Bank of America Merrill Lynch Environmental, Social and Governance

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with not-for-profits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organisations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter @BofAML.

 2016 ESG Executive Summary  and ESG Performance Data Summary

BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) has a presence in 75 countries with more than 180,000 employees, including 140,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Institutional Solutions and Corporate & Institutional Banking.

BNP Paribas Global Markets, part of BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking, provides cross-asset investment, hedging, financing, research and market intelligence to corporate and institutional clients, as well as private and retail banking networks. Global Markets' sustainable, long term business model seamlessly connects clients to capital markets throughout 35 markets in EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas, with innovative solutions and digital platforms.

Recognised as a leading European player with global expertise in derivatives from decades of experience, Global Markets meets the diverse, specific needs of each client and contributes to the real economy with a comprehensive suite of best-in-class services. Through Global Markets, clients can access a full universe of opportunities in equity derivatives, foreign exchange and local markets, commodity derivatives, rates, credit, primary markets and prime solutions and financing.

Global Markets offers a range of green financing and investment solutions designed to facilitate the energy transition and greenhouse gas reduction through the capital markets. In particular BNP Paribas Global Markets plays an active role in the green bond markets and ethical equity solutions.

BNP Paribas is committed to its Corporate & Social Responsibility. The Group advises and finances its corporate clients and provides investment solutions to its investors in full compliance with universal rights and principles. Thanks to this policy, BNP Paribas is recognised by extra-financial agencies as one of the most sustainable banks in the world:

  • Ranked 1st in the banking industry in relation to the environment by RobecoSAM and Sustainalytics' 2014 ratings;
  • Ranked 2nd in the 2014 World's Greenest Banks ranking by Bloomberg.

BNP Paribas considers the financing of the energy transition and the Greenhouse Gas reduction as a priority. Accompanying clients through these transformations means offering a range of green financing solutions. In particular BNP Paribas plays an active role in the green bond market, renewables origination and carbon financing. BNP Paribas’ innovative approach is designed to help clients navigate the energy transition with confidence. www.bnpparibas.com

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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Crédit Agricole CIB is the Corporate and Investment Banking arm of the Crédit Agricole group, the world’s n°11 largest bank by total assets (The Banker, 2016). The Bank offers its clients a large range of products and services, structured around five major divisions: Client Coverage & International Network, Investment Banking, Structured Finance, Fixed Income Markets, Debt Optimisation and Distribution.

Crédit Agricole CIB was the first French bank to sign the Equator Principles. It has also been a pioneer in Green Bond markets with the arrangement of public transactions from 2012 for a wide array of issuers (supranational banks, corporate, local authorities, banks). The Bank was one of  the co-drafter of Green Bond Principles, and more recently, of the Social Bond Guidance. Relying on the expertise of a dedicated team and on the strong support of all bankers, Crédit Agricole CIB is one of the most active banks in this market. 

HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. With more than 6,100 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We serve around 51 million customers through our four Global Businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 73 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.

Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by about 216,000 shareholders in 127 countries and territories.

Learn more about our Sustainable Financing: http://www.gbm.hsbc.com/sustainable-financing

J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank is a global leader across banking, markets and investor services. The world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions entrust us with their business in more than 100 countries. With $20.5 trillion of assets under custody and $390.8 billion in deposits, the Corporate & Investment Bank provides strategic advice, raises capital, manages risk and extends liquidity in markets around the world.  It is also committed to environmental sustainability and is a leading underwriter of Green Bonds. The firm was a co-author of the Green Bond Principles and currently serves on its Executive Committee. Further information about J.P. Morgan is available at www.jpmorgan.com.

Amec Foster Wheeler designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for our customers across global infrastructure, energy, environment, climate resilience and related sectors. Employing 35,000 people in more than 55 countries with revenues of £5.4 billion (2016), the company provides consultancy, engineering, construction and operational services around the world.

We develop and implement innovative, safe and sustainable solutions to the toughest challenges, drawing on experience gained in projects spanning finance, energy, transport, waste, water, housing and more. In the Green Bond Market our design, plan, consult, engineer, procure and construct experience provides robust, reliable and secure services for issuers, project developers and lead managers alike.

Lion’s Head Global Partners is a financial advisor and asset manager based in London and Nairobi, focused on emerging markets finance and non-traditional banking sectors. We provide financial advisory services to governments, parastatals, corporates and development institutions, in areas such as corporate and project finance, capital markets, financial structuring, transaction advisory and business rationalisation. Our key sectors of expertise include climate finance, WASH, infrastructure, financial sector development and intermediation, agriculture, healthcare and education. We are the Fund Manager of the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com), a $50 million fund seeded by KfW and with investments from the IFC and, as of June, the FSDA. We are a UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated entity.

Lyxor has been running ETFs since 2001, longer than any other European provider. Our pioneering spirit helped shape the market you know today. We’ve become one of Europe’s largest1, most liquid ETF managers2. And our far-reaching range spans all asset classes, and includes some of the largest and most efficient ETFs3.

