ICMA Workshop: Introduction to Green Bonds
Hosted by King & Wood Mallesons and supported by KangaNews


Melbourne Workshop
Sydney Workshop
Date: 3 March 2020
Date: 4 March 2020
Time: 08.30 - 17.00 Time: 08.30 - 17.00
Venue: King & Wood Mallesons
600 Bourke Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Venue: King & Wood Mallesons
1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Green, Social and Sustainability bonds are a means of raising finance for projects with environmental / social benefits. Over $275bn of green, social and sustainability bonds were issued across the three formats in 2019 representing a year-over-year increase of around 33%. Green bonds alone totalled nearly $230bn in issuance and at least 61 market entrants from 21 countries contributed this number while bringing the total number of green bond issuers to over 800 (Source: CBI).

The Green Bond Principles (GBP), Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines are the voluntary guidelines which make recommendations for transparency and disclosure to issuers, helping investors to make informed decisions about the bonds' environmental features. They are supported by  a global community of more than 300 institutions and have become the internationally accepted framework for issuing in this market.

Green bond learning for practitioners

This course from ICMA provides a thorough and practical introduction to the essentials of green bonds. Developed and delivered by a combination of leading market practitioners and ICMA’s green bond experts, the material also benefits from input from members of the GBP Executive Committee, comprising the elected representatives of the most significant issuers, investors and underwriters in the green bond market.  

The course introduces underlying market drivers, the evolving regulatory framework and the main features of the green bond product and market based on the GBP. It includes essential definitions of what constitutes a green bond issue and a detailed review of how the Green Bond Principles work.   

While focusing on green bonds the course also looks at developments in the social and sustainable bond markets, which have started to flourish, following the introduction of the Social Bond Principles and the Sustainability Bond Guidance in 2017.

After completing the programme, you should understand:

  • Recent trends and potential future developments and opportunities for green bonds
  • Why the market matters and how it works
  • Foundation skills for taking part in the green bond market - how and why to align with and apply the GBP, including:
    • Benefits of green bonds and developing the positioning in your organisation
    • Decision-makers: Identifying who is relevant
    • Strategy: Alignment with overall corporate / environmental strategy
    • Regulation: The GBP’s importance in regulatory trends
    • Players: Mapping leading market players
  • GBP-aligned issuance framework: 4 pillars of green bonds aligned with the GBP
  • Defining green: Types of environmental project eligible for green bonds
  • Reporting: Recommendations and practice in reporting, including use of proceeds and impact reports, and templates offered by the GBP
  • External reviews and other services: The role and value-added of service providers, notably external reviews foreseen by the GBP and increasingly by regulators.
  • Buy-side considerations: Integrating green bonds in investment strategy and practice
  • ICMA-GBP Membership & Services: Advantages of joining the GBP community - support and promote your future green bond activities
  • The perspectives and roles of the key players in the Green Bond market including –regulators, investors, underwriters, issuers, external reviewers including rating agencies, stock exchanges, data and index providers

Who should attend?

The programme is intended for:
  • Firms who are looking to issue or invest in bonds linked to environmentally beneficial projects
  • Market professionals involved in underwriting, research or professional services for green bonds; this includes capital markets lawyers, external reviewers including rating agencies, stock exchanges, data and index providers official sector representatives promoting, supervising or developing policies on sustainable finance
  • Press, academics and other professionals with an interest in sustainable finance and the merits of green bond markets

Delegate Fees

ICMA Member & KangaNews Subscriber rate: 750 EUR (approximately 1,250 AUD)
Non member rate: 1000 EUR (approximately 1,650 AUD)

5% reduced fee for 5 or more delegates from the same organisation on the same course
10% reduced fee for 10 or more delegates from the same organisation on the same course

Delegate fees are payable, in advance of the course start date. Payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard) will be changed in EUR. Alternatively, please select payment by invoice to pay in Australian dollars through wire transfer.

Register for the Melbourne Workshop on 3 March 2020

Register for the Sydney Workshop on 4 March 2020

Please do not book your travel until advised to do so by ICMA.
We will inform you when the course is confirmed to go ahead. For security reasons, delegates who have not registered in advance will not be admitted to this workshop.

If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact ICMA Events.