By Ahren Lester
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Green Bond Technical Assistance Programme (GB-TAP) has published a 40-page step-by-step guide for firms considering issuing a green bond.
The handbook – which is free to download through Environmental Finance – is intended to assist issuers in progressing their green bond in alignment with the Green Bond Principles (GBP) administered by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA).
As well as providing some background and theory behind green bonds – and an in-depth analysis of the GBP – the guide details the process required to design and then execute a green bond.
"Since the market is already well-served by pertinent and timely research, this living document is intended to be a practical guide for potential issuers ... designed as a tool through which to disseminate best practices," according to the IFC.
"The handbook has been compiled by market practitioners with deep practical experience of working with issuers and investors and will be updated periodically to reflect innovation in practice in the green bond market."