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Green and Social Bond Principles Sustainability Bond Guidelines

Aiming to enable and develop the key role debt markets can play in funding projects that contribute to environmental sustainability and positive social outcomes.
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ICMA GMRA Legal opinions

The GMRA legal opinions cover both the enforceability of the netting provisions of the GMRA as well as the validity of the GMRA as a whole. The legal opinions, presenting major cost savings for member firms active in the repo market, currently cover close to 70 jurisdictions and are updated annually.
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FinTech & market electronification

Technology is reshaping the way financial markets operate. Learn more about ICMA’s engagement and resources across primary, secondary, and repo and collateral markets.
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Online Learning

ICMA Executive Education offers candidates the opportunity to study several of our qualifications online through our bespoke training platform.
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ICMA Women's Network

A geographically broad women's network grounded firmly within the existing ICMA structure, which fosters the pipeline into management by focusing on career strategy and provides an impartial and open forum to discuss issues relevant to professional women.

News in brief

20 August 2019 ICMA employment opportunity - Director, Sustainable Finance, ICMA London or Paris Office...
19 August 2019 New ICMA members in August 2019...
30 July 2019 ICMA ERCC responds to ESMA’s consultation on SFTR Reporting Guidelines...
29 July 2019 ICMA publishes briefing on the importance of integrated capital markets and CMU...
29 July 2019 ICMA AMIC responds to ESMA’s consultation on possible short-term pressure from the financial sector on corporations...
29 July 2019 GBP SBP ExCom responds to Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index consultation ...
11 July 2019 ICMA Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2019 now available...
10 July 2019 ICMA Ops FinTech mapping directory: updated version released...
9 July 2019 ICMA responds to the ECB's market consultation on European Distribution of Debt Instruments (EDDI)...
8 July 2019 New executive education program on green bonds and sustainable finance welcomed by EM issuers...
2 July 2019 ERCC publishes guidelines to address the transition from EONIA to €STR...
21 June 2019 ICMA summarises and comments on EU TEG reports and status of EU sustainable finance plan...
18 June 2019 ICMA Future Leaders podcasts added to ICMA Podcast...
13 June 2019 GBP & SBP publish key documents – Impact Reporting Handbook, Green Project Mapping and Guidance Handbook – and announce Advisory Council, Executive Committee election result...
11 June 2019 New ICMA members in June 2019...
5 June 2019 A comparative review of practices and procedures in the Russian and international primary debt capital markets - an ICMA-NFA report...
21 May 2019 ICMA’s 3rd European IG Corporate Bond Secondary Market Study...
16 May 2019 ICMA elects new board members at Stockholm AGM...
15 April 2019 Participate in the ICMA European Repo and Collateral Council's 37th European repo market survey...
9 April 2019 ICMA publishes 2019 legal opinions on global master repo agreement...
4 April 2019 ICMA survey shows continuing steady growth in the European repo market - market size reaches EUR 7,739 billion...
3 April 2019 ICMA with the Green Bond Principles Executive Committee responds to European Commission's consultation on the TEG preliminary recommendations for an EU Green Bond Standard...
1 April 2019 ICMA with the Green Bond Principles Executive Committee responds to IOSCO consultation on sustainable finance in emerging markets and the role of securities regulators...
28 March 2019 ICMA AMIC responds to ESMA consultation on liquidity stress testing guidelines...
27 March 2019 New ICMA members in March 2019...
26 March 2019 Amendments to the ICMA Primary Market Handbook published...
20 March 2019 ICMA is delighted to have been able to contribute to the LMA, APLMA and LSTA's new Sustainability Linked Loan Principles...
18 March 2019 ICMA CIF reponds to ESMA consultation paper - Guidelines on Disclosure Requirements applicable to Credit Ratings...
13 March 2019 ICMA ERCC responds to BCBS consultation on leverage ratio disclosure...
4 March 2019 Japan Securities Summit held in London for the fifth time...
8 February 2019 New ICMA members in Febuary 2019...
7 February 2019 Results of the 2019 ICMA European Repo and Collateral Committee elections...
6 February 2019 Registration opens for the 51st ICMA Annual General Meeting and Conference, May 15 to 17 2019, Stockholm ...
6 February 2019 ICMA publishes briefing note on ESMA statement on the use of UK data in ESMA databases and performance of MiFID II calculations in case of a no-deal Brexit...
1 February 2019 ICMA AMIC responds to IOSCO consultation on leverage in investment funds...
31 January 2019 ICMA AMIC issues guide to due diligence requirements for investing in a securitisation position...
