Sustainability Linked Bonds

Helping companies build their Sustainability Linked Bond Program

Sustainability Linked Bonds

Companies are increasingly looking for opportunities to meet their sustainability performance targets while continuing to drive positive impact and change. As green financing continues to grow as a key priority for corporates, the emergence of sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) has opened the door for more issuers to participate in sustainable financing, helping to diversify economic options available to companies and investors.

Learn more about Sustainalytics’ Sustainability-Linked Bond service.

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Sustainability Linked Bonds
September 16, 2020  |  Blog

Overview of Our Sustainability Linked Bond Service

In Order to support issuers in their pursuit of issuing credible sustainability linked bonds, Sustainalytics offers a Second-Party Opinion Service (SPO) on the SLB which covers the following:
Assessment

Detailed assessment of the alignment with the SLB Principles which assures investors that the transaction is credible and aligns with market expectations.

Company assessment

Through a collaborative process with the company, we do a thorough assessment of the sustainability strategy to ensure it aligns with best practices.

Assessment of Impact

Assessment of the expected impact of the Sustainability Performance Targets (SPT) and the contribution to the SDGs.

Key Benefits of an SPO on Your Sustainability Linked Bond

market expectations

Meet Market Expectation

External verification that your bond aligns with the Sustainability Linked Bond Principles.

impact

Signal Your Intended Impact

Assure investors that achieving the sustainability performance targets has a positive environmental and social impact.

confidence

Gain Investor's Confidence

An SPO from a trusted ESG ratings provider, like Sustainalytics, provides additional assurance on the credibility of the issuer.

sustainability

Highlight Your Sustainability Efforts

Sustainalytics' SPO speaks to your sustainability strategy and how the targets fit into your past and future sustainability efforts.

Trusted by our clients

Why Sustainalytics?

Market standard

A Single Market Standard

Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.

Award winning

Award-Winning Research and Data

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

End to end

End-to-End ESG Solutions

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

Expertise

25+ Years ESG Expertise

350+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.

Largest second party opinion provider

Largest Second-Party Opinion Provider

As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

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