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Annual ICMA and JSDA Joint Conference: Developments in Green and Social Bond Markets – The Asian Perspective
Date and Venue

11 December 2018

Venue: Hotel New Otani Tokyo
4-1, Kioi-cho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-8578, JAPAN


The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) will hold their second joint conference on Developments in Green and Social Bond Markets on 11 December 2018 in Tokyo.

Global issuance of green bonds, which raise finance for projects with environmental benefits, continues to grow rapidly. Global issuance grew by 21% in H1 2018 to US$85bn (source: SEB). Issuance from corporates and financials grew especially well (+40% and more than double, respectively). Cumulative green bond issuance is approaching $500bn. The social and sustainability bond segment has also been buoyant, with amounts outstanding growing to $44bn by end H1.

In Asia, the Asia-ex-China region has grown most rapidly in the past 12 months, with issuance growing almost 300% to $14bn (to end 8/18, source: SEB) including the issuance by Japanese issuers at $2.8bn (source: MoE, Japan). China remains the largest market in Asia, with close to $30bn issued in the last 12 months.

These markets are supported by widely accepted voluntary guidelines on transparency and accountability for issuers, the Green and Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines, governed by an Executive Committee of elected market participants and hosted by ICMA. The Executive Committee, supported by ICMA, published a wide range of new guidance and research in 2018, including mapping to the UN SDGs, Guidance for External Reviewers, new Impact Reporting Guidance for Social Bonds, and an Investor Survey.

The Tokyo conference will bring together issuers, underwriters, investors, policymakers, market infrastructure and service providers, NGOs and other stakeholders in the global and in particular Asian green, social and sustainability bond markets.

The full agenda will be published in due course.

Admission: Open to all interested financial market participants free of charge. Registrations in advance are essential.

If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Anne Cooke.


Registration, Tea & Coffee
Welcome & Opening speech
Shigeharu SUZUKI, Chairman and CEO, JSDA

Welcome & Keynote: Convergence of Global Standards & the Pivot to Asia
Martin SCHECK, Chief Executive, ICMA 
Panel: GBP/SBP - Driving Standards and Going Mainstream

Coffee & Networking Break
Panel: The Japanese market – architecture for growth

Panel: Sustainability: Classification, Materiality & Investment Performance
Panel: Green & Social Bonds & Loans serving the SDGs
Coffee break

Leadership Debate

Closing Remarks
Martin SCHECK, Chief Executive, ICMA
*Please note this agenda is subject to change.


  BNP Paribas is a leading international bank with a presence in 73 countries, with over 190,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets, International Financial Services, and Corporate & Institutional Banking. The Group helps its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.

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Owned by the 28 EU Member States, EIB is the largest multilateral lender and borrower in the world and our 3 300 staff can build on 60 years of experience in project financing.  The EIB targets four priority areas in support of growth and job creation: innovation and skills, Small Medium Enterprises, climate action and strategic infrastructure across the EU.

In 2007, EIB pioneered the green bond market. EIB has raised more than EUR 23.5bn in green bonds across 11 currencies. The Bank provided more than €19.6 billion to fight climate change in 2017 (nearly 30% of our total financing).

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ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries.
Sustainability forms an integral part of ING’s strategy, which is evidenced by ING’s ranking as a leader in the banks industry group by Sustainalytics.

We believe that being sustainable is not just about reducing our environmental footprint. As a bank, our role is to facilitate and finance society’s shift to sustainability. We are committed to better understanding the impact of our lending activities and working with our clients to drive progress towards a low-carbon and self-reliant society.

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Mizuho Securities, as one of the core group companies in the Mizuho Financial Group provides comprehensive investment banking and securities expertise under the slogan of “One MIZUHO”. It has an outstanding track record in arranging both retail and institutional bond transactions in various currencies for Japanese and foreign issuers. 

By leveraging its expertise and global presence through its dedicated 262 offices across Japan and 9 offices overseas as of June 30, 2018, Mizuho Securities is committed in expanding the “Green and Social Bond” markets.

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Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By ‘Connecting Markets East & West’, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its four business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking), and Merchant Banking.

Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership.

For further information about Nomura, visit www.nomura.com

SMBC Nikko Securities, a member of the SMBC Group, is one of the leading full-line securities firms in Japan covering all client segments and offering a broad range of financial products and services through its 149 branches in Japan and its global network including five subsidiaries.

In 1999 we created the Nikko Eco Fund, the first SRI fund in Japan. Since then, we have actively worked on addressing key social issues through a range of investment products for investors and also have been providing our institutional clients with SDG financing opportunities in areas including the green, social and sustainable bond markets to address the growing profile of ESG issues in capital markets


Supporting Associations


Japan Investment Advisers Association
  Media Partner


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