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ICMA online course: Introduction to Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds

23-24 July

Developed by a combination of leading market practitioners and ICMA’s sustainability experts, this livestreamed workshop provides a thorough and practical introduction to the essentials of green, social and sustainability bonds (GSS), featuring practical examples which illustrate the steps required for making a sustainable bond issue.

It introduces the underlying market drivers, evolving regulatory framework and the main features of GSS bonds based on the Green Bond Principles, the Social Bond Principles and the Sustainability Bond Guidelines, including essential definitions of what constitutes a GSS bond issue and a detailed review of how the Principles work.

While focusing on green, social and sustainability bonds, this workshop also briefly looks at new products and developments such as the recently issued Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles, the EU Taxonomy and EU Green Bond Standard.

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Key deliverables from the Green & Social Bond Principles AGM 2020: a presentation for the wider market, 22 June 2020

Following the Green Bond Principles (GBP) and Social Bond Principles (SBP) Annual General Meeting, members of its executive committee and working groups presented to the wider market the key deliverables that were recently announced, namely the new Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles and the updated Social Bond Principles, as well as a report on the status of the work on climate transition finance.

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2020 Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting, 9 June 2020

The 2020 Green & Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting took place virtually on 9 June, hosted by the London Stock Exchange Group on its digital platform.

The Executive Committee of the Green & Social Bond Principles and ICMA presented in detail the work carried out over the last year by the Executive Committee, the different Working Groups and the newly established Advisory Council. The results of this year’s Executive Committee elections were also announced.

While focused on Green, Social and Sustainability Bond markets, many of these discussions were of relevance to the development of sustainable finance generally including emerging products such as sustainability-linked bonds.

Attendance of the AGM was restricted to members and observers of the GBP and SBP.

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ICMA virtual event: Social bonds – gaining traction, 27 May 2020

ICMA members and interested market participants joined us for a virtual event on social bonds and the implications for Asia Pacific.

Social bonds and other social-themed fixed income products are gaining traction with market participants and are especially relevant in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. In this virtual event, sustainable finance experts from ICMA and the market discussed key features of social bonds and other virus response bonds, ongoing development of the Social Bond Principles, and the applicability of social bonds in addressing socioeconomic issues including those arising from COVID-19.

The discussion was led by ICMA’s Simone Utermarck, Director, Sustainable Finance.

Panellists included:
  • Judy Li, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
  • Helge Muenkel, Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific, Global Capital Markets, ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch
  • Rahul Sheth, Executive Director, Head of Sustainable Bonds, Standard Chartered
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ICMA webinar on the EU Green Bond Standards for US-based ICMA members & other market participants, 2 April 2020

ICMA US based members and other market participants joined us for a webinar on the EU Green Bond Standard (EU GBS) and potential market and regulatory implications.

The discussion was led by ICMA’s Nicholas Pfaff, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance and Secretary to the Green Bond Principles (GBP). Nicholas Pfaff is also a member of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG).
 
The briefing covered the following items:
  1. The EU Green Bond Standard and the EU Taxonomy
  2. The recent TEG publication of the Usability Guide for the EU GBS
  3. EU GBS’s relationship to the Green Bond Principles
  4. Potential implications for the international market and regulatory development
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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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