30 January 2019 ICMA launches Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Helpdesk...
17 January 2019 Frequently Asked Questions on Repo updated...
15 January 2019 ICMA ERCC publishes a briefing note on the European repo market at 2018 year-end...
8 January 2019 ICMA AMIC publishes joint paper with EFAMA on investment fund liquidity stress tests...
3 January 2019 New ICMA members in January 2019...
21 December 2018 Updated version of the ICMA ERCC Guide to Best Practice in the European Repo Market now available...
19 December 2018 Amendments to the ICMA Primary Market Handbook published...
18 December 2018 ICMA publishes primary markets technology mapping directory...
17 December 2018 Post-crisis regulation requires further evaluation as it could be detrimental for repo and securities lending markets finds GFMA and ICMA market assessment...
10 December 2018 IFL Essay Competition winner 2018...
7 December 2018 Joint associations letter to Vice-President Dombrovskis on Temporary Equivalence and Recognition in relation to UK CCPs...
6 December 2018 New report from ICMA shows European bond markets still waiting to experience the benefits of MiFID II implementation...
5 December 2018 Adopting International Practices of Bond Trustee Arrangements in China - An ICMA and NAFMII publication...
4 December 2018 ICMA publishes Brexit FAQs...
30 November 2018 ICMA AMIC publishes its latest AMIC Review publication ...
23 November 2018 ICMA AMIC survey on FICC research unbundling...
21 November 2018 New ICMA members in November 2018...
16 November 2018 ICMA Legal and Documentation Committee responds to ARRC consultation regarding more robust LIBOR fallback contract language for new issuances of USD-LIBOR floating rate notes...
17 October 2018 European repo market continues to grow with latest ICMA survey indicating baseline market size at record EUR 7,351 billion...
16 October 2018 Save the date! 2019 Green and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference...
3 October 2018 ICMA publishes discussion paper on CSDR mandatory buy-ins and securities financing transactions...
1 October 2018 New ICMA members in October 2018...
26 September 2018 Amendments to the ICMA Primary Market Handbook published...
7 September 2018 ICMA publishes paper on Regulatory approaches to FinTech and innovation in capital markets...
30 August 2018 ICMA publishes report on the Asia-Pacific cross-border corporate bond secondary market...
21 August 2018 New ICMA members in August 2018...
2 August 2018 ICMA publishes position paper on MiFID II Trading suspensions from the perspective of fixed income instruments...
23 July 2018 Publication of paper relating to new issuance of Sterling bonds referencing Libor by the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates...
19 July 2018 ICMA publishes information brochure on CSD Regulation mandatory buy-ins...
19 July 2018 Quarterly newsletter from the Green & Social Bond Principles - July 2018 now available...
18 July 2018 Publication of Consultation on Term SONIA Reference Rates by the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates...
28 June 2018 Video of international benchmark reform panel at ICMA's 50th AGM & Conference in Madrid, May 31, 2018...
26 June 2018 ICMA publishes new discussion paper on the CSD regulation: ‘How to survive in a mandatory buy-in world’...
25 June 2018 ISDA, AFME, ICMA, SIFMA and SIFMA AMG Publish Global Benchmark Report...
22 June 2018 An open letter to senior political leaders on 'Brexit: Cliff-edge risks in international capital markets' ...
19 June 2018 New ICMA members in June 2018...
14 June 2018 Asset purchases to end in December 2018...
14 June 2018 Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles 2018 editions now released along with best practice guidelines for external reviewers, a mapping to the Sustainable Development Goals and a framework for social bonds impact reporting...
14 June 2018 ICMA and HKMA co-host the 2018 Green and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong...
6 June 2018 ICMA co-signs industry letter to European Commission on supporting securitisation...
31 May 2018 ICMA members elect new board at Madrid meeting and new ICMA Board Chair appointed...
29 May 2018 ICMA publishes briefing note on the RTS for CSDR-SD related to the mandatory buy-in regime...
25 May 2018 European Commission publishes regulatory technical standards (RTS) for CSDR Settlement Discipline...
24 May 2018 ICMA welcomes European Commission’s proposals for implementing its Action Plan on Sustainable Finance...
21 May 2018 ICMA Overview of the ESMA Liquidity Assessment for Bonds (May-Aug 2018), including the list of liquid bonds...
16 May 2018 ICMA AMIC publishes position on ESRB review...
20 April 2018 ICMA CBIC issues position paper on EU covered bond legislation...
12 April 2018 ICMA ERCC responds to Commission consultation on the finalisation of Basel III...
11 April 2018 ICMA publishes 2018 legal opinions on global master repo agreement ...
10 April 2018 ICMA AMIC publishes statement on fund delegation...
10 April 2018 ISDA, EBF, ICMA and ISLA Publish Whitepaper on Benefits of Post-Trade Risk Reduction Services...
ICMA NEWS ARCHIVE...

