August 2017

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USD 84.6 bn of green bonds in 2017, SEB Research

On 29 August, SEB released its latest Green Bond Research Report  summarising year to date development in the Green Bond space. The green bond market continues to grow rapidly, with USD 84.6 bn of issuance YTD, standing 53% higher than 2016 volumes Year-over-Year (YoY). According to the report....

Asian Development Bank Proposes Creation of National Green Financing Vehicles

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in a report launched 29 August, propose the creation of national green financing vehicles to catalyze environmentally and financially sustainable infrastructure investments in Asia and the Pacific. The report, Catalyzing Green Finance: A Concept for Leveraging Blended Finance for Green...

Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability, Harvard Business Review

Seymour Burchman and Barry Sullivan draw parallels between sustainability metrics and quality metrics introduced by manufacturers in the 1980’s in executive compensation incentives in a recent article in Harvard Business Review. The quality metrics where shown to focus executive attention and ensure quality initiatives actually...

Finance Matters Interviews Dominique Carrie from Social Finance

Bio Base: London, UK Position: Associate, International Development Team, Social Finance Tenure in current role: 11 months By: Clare McCartney Dominique, can you tell us a bit about your story / background? I was born in France and lived there until I was 18, when I decided to travel and see...

IFR Asia Green Bonds Roundtable 2017, Wrap Up

IFR Asia convened a panel of specialists in Hong Kong on July 11 to discuss the progress made so far and debate the challenges ahead.  2017 YTD has been a comparatively quiet year for China’s domestic market. However, the arrival of first-time issuers from the...

Millenials fueling $9 trillion sustainable investing market

Millennials are driving the nearly $9 trillion sustainable investing market, according to Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing. Sustainable investment products have grown at a rate of more than 33% between 2014 and 2016 in the US, according to data from the US SIF Foundation...

J.P. Morgan commit to $200 bn clean-energy financing by 2025

JPMorgan Chase is expanding its strategy to advance environmentally sustainable solutions for clients and its own operations according to a press release. The firms two new strategic goals include firstly, renewable energy, meaning the firm will source renewable power for 100 percent of its global...

Green Bond Funds Face Diversification Challenge, Fitch Report

Diversification is the main portfolio management challenge for green bond funds as issuer numbers are limited and concentrated in certain sectors, Fitch Ratings report. The size of the investible green bond universe depends on the specific definitions and characteristics of each fund, but Fitch estimate...