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Developments in Green and Social Bonds and SRIs: a seminar for Chinese financial institutions active in the Grand Duchy

 
Jointly organised by ICMA and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Date and Venue

Date: 4 June 2018
Time: 
11.30 - 14.30

Venue:
Luxembourg Stock Exchange
35A boulevard 
Joseph II


Overview

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is becoming increasingly important in the global capital markets. In particular, issuance in the green bond market surpassed USD 150 billion in 2017, representing yearly growth of 60%.

Both the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange have been leaders in the development of this important new market.

ICMA helped to organise the launch of the Green Bond Principles in 2014, and the governance framework continues to evolve with the introduction of the Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines in 2017. The Luxembourg Green Exchange was officially launched in 2016 and is a leading platform of sustainable finance in the global markets.

China is now a leader in the SRI market as well, and the Green and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting & Conference will be held in June 2018 in Hong Kong.

To reflect these recent developments, ICMA’s Luxembourg Regional Committee and the Luxembourg Green Exchange organised a lunchtime seminar that allowed leaders from member banks of ICMA Luxembourg and Chinese banks active in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to learn about and discuss topics related to SRI as well as Green, Social, and Sustainablility Bonds.

This event was a valuable opportunity to further connect the Chinese financial institutions active in the Grand Duchy with green finance experts from the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and ICMA’s offices in Europe and Asia, and to better understand recent developments in international sustainable finance markets.

ICMA and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange delivered presentations on sustainable finance markets, followed by an interactive discussion on developments in international bond markets as well as a buffet lunch.

Admission: This event is free of charge and is open to all ICMA members and interested financial market participants.

Monday, 4 June 

11.30 Registration and cocktail
12.00

Welcome speech by ICMA Luxembourg, and introduction to ICMA Asia Pacific
Yves Bodson, BCEE and Mushtaq Kapasi, ICMA

12.20
ICMA Green Bond Principles
Denise Odaro, ICMA
12.40
Luxembourg Green Exchange and SRI initiatives
Robert Scharfe, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
12.55
“The need for a common language in green finance”
Aldo Romani, EIB
13.05
Discussion with Chinese Banks on subjects linked to their activity in Luxembourg
ICBC and Bank of China
13.20 Walking Lunch & Networking
14.30 Official end of event