Sustainability Linked Loans

Helping build Sustainability Linked Loan Programs

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Companies can leverage their ESG performance to improve their bottom line and their company’s overall ESG performance through Sustainability Linked Loans (SLLs). SLLs give borrowers the opportunity to apply the loan toward general business purposes as the terms are tied solely to the borrowers ESG-related performance and not the use of proceeds or the projects financed. This flexibility has made the SLL a popular alternative to traditional capital raising and debt.

Learn more about our SLL service.

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Find out how the path of green finance has evolved, as well as our view on where the sustainable finance bond market is headed. 

Key Benefits

Sustainalytics works with banks and companies to build the Sustainability Linked Loan Program. Our solutions are aligned to the Sustainability Linked Loan Principles and we work in-close collaboration with the borrower and the client to identify and track the ideal metrics that the Sustainability Linked Loan will be tied to.

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Expand lending portfolios and meet firm-wide sustainability financing commitments

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Incentivize corporate clients to improve their sustainability performance

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Leverage credible third party ratings and opinions to accelerate lending process

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Support positioning as sustainable finance leader

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Assist to meet public commitments made for sustainable finance

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Deeper relationship and engagement with customers

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Access to discounted loan rates

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Improve overall sustainability performance

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Demonstrate sustainability commitment to stakeholder

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Flexibility to use the funds for general corporate purposes

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Deepen relationship and interactions with banks

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Drive internal alignment across the business

Sustainalytics KPI-SPT Assessment Service

At Sustainalytics we also offer a KPI-SPT Assessment. The assessment is an evaluation of the relevance and materiality of an issuer’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the ambitiousness of the associated Sustainable Performance Targets (SPTs) that can be considered as part of the potential sustainability-linked loan.   

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Non-public Assessment

The final report is a non-public assessment and can be used by the issuer teams only for internal purposes

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Sustainalytics Methodology

Final report will be a detailed KPI-SPT assessment in line with Sustainalytics’ SLB methodology

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Option to Extend

Issuer can extend the engagements to a full Second Party Opinion within 12 months

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No SPO commitment required.

The internal report can be used to inform Framework development process.

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Contract value

The assessment offered can be extended to a full SPO

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Expedited Assessment

The KPI-SPT has a quick turnaround time

Why Sustainalytics?

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A Single Market Standard

Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.

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Award-Winning Research and Data

Firm recognized as Best ESG Research and Data Provider by Environmental Finance and Investment Week.

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End-to-End ESG Solutions

ESG products and services that serve the entire investment value chain.

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30 Years of ESG Expertise

500+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.

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A Leading SPO Provider

As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

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