With investors further integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into their investment decisions, green and sustainability bond demand continues to rapidly grow. Sustainalytics has been a global leader in working with issuers to help in meeting this demand through our Second-Party Opinion (SPO) service for green and sustainability bonds.
Learn more about Sustainalytics’ green and sustainability bond second-party opinion service.
Overview of our Sustainalytics’ Second-Party Opinion Service
As part of the issuance process, ICMA recommends and many investors expect green, social or sustainability bond frameworks to be aligned with the relevant Principles.
Prior to issuance it is recommended that issuers appoint an external reviewer to confirm alignment of the bond framework with the relevant Principles.
Professional and Impactful
Our second-party opinion document will clearly highlight key aspects of your thematic bond and your sustainability strategy.
Experienced and Award Winning
We have a large, dedicated and experienced team spanning geographies and time zones that has received multiple awards.
Respected and Recognized Firm
A trusted leader in the global sustainable finance market with a portfolio of more than 600 second-party opinions covering a diverse set of issuers and industries.
Enhance Awareness of Environmental or Social Issues
Issuers can highlight their green assets or their work in addressing sustainability goals to investors and other stakeholders.
Meet Growing Investor Demand
As the importance of sustainability grows, an increasing number of investors are making pledges on climate action and sustainable finance.
Gain Investors’ Confidence
An SPO from a trusted ESG ratings provider, like Sustainalytics, provides additional assurance on the credibility of the issuer and the issuance.
Diversify Issuer Investor Base
The demand for green and sustainability bonds is high and these types of bonds tend to be oversubscribed.
Meet Market Expectations
An SPO assesses the alignment of the bond’s framework with recognized International Capital Market Association’s (ICMA) Principles.
Assess the Use of Proceeds
An SPO assesses the impact of projects to be financed with the green or sustainability bond’s proceeds.
Enhance Your Bond Framework
Issuers are continuously under pressure by investors and the market to ensure their bond framework is aligned well past the issuance process. With our Annual Review service, we work with issuers post issuance to ensure that the projects financed and the reporting are aligned with the intended use of proceeds and commitments set out in the bond framework.
Projects are aligned to the eligibility criterial in your framework.
You are reporting on impact metrics as outlined in your framework.
Allocation processes and reporting are as outlined in the bond framework.
Climate Bond Verification
Leading companies are examining their climate-related business risks as well as their role in climate change mitigation. Climate bonds are used to finance projects that address climate change and are aligned with achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. As a Climate Bonds Standard Board approved external reviewer, Sustainalytics has completed more climate bond verifications than any other external reviewer in the market for 2020
Verify that projects and assets are eligible under relevant sector eligibility criteria and that internal processes and controls exist to manage bond proceeds
Through our assessment, provides issuers with a report stating whether the bond meets the Climate Bonds Standard’s post-issuance requirements
Issuers must annually report on their bond to comply with the Climate Bonds Standard’s post-issuance requirements to maintain a bond’s certification.
Sustainalytics offers issuers the ability to include in its second-party Opinion an additional assessment that aligns the issuer’s bond or loan framework with the EU Taxonomy. Adding the EU Taxonomy to a second-party opinion
assures the market and investors that the bond or loan framework is aligned to the EU’s six environmental objectives, giving confidence and reputability during issuance.
Sustainalytics’ assessment considers the following general requirements for a bond framework’s alignment with the EU taxonomy:
A Single Market Standard
Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.
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25+ Years ESG Expertise
350+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.
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As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.
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