven-year sustainability bond from BNG Bank was the fifth such issue from the Dutch public sector lender– all of them benchmark…
Exchange of the year – Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Luxembourg Stock Exchange has won the Environmental Finance's exchange of the year award for the third consecutive year.
Green Bonds - Asset-backed/asset-based bond of the year: Berlin Hyp
Berlin Hyp won the asset-based green bond award by Environmental Finance for the second time this year.
Social bond of the Year, US muni – City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, like many other cities in the US and Europe, faces a housing crisis, as several years of rapidly rising prices has put home ownership out of reach for…
Green bond of the year – local authority/municipality: Province of Ontario
The Province of Ontario is the largest issuer of Canadian dollar green bonds, having raised a total of CAD3.05 billion ($2.27 billion).