Introduction to Green, Social and Sustainability (GSS) Bonds - Online self-study
Start date: 1 October


OVERVIEW
COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE DETAILS
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Green bonds which finance projects with environmental benefits have passed the $1trillion dollar milestone for the amount issued since the first ever green bond in 2007. Fast growth in this market sector is driving unprecedented demand for skilled professionals and for targeted training in the fundamentals of the products and the application of the Green and Social Bond Principles, the foundation for green and social bond issuance.

Like the classroom course, our self-study option gives you a deep understanding of the mechanics of green, social and sustainability bonds, taking you from the big picture policy context to introducing the underlying drivers of market development, main product features and regulation. We will talk about the Green and Social Bond Principles, the Sustainability Bond Guidelines and the new Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles and explain how they work in practice, including evaluation and selection of eligible projects for funding, the role of external reviewers and guidance on reporting. The course is illustrated with examples from the market, getting you ready to apply the knowledge at work and includes quiz questions for each module to ensure you're following the content.




Course Outcomes

By completing this course you will be able to:
  • Identify recent trends and potential future developments and opportunities for green, social and sustainability bonds
  • Discuss why the market matters and how it works
  • Understand foundation skills for taking part in the GSS bond market - how and why to align with and apply the Principles, including:
  • Benefits of GSS bonds and developing the positioning in your organisation
  • Decision-makers: Identifying who is relevant
  • Strategy: Alignment with overall corporate / environmental strategy
  • Regulation: The Principles’ importance in regulatory trends
  • Players: Mapping leading market players
  • Identify principles aligned issuance framework: 4 pillars of GSS bonds
  • Define green and social: Types of projects eligible for GSS bonds
  • Recognise reporting frameworks: Recommendations and practice in reporting, including allocation and impact reports, and templates offered by the GBP SBP
  • Understand external reviews and other services: The role and value-added of service providers, notably external reviews foreseen by the GBP SBP and increasingly by regulators
  • Identify perspectives and roles of the key players in the GSS bond market including –regulators, investors, underwriters, issuers, external reviewers including rating agencies, stock exchanges, data and index providers.

Who should attend?
  • Firms who are looking to issue or invest in green, social and sustainability bonds
  • Market professionals involved in underwriting, research or professional services for sustainable 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 sustainable bond markets
Online courses start on the 1st of each month – please note that payment must be received BEFORE access to these courses are provided.

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 24 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 Completion will be awarded on completion of the course material. Please contact education@icmagroup.org if you have any questions regarding certification.

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 education@icmagroup.org.

Pricing

ICMA Members: EUR 950 + VAT (if applicable)
Non-members: EUR 1,200 + VAT (if applicable)


Costs include full access to the online campus and all associated learning materials.

Course coordinator


Raymond Seager


The course syllabus is divided into the following areas:

Section I – Product Landscape
Module I - The Big Picture: Policy Context of Sustainable Finance
Module II - Product Snapshot: Green and Social
Module III - Market organisation and product guidance
Module IV - Dynamics in GSS bond markets

Section II – Green Bond Principles
Module I – GBP Pillar I
Module II - GBP Pillar II & III
Module III - GBP Pillar IV
Module IV – External Reviews

Section III – Social Bond Principles
Module I – Social Bond Principles

Section IV – Coming to Market
Module I – Market Participants
Module II – Preparing for Market

Section V – Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles
Module I - Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles

Online Self-Study Course

Delegates who sign up to online courses will have access for 6 months to enable them to take advantage of the additional online resources, discussion boards and other functions of our new digital learning platform.

Online courses start at the beginning of each month – please note that payment must be received BEFORE access to these courses are provided.
Start: 1 October

Start: 1 November



Online course fees

Self-study online course fees:
  • ICMA Members: EUR 950 + VAT (if applicable)
  • Non-members: EUR 1,200 + VAT (if applicable)
Costs include full access to the online campus and all associated learning materials.

Please note that:
  • Payment for online courses must be received before the start of the course.
  • 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.

As an indicative guide, we would recommend a total of 24 study hours is required to go through the material. Please note this is an approximate guide only.




Contact

Should you have any queries, please contact education@icmagroup.org.

Test your knowledge

Have to be used for a specific project identified by the issuer
Can be used for any project the issuer wishes to allocate them to
Have to be used for energy efficient buildings
They directly aim to address or mitigate a specific social issue and/or seek to achieve positive social outcomes directed towards a specified target population
Both answers are correct
True
False
2010
2014
2017
Sustainability Handbook
Green Bond Principles
Green Bond Framework

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