Guidance Handbook

Since the original publication of the Green Bond Principles (GBP) in 2014, and the subsequent releases of the Social Bond Principles (SBP) and Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG), market participants have sought additional information on how to interpret this guidance especially for its practical application for transactions, as well as in the context of market developments and complementary initiatives.

The Executive Committee with the support of the Secretariat has published in June 2019 an up-to-date edited compendium of the former Q&A in a “Guidance Handbook” organised thematically. The latest version published in April 2020 contains additional responses, including those arising in the context of the socioeconomic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The table of content now covers 6 sections:
  • Fundamentals,
  • Governance & Membership,
  • Core Components of the GBP/SBP,
  • Market and Technical Issues,
  • Other Market and Official Sector Initiatives, and
  • Social Bonds related to COVID-19.
Following the publication of the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (SLBP) in June 2020 and the Climate Transition Finance Handbook in December 2020, dedicated Q&A documents have been released to further guide market participants. The Guidance Handbook will be updated accordingly shortly.

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