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Rapid growth in the sustainable bond market is driving unprecedented demand for skilled professionals and for targeted training in the fundamentals of the products and the application of the Green, Social and Sustainability Linked Bond Principles, the foundations for sustainable bond issuance.

This introductory course gives you a deep understanding of the mechanics of green, social, sustainability and sustainability linked bonds, taking you from the big picture policy context to introducing the underlying drivers of market development, main product features and regulation. We discuss the Green and Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines, and then the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles. We then explain how they work in practice, including evaluation and selection of eligible projects for funding, the role of external reviewers and guidance on reporting.

Course Outcomes

By completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify recent trends and potential future developments and opportunities for sustainable bonds
  • Discuss why the market matters and how it works
  • Understand the foundation skills necessary for taking part in the sustainable bond market (i.e. how and why to align with and apply the Principles), including:
    • Benefits of sustainable 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 and 5 core elements of SLBs
  • Define green and social: Types of projects eligible for GSS bonds
  • (For SLBs) identify recommendations and practice in reporting, including on the performance of KPIs and ambition of SPTs
  • Recognise reporting frameworks covering recommendations and practice in reporting, including allocation and impact reports and templates offered by the GBP SBP
  • Understand the role and value-added of external review (and other) service providers as recommended the various principles.
  • Identify perspectives and roles of the key players in the sustainable bond market including regulators, investors, underwriters, issuers, external reviewers including rating agencies, stock exchanges, data and index providers

Programme Recognition

This course has been approved by the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong for Continuous Professional Training (CPT).

ICMA is also a member of the CPD® Certification Service which helps organisations formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet professional development expectations.

ICMA recommends that 15 learning hours can be associated with this course, based on attended/undertaken hours of study required to successfully complete the learning outcomes.

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


ICMA Members: EUR 1,150 + VAT (if applicable)
Non-members: EUR 1,650 + VAT (if applicable)

Course Trainers 

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
  • Module III – GBP Pillar III
  • Module IV - GBP Pillar IV

Section III – Social Bond Principles

  • Module I – Social Bond Principles

Section IV – Coming to Market

  • Module I – External Reviews
  • Module II – Market Participants
  • Module III – Preparing for Market

Section V – Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles

  • Module I – Transition Finance and the Climate Transition Finance Handbook
  • Module II - Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles
  • Module III – SLB Market
  • Module IV – SLB vs UoP – the differences

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 Introduction to Sustainable Bonds live sessions are delivered in three 3.5 hour sessions over the course of three days. 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.

Livestreamed course fees

ICMA Members: EUR 1,550 + VAT (if applicable)
Non-members: EUR 2,050 + VAT (if applicable)

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.


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