Live sessions: 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 March & 4, 5, April 2022
10.30-14.00 CEST | Time Zone Converter

Sustainable bonds, which focus on providing financing for environmental and social objectives and advancement, surpassed the USD 2 trillion-dollar milestone in September 2021, 14 years after the first green bond in 2007. The various sustainable bond principles, for which ICMA is the secretariat, remain the foundation of the global marketplace and practices.

This course is designed for professionals who already have a reasonable understanding of fixed income but need to know more about the theory and real market application of sustainable bonds and all the ICMA principles (green, social, sustainability and sustainability linked), coupled with the rapidly evolving global policy, taxonomies, and other relevant regulation. We will use practical examples and case studies throughout the course to enhance the learning. The course will be further enhanced with presentations from leading market participants – e.g., investors, external reviewers and issuers.

Course Outcomes

By completing this course you will be able to:
  • Identify and apply the key components of the ICMA Green Bond, Social Bond and Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles and the Sustainability Bond Guidelines, including their governance.
  • Discuss the practical application of a Sustainable Bond/Finance Framework and the follow-on impact reporting from a sustainable bond.
  • Discuss how the ICMA Climate Transition Finance Handbook works and how issuers can align with its guidance as we progress towards the Paris climate goals.
  • Recognise the different types of external reviews such as SPOs that can be assigned to sustainable bonds and frameworks.
  • Appreciate the wider context of practicalities of the sustainable bond marketplace including the steps in coming to market, what investors are looking for and have come to expect, the role of indices, listing authorities and data providers, etc. 
  • Link the main regulations and legislative initiatives that resulted from the 2018 EU Action Plan with an emphasis on the EU’s Disclosure Regime. Specifically Article 8 under the EU Taxonomy, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and the proposed Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
  • Describe the how the EU Taxonomy works and appreciate the proposed EU Green Bond Standard. Identify the main features of other global taxonomies and standards and the interplay of those with the sustainable bonds market and the Principles.

Who should attend?

The qualification is intended for candidates who have at least basic grounding in the fixed income markets and some awareness of sustainable finance that are seeking an in depth understanding of the theory and practical application of sustainable bonds. Given the complete nature of the course it is well suited to investors, issuers, debt capital markets bankers, reviewers, researchers, lawyers and any others that touch this rapidly growing and key marketplace.

Certification and Programme Recognition

This course has been accredited by the CPD® Certification Service and approved by the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong for Continuous Professional Training (CPT).

ICMA recommends that 50 learning hours can be associated with this course, based on attended/undertaken hours of study required to successfully complete the learning outcomes.

The course is certified by ICMA. A Certificate of Attainment will be awarded to those who successfully pass the final exam of this course.

Please note that your course certificate of attendance or completion should be sufficient to satisfy any professional development requirements – if you require further evidence, please contact us at


The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions which candidates have two hours to complete. In order to pass, candidates must answer a minimum of 30 questions correctly, with a score of 45 or more earning a distinction.


ICMA Members: EUR 2,900 + VAT (if applicable)
Non-members: EUR 3,550 + VAT (if applicable)

*Course fees will be changing in 2022 - register before Monday 6th December to benefit from early-bird pricing.

Course Trainers 
The syllabus content is divided into several key topic areas (full syllabus to follow):
  •     Sustainable finance overview
  •     The Principles (use of proceeds)
  •     Bonds and Transition Finance (non-use of proceeds)
  •     External Reviews and reporting
  •     Coming to market
  •     Regulatory environment part 1 - disclosure
  •     Regulatory environment part 2 - taxonomies
  •     Regulatory environment part 3 - products/Sustainable bond labels

Livestreamed Course

ICMA livestreamed courses are delivered via video conferencing accessed on our digital learning platform, using the most effective pedagogical approaches and incorporating interactive functions like virtual breakout rooms.

The "Advanced Introduction to Green, Social and Sustainability (GSS) Bonds" live sessions are delivered in eight 3.5 hour sessions over the course of three weeks. You will be given access to the course materials before the live sessions, and will have access to those for a total of six months. During these six months you will have the option to keep working through the course materials at your own pace.

Live sessions: 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 March & 4, 5, April
10.30-14.00 CEST | Time Zone Converter

Live sessions: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, November (2022)
10.30-14.00 CEST | Time Zone Converter

Livestreamed course fees*

ICMA Members: EUR 2,900 + VAT (if applicable)
Non-members: EUR 3,550 + VAT (if applicable)

*Course fees will be changing in 2022 - register before Monday 6th December to benefit from early-bird pricing.

For security reasons, delegates who have not registered in advance will not be admitted to the live sessions.

Please note:
  • All payments must be made in Euro.
  • Invoices for single registrations are subject to an additional Euro 50 to cover administration costs*. No administration fee applies for invoices covering two or more registrations.
*Administration costs cover the provision of supporting documents, which are often requested along with the invoice, to become an approved supplier.


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