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2019 Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference

Date: 13 June 2019

Palmengarten Gesellschaftshaus
Palmengartenstraße 11
60325 Frankfurt am Main

AGM Timing: 08.00-11.30 Open to Green Bond Principles Members and Observers Only.
Conference Timing: 11.30-19.30 Open to all market participants and commentators.

The 2019 Green & Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference will take place in Frankfurt on 13 June, co-hosted by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and ICMA.

After a highly positive reception for the last annual meetings in Hong Kong, attracting well over 800 registrants, the events return to Europe at a time of important market and official initiatives on sustainable finance in the EU.

In 2018, the fastest growth of issuance was in social & sustainability bond format (+35% and +87% respectively), the latter integrating green and social use of proceeds. Green bonds remained the dominant source of volume ($169bn). Europe was by some distance the largest source of issuance and an important source of growth, with North America and Asia the other substantial regions of issuance, and selected Asian markets also posting strong growth.

The Green & Social Bond Principles are the most widely used framework for issuers in this international market, and continue to provide a foundation for new sustainable finance initiatives. The recently launched Corporate Forum on Sustainable Finance was co-founded by a range of prominent sustainable bond issuers. Also, the official sector continued to roll out or prepare new guidance building on the Principles: Among the landmark developments are initiatives from the European Commission, which has been consulting the market on an EU Green Bond Standard, as part of a wider Action Plan on Sustainable Finance.

The conference will cover topical areas including new corporate initiatives, sustainability classifications / taxonomies, emerging regulation, impact reporting and wider implications for corporate reporting, growth markets and a spotlight on developments in Germany. While focused on sustainable bond markets, many of these discussions will be of relevance to other asset classes, including related products such as sustainable loans.

The event is again expected to be a landmark fixture for the sustainable finance sector and will be open to all professionals and officials interested in the future of these fast-growing markets. It will be of relevance for investors, issuers, intermediaries, external reviewers, policy makers and market supervisors, stock exchanges, index and data providers, law firms, and other important stakeholders.

Please note that attendance at the AGM is restricted to members and observers of the GBP and SBP. There is still time to apply for member or observer status, which delivers a wide range of other benefits.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Registration & Lunch
Welcome & Keynote
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA
Tarek Al-Wazir, State Minister for Economy, Energy, Transport & Development, Hesse, Member, German Cluster for Green & Sustainable Finance
Dr. Günther Bräunig, CEO, KFW
Presentation of 2019 GBP / SBP Publications & Innovations
Nicholas Pfaff, Managing Director, Secretary to the GBP/SBP, ICMA
Panel 1: Regulatory Innovation – a game-changer for sustainable finance?
Lars Eibeholm, Chairperson GBP/SBP Excom; Member of Excom, NIB
Dr. Sabine Mauderer, Member of Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank; Member of Steering Committee, Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)
Transfer to Breakout sessions
Breakout sessions

Panel 2: Germany Inc. – Connecting a Green Economy Powerhouse with Green Market
Karsten Löffler, Co-Head, UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School (Cluster Co-Lead)

Panel 3: New Paradigms in Impact Reporting and Wider Implications
Moderator: Isabelle Laurent, Joint Co-ordinator, GBP/SBP ExCom Impact Reporting Working Group; Deputy Treasurer, EBRD

Panel 4: Growth markets and drivers
Moderator: Farnam Bidgoli, Head of Sustainable DCM EMEA, HSBC, Joint Co-ordinator, GBP/SBP New Markets Taskforce
15.30 Coffee / Networking break

To be annouced
Panel 5: Corporate Leadership Perspective – Are Corporates ready to mainstream Green & Sustainable Bonds?
Alexandre Marty, EDF, Member of GBP/SBP Excom and Co-Founder of Corporate Forum on Sustainable Finance

Keynote: Growth and innovation in sustainable loan markets
Clare Dawson, CEO, LMA

Panel 6: New Sustainability Taxonomies & Classifications - market implications
Moderator: Johanna Köb, GBP/SBP Vice Chair; Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance Group
Closing Remarks
Mandy DeFilippo, Chair, ICMA
Cocktail Reception
Event Close

*Please note that ICMA reserves the right to make changes to this agenda.

Due to the complex interrelationships of global economic processes, innovative and skilled forces from among financial institutions, investor groups, politicians and members of the public must be enabled to cooperate in a network-like structure. The Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany (GSFCG) brings together the activities of the various stakeholders, thus mobilising synergies that shape this transformation process in an efficient and cost-reducing manner.

The GSFCG pursues an open policy. A network is to be established, in which expertise is bundled in relation to matters of finance and risk. The GSFCG shall serve as a central point of contact for the sustainability- and climate-relevant issues/questions of actors in the financial sector and beyond. As a result, the various green and sustainable finance initiatives existing at the financial centre Germany and in Europe are to be strengthened, and any already existing impulse is to be invigorated. National initiatives such as the Hub for Sustainable Finance and others as well as European and international expert groups shall also be involved in the activities.

For more information, please visit the GSFCG website.

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