Leading organization are looking beyond the impact they create from an economical point of view l and are placing an emphasize on the social causes their business impacts. As a result, sustainable finance projects with positive social outcomes have experienced rapid growth amongst the bond investor community as well as an overall increase in interest from issuers.
Social bonds can be used to finance both public and private demand to create positive social outcomes in communities.
Learn more about Sustainalytics’ social bond second-party opinion service.
Overview of Our Social Bond Service
An SPO from Sustainalytics on your social bond framework will give investors and the market the assurance that your bond is credible by assessing your social bond framework to ensure eligible projects are aligned to the Social Bond Principals (SBP). Common categories of eligible social bond projects that we assess include but are not limited to providing and promoting:
Basic infrastructure such as clean drinking water, sanitation and energy.
Access to essential services such as healthcare and education.
Access to affordable housing.
Job creation and employment generation.
Availability and Food Security.
Socio-economic advancement and empowerment.
Contact our expert team to discuss how our leading second-party opinion service can help your social bond issuance.
Enhance Awareness of Social Issues
Issuers can highlight their work in addressing social goals to investors and other stakeholders.
Meet Growing Investor Demand
As the importance for addressing social issues grows, an increasing number of investors are investing in social conscious companies
Gain Investor 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 social bonds has significantly increased 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 social 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 outlines 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:
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