Key Issues

Brexit: Implications for ICMA members
Brexit negotiations and the implications for international capital markets and ...
Benchmark reform and transition to risk-free rates
ICMA has been engaging with regulators and members on the global issue of benchmark reform  ...
Mandatory buy-ins under CSDR
Inclusion of mandatory buy-in regime in CSDR has been highly contentious. ...
EU SFT Regulation
SFTR is set to introduce an extensive reporting regime for repo and other securities financing  ...
Green, Social and Sustainability bonds
Key documents and updates were published at the 2019 GBP SBP AGM   ...

ICMA Executive Education

COURSES
ICMA Workshop: Professional repo and collateral management
Frankfurt, 11-12 September 2019
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SFTR workshop - repo reporting in practice
London, 13 September 2019
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Corporate Actions - Operational Challenges
London, 26-27 September 2019
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ICMA Intensive one-day workshop: Repo & the European repo market
London, 27 September 2019
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Collateral Management
London, 7-8 October 2019
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Introduction to Primary Markets Qualification (IPMQ)
London, 9-11 October 2019
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Introduction to Fixed Income Qualification (IFIQ)
London, 9-11 October 2019
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Securitisation – An Introduction
London, 14-15 October 2019
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ICMA Workshop: Introduction to Green Bonds
London, 14-15 October 2019
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ICMA Workshop: Repo and securities lending under the GMRA and GMSLA
London, 28-30 October 2019
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Financial Markets Foundation Qualification (FMFQ)
London, 6-8 November 2019
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ICMA Primary Market Certificate (PMC)
London, 11-15 November 2019
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ICMA Primary Market Certificate (PMC) Hong Kong
London, 11-15 November 2019
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Securities Operations Foundation Qualification (SOFQ)
Brussels, 13-15 November 2019
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ICMA Operations Certificate Programme (OCP)
Brussels, 18-22 November 2019
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Securities Lending & Borrowing - Operational Challenges
London, 18-19 November 2019
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Fixed Income Portfolio Management
London, 21-22 November 2019
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Portfolio Construction
London, 25 November 2019
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Compliance in Fixed Income
London, 29 November 2019
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The role of technology in financial markets
London, 2-3 December 2019
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OTC Derivative Operations: Products, Collateral, EMIR
London, 2-3 December 2019
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EVENTS
Briefing call for ICMA Asia Pacific members - EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance
Briefing Call, 29 August 2019
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SFTR and Implications for Asia-Pacific Workshop
Singapore, 3 September 2019
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ICMA Future Leaders (IFL) summer networking reception: The future of sustainable finance
Zurich, 3 September 2019
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SFTR and Implications for Asia-Pacific Workshop
Hong Kong, 4 September 2019
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ICMA Belgian Regional Summer Event: Summer in the City
Brussels, 12 September 2019
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Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets - Japan and Asia
Tokyo, 9 October 2019
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L’impact des nouvelles technologies sur les métiers du fixed income - Quelle est la nouvelle donne?
Paris, 9 October 2019
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13th ICMA Primary Market Forum
London, 14 November 2019
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ICMA European Repo and Collateral Council General Meeting
Brussels, 15 November 2019
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ICMA Asset Management and Investors Council (AMIC) Conference
London, 27 November 2019
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ICMA Switzerland and Liechtenstein Region’s Winter Event 2020
Zermatt, 24-26 January 2020
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ICMA Annual General Meeting and Conference 2020
Vienna, 24-26 June 2020
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