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The Executive Committee of the Green Bond Principles (GBP), which brings together a representative group of issuers, investors and intermediaries in the Green Bond market, with the support of the International Capital Market Association, has published the 2016 edition of the GBP. The GBP are voluntary process guidelines that recommend transparency and disclosure, and promote integrity in the development of this fast growing market by clarifying the approach for issuance of a Green Bond. The publication of the 2016 edition follows a wide consultation of the members and observers of the GBP - a community of near 200 institutions representing both participants and stakeholders in the Green Bond market.

The GBP 2016 provides a recommended template to inform the market on GBP alignment. It also recommends the public disclosure of external reviews, either in summary format through a recommended template and/or in its entirety. This information can be found in the GBP Resource Centre here.

The GBP governance framework, sets out the membership eligibility, which requires organizations to have issued, underwritten, or invested in Green Bonds, and admits others in the field of green finance as observers. It also establishes the Executive Committee.

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) serves as Secretariat, assuming administrative duties, and providing guidance for the governance of the Green Bond Principles and other issues. The Secretariat’s duties include facilitating information exchange with issuers, investors, underwriters, and other stakeholders, as well as gathering input for the annual update of the Green Bond Principles.

For information on how to participate in the Green Bond Principles, please contact ICMA at greenbonds@icmagroup.org.

As the principles are designed to be industry wide, Green Bond issuers and investors as well as banks are invited to participate. Download the application form here.

The Green Bond Principles