We now offer 200+ ways to explore markets. So, whether you’re seeking essential core index exposure, reaching out for more tactical opportunities or interested in smart beta, we have the product to match. Wherever you roam, rest assured our quality charter means every fund meets the same meticulous standards.

1Source:Lyxor International Asset Management. Data refers to Assets Under Management. Data correct as of March, 2017
2Source:Lyxor International Asset Management. Data observed between July 2015 and June 2016.
3Source:Lyxor International Asset Management. Data observed between January 2016 and December 2016

Moody's Investors Service

Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets, and the firm's ratings and analysis track debt covering approximately 120 sovereign nations, 11,000 corporate issuers, 21,000 public finance issuers, and 72,000 structured finance obligations.

oekom research AG is one of the world's leading research agencies in the field of sustainable investment. The agency analyses companies and countries with regard to their environmenta, social and governance performance. oekom research has extensive experience as a partner to institutional investors and financial service providers, identifying issuers of securities and bonds which are distinguished by their responsible management of social and environmental issues. More than 160 asset managers and asset owners routinely draw on the rating agency's research in their investment decision-making. oekom research's analyses therefore currently influence the management of assets valued at over EUR 1,5 trillion.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and its predecessor organizations have been in business for more than 150 years.

We are one of the world's leading providers of independent credit risk research across industries and benchmarks, asset classes and geographies. Our goal is to help our clients, investors and other market participants make more informed business and investment decisions.

In 26 countries around the globe, our analysts, managers and economists assess the factors and trends that affect creditworthiness.

To inform our credit opinions, we engage in frequent dialogue with senior managers and industry leaders, and our analyses cover areas ranging from the state of an enterprise and its position in its industry, to the economic health of regions around the world.

http://www.spratings.com

Sustainalytics is an independent ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis firm supporting investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. With 13 offices globally, Sustainalytics partners with institutional investors who integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Today, the firm has more than 300 staff members, including 170 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise of more than 40 sectors. Through the IRRI Survey, investors selected Sustainalytics as the best independent responsible investment research firm for three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014, and in 2015 and 2016 Sustainalytics was named among the top three firms for both ESG and Corporate Governance research.

For more information, visit www.sustainalytics.com.

A pioneer in the field of climate impact assessment on investments and a world-leading advisor on sustainability-related portfolio risks, South Pole Group helps asset owners and asset managers gain actionable insights on the climate impact of their assets. The company’s in-depth knowledge in fund and portfolio advisory ensures that investments are channelled into promising, climate-friendly investment opportunities that trigger positive returns. South Pole Group offers project, fund and portfolio advisory, as well as access to new sustainable finance instruments. The Group’s diverse emission reduction portfolio includes many projects that ensure financial inclusion of the local communities involved. For more information, visit thesouthpolegroup.com or follow the company @southpolegroup.

We are not like other exchanges. Our core business is listing: we are home for roughly 37,000 securities issued by entities from more than 100 countries. All the securities are available for trading on our markets: an EU-regulated BdL market and the exchange-regulated Euro MTF.

We are also the first and, so far, the only exchange in the world to operate a platform dedicated entirely to green, social and sustainable securities. Launched in 2016, the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX) has become a meeting place for green-focused issuers and investors. Currently LGX displays securities worth USD 56 billion, half of all listed green bonds in the world.

For more information, including the offer of our subsidiary Fundsquare, visit www.bourse.lu

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is an industry research firm focused on helping energy professionals generate opportunities. With a team of experts spread across six continents, BNEF provides independent analysis and insight, enabling decision-makers to navigate change in an evolving energy economy. Visit https://about.bnef.com/ or request more information.

The Green Bond Principles (GBP) are voluntary process guidelines that recommend transparency and disclosure and promote integrity in the development of the Green Bond market by clarifying the approach for issuance of a Green Bond.

The Social Bond Principles (SBP), the application of the “use of proceeds” bond concept to themes beyond the environment, such as bonds financing projects with social objectives, and the Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG), for bonds financing both green projects and social projects, were both newly launched alongside the GBP update of June 2017. The SBP and the SBG provide transparency and disclosure to their market segments. The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) provides support to the GBP including advice on governance and other issues.

View the 2017 Green Bond Principles
 
View the 2017 Social Bond Principles
 
View the Guidelines for Sustainability Bonds 

Since 1971 Starbucks has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality Arabica coffee. Today Starbucks has more than 25,000 retail stores in 75 countries and is the premier roaster and retailer of speciality coffee in the world. Starbucks is committed to using its scale to positively impact the communities served around the world, and reducing its environmental impact, including a comprehensive approach to sustainable coffee sourcing. This includes providing support to coffee farming communities, helping mitigate the impact of climate change, and reinforcing long-term crop stability and farm sustainability.