Events and Education

2020 Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference

Given the current situation globally with the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it has been decided to change the format and date, as well as partially relocate, this year’s GBP SBP Annual General Meeting & Conference which was scheduled to take place in New York on May 12. 

The AGM itself of the GBP SBP will be relocated to London on May 19 and will be a smaller and remote enabled event for members and observers of the GBP and SBP only. The Conference will be rescheduled to later in the year in New York.


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ICMA and Swiss Sustainable Finance joint conference: Developments in the green bond markets – the Swiss perspective, Zurich, 29 January 2020
Hosted by Zürcher Kantonalbank

The global market for green bonds, providing finance for tackling climate change and other environmental projects, is growing rapidly, with Q3 2019 seeing green bond issuance at a historical high of over $35 billion.

In Switzerland, the momentum behind green bonds is beginning to build. This conference, jointly organised by ICMA and Swiss Sustainable Finance delegates heard about regional developments, with major Swiss issuers and investors describing the advantages of this form of finance.

In addition to the Swiss market perspective, there was a presentation on international trends in the green bond market and on green and sustainable loans.  

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ICMA and ASSIOM FOREX Conference: Developments in the Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets – Italy and Europe, Milan, 28 November 2019

The sustainable bond market has already experienced continued rapid growth in 2019, with global issuance this year now totalling over $150.76 billion. As the market has grown the Green Bond Principles, the Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines – voluntary guidelines for issuers, supported by ICMA, have become the definition for a credible international green, social or sustainable bond issue.

This one day conference presented by ICMA and ASSIOM FOREX, in partnership with Banca IMI, looked at the increasing involvement of the official sector in promoting green finance in Europe and in Italy with particular emphasis on the European Commission’s proposed Green Bond Standard and its interaction with the Green Bond Principles and on government initiatives in Italy.

Speakers from the official sector and the industry discussed policy and innovation in support of the green bond market and how green bonds can be used to promote transition to a low carbon economy.

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Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets - Japan and Asia, Tokyo, 9 October 2019

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) held their third joint conference on the “Developments in Green, Social, and Sustainability Bond Markets—Japan and Asia” at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.

Building on the strong interest in the previous events in Tokyo, rising awareness of sustainable investing and the rapid evolution of the market and international guidance, the conference this year attracted approximately 700 attendees.

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ICMA Future Leaders (IFL) summer networking reception: The future of sustainable finance, Zurich, 3 September 2019

ICMA members joined us for an evening of networking, featuring a discussion on sustainable finance and on potential career options in this rapidly growing market.

Sharing their insights, Mirjam Staub-Bisang, Country Head of BlackRock Switzerland and Giuseppe Cosulich, Head of Green Debt Capital Markets at Credit Suisse International looked at the latest developments in the market and what the sustainable finance sector can offer to attract talented young professionals who might be tempted by careers in FinTech and the culture of start-up companies.

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2019 Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference, Frankfurt, 13 June 2019
Co-hosted by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany

Venue: Palmengarten Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt

The 2019 Green Bond Principles (GBP) and Social Bond Principles (SBP) Annual General Meeting and Conference was co-hosted by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and ICMA. The Green & Social Bond Principles are the most widely used framework for issuers in this international market, and continue to provide a foundation for new sustainable finance initiatives.

A landmark fixture for the sustainable finance sector, the conference covered topical areas including new corporate initiatives, sustainability classifications / taxonomies, emerging regulation, impact reporting and wider implications for corporate reporting, growth markets and a spotlight on developments in Germany. While focused on sustainable bond markets, many of these discussions were of relevance to other asset classes, including related products such as sustainable loans.

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