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Navigating Developments in the Sustainable Finance Market

By Melissa Menzies on July 17, 2019Navigating Developments in the Sustainable Finance MarketOn June 18th, in the heart of London’s financial district, Sustainalytics hosted its inaugural breakfast symposium, Navigating Developments in the Sustainable Finance Market. It was a full house, with over 60 engaged attendees, including Sustainalytics clients, prospects and

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Sustainable Development Goals - Green Financing as a Bridge to the SDGs

By Mack Bhatia July 19, 2019Sustainable Development Goals and Green Financing (Green bonds and Sustainability Bonds) The purpose of green financing, as stated by the UN Environment Programme, is to increase the level of financial flows (from banking, micro-credit, insurance and investment) from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to

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Demystifying Sustainability Linked Loans: Leverage your ESG Rating

By Shilpi Singh on May 6th, 2019Sustainability Linked Loans – Leverage your ESG RatingWhile investors are increasingly focused on how their investment decisions impact the environment and key stakeholders, forward-looking lenders also have sustainability at the core of their allocation strategies. As a result, the demand for sustainable finance products

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Your Company's ESG Ratings: Understanding Sustainalytics Research Process

By Melissa Chase on April 29th, 2019Understanding Your Company’s ESG Ratings In September 2018, Sustainalytics announced the launch of its next generation ESG Risk Ratings, which evaluate the degree to which a company’s enterprise value is exposed to material ESG issues. Specifically, they measure a company’s exposure to industry-specific material ESG

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The Water Scarcity Challenge: Opportunities for Sustainable Solutions

By Melissa Chase on April 22, 2019Opportunities for Sustainable SolutionsWater may not be a top-of-mind concern for most investors, but it could turn out to be one of the most important investment themes of the 21st century. Market opportunities related to the water industry could reach USD 1 trillion by

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Second Party Opinion - Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds

By Melissa Chase on March 19th, 2019 External verification – Green Bonds, Social Bonds, Sustainability Bonds   A Second-Party Opinion by a trusted and a respected evaluation firm provides a clear assessment of the issuer’s green bond framework or sustainability bond framework. A second-party opinion strengthens the credibility of the bond

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Most Frequently Asked Questions - Green Bonds

By Mack Bhatia. on March 19th, 2019Most common Questions for Green bond issuanceWhat are Green Bonds?Green bonds are like any other conventional bonds except that the issuer promises to use the proceeds for green investments, green projects or eligible green assets being refinanced.Who can issue Green Bonds?Any government or business entity

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Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds

By Mack Bhatia. on March 19th, 2019 Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds Explained The transition to a sustainable and green economy requires scaling up financing of investments through projects that provide environmental and social benefits. As investors look beyond the traditional financial analysis, the bond market, through Green, Social and Sustainability

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Trends in Sustainable Finance for 2019

By Trisha Taneja on Feb 28th, 2019Sustainable Finance in 2019 In 2019, investors globally continue to be concerned about climate change risks and the transition to a low-carbon economy. As investor awareness around climate risk has grown, so too has the sustainable finance market. Sustainable finance, as defined by experts,

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Taxonomies and Regulation: Signs of a Maturing Market

By Trisha Taneja on Feb 6, 2019Global regulatory initiatives for sustainable finance will be in the spotlight this year. The European Commission’s regulatory initiatives have been the most prominent. Following on the findings of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG), the European Commission put together a Technical Expert

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Steps To Issue A Green Bond

By Mack Bhatia on Feb 6, 2019#01DocumentationCreate a document that details the type of projects to be financed, use of proceeds, management of proceeds and commitment to reporting. This is called a Green Bond Framework.Speak With the Experts#02VerificationGet the document verified by experts. This is called External verification or a

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Climate Tops the WEF’s List

By Trisha Taneja on Feb 6, 2019For the third year in a row, climate change has topped the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report. Climate change dominates as the risk that is most likely to be realized, and also one that has the highest impact. This WEF report follows on