Events and Education

ICMA and Swiss Sustainable Finance joint conference: Developments in the green bond markets – the Swiss perspective

Hosted by Zürcher Kantonalbank

Date: 29 January 2020
Time: 14.00-19.00
Venue: Zürcher Kantonalbank, Steinfels, Josefstrasse 222, CH-8005 Zurich

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 is an opportunity to hear 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 will be a presentation on international trends in the green bond market and on green and sustainable loans.  

Registration for this event is now closed. To join the waiting list, please contact ICMA Events.

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HKMA-ICMA Sustainable Finance Conference

Date: 20 February 2020
Time: 08.30-18.30
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the International Capital Market Association will co-host a one day conference on sustainable finance in February, bringing together representatives from the official sector and the finance industry to discuss developments in this fast growing and high profile market.

Expert panels will consider regulatory innovation, international market standards, the requirements of ESG investors, and the perspectives of issuers in the green, social and sustainability bond markets.

The event will also feature concurrent workshops co-organised with Hong Kong regulators and agencies on green and sustainable banking; ESG integration in asset managers’ investment and risk management; climate risk insurance and insurance-linked securities; and ESG governance and opportunities arising from green finance for listed companies.

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With commitment to fully supporting green finance to combat climate change, during the week of 17 February 2020, the HKMA will collaborate with strategic partners to organise a "Green Week" comprising a series of events, to discuss and spur ideas and solutions to tackle climate change risk and mobilise finance to support the transition towards a sustainable economy. The HKMA-ICMA Sustainable Finance Conference is just one of them. More details on the other events to be held in Green Week can be found here.

ICMA Workshop: Introduction to Green Bonds

Hosted by King & Wood Mallesons and supported by KangaNews

3 March 2020, Melbourne, King & Wood Mallesons, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000
4 March 2020, Sydney, King & Wood Mallesons, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 08.30-17.00

This course from ICMA provides a thorough and practically oriented introduction to the essentials of green bonds. Developed and delivered by a combination of leading market practitioners and ICMA’s green bond experts, the material also benefits from input from members of the GBP Executive Committee, comprising the elected representatives of the most significant issuers, investors and underwriters in the green bond market.  

The course introduces underlying market drivers, the evolving regulatory framework and the main features of the green bond product and market based on the GBP. It includes essential definitions of what constitutes a green bond issue and a detailed review of how the Green Bond Principles work.   

While focusing on green bonds the course also looks at developments in the social and sustainable bond markets, which have started to flourish, following the introduction of the Social Bond Principles and the Sustainability Bond Guidance in 2017.

India Securities Summit

Date: 13 March 2020
Time: 08.15-14.00
Venue: London Stock Exchange Group, 10 Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7LS

ICMA, together with the London Stock Exchange and DLA Piper, will hold an India Securities Summit in London where leading practitioners from banks, asset managers, law firms and corporates will be attending to discuss developments in debt capital markets in India and to review the key trends and opportunities.

Topics to be featured at the summit include; the outlook for emerging debt capital markets in 2020 with a focus on India, infrastructure financing, recent developments in green financing, including green, social and sustainability bonds and the process of raising international debt.

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

Date: 12 May 2020
Time: Annual General Meeting (08.00 - 11.30) Open to GBP SBP Members & Observers only; Conference (11.30 - 20.00) Open to all
Venue: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

With issuance in the global green, social and sustainability bond markets at record levels, the 2020 GBP SBP Annual General Meeting & Conference is being held in North America for the first time following previous events in Europe and in Asia.

The Conference will feature global themes, as well as North American market developments. It will review international regulatory initiatives and the impact of European actions, as well as key topics such as the new emphasis on climate transition finance and the potential for sustainability linked debt instruments.

Registrations will open in February.

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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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