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[Training] ICMA Training Course: Introduction to Green Bonds(2)

Overview

Green, Social and  Sustainability bonds are a means of raising finance for projects with environmental / social benefits. $200bn of Bonds were issued across the three formats in 2018 (source: HSBC). While green bond issuance was the mainstay ($169bn), the main areas of growth were Sustainability Bonds (+87% to $16.8bn) and Social Bonds (+35% to $13.5bn). For green bonds alone, there was issuance in 44 countries by 320 issuers (source: CBI), including no less than 204 new issuers.

Bonds aligned with the Green Bond Principles (GBP), Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines have become a model for sound, scalable and widely supported practice in sustainable finance. These voluntary guidelines underpin the market by making recommendations for transparency and disclosure to issuers, helping investors to make informed decisions about the bonds' environmental features.
 

The GBP are supported by a global community of close to institutions and are used as a reference for best practice in developed and emerging markets. 

After completing the programme, you should understand:

  • Recent trends and potential future developments and opportunities for green bonds 
  • Views from practitioners at ICMA and the GBP Executive Committee and other key players on why the market matters and how it works
  • Foundation skills for taking part in the green bond market - how and why to align with and apply the GBP, including:
    • Benefits of green bonds and developing the positioning in your organisation
    • Decision-makers: Identifying who is relevant
    • Strategy: Alignment with overall corporate / environmental strategy
    • Regulation: The GBP’s importance in regulatory trends 
    • Players: Mapping leading market players 
  • GBP-aligned issuance framework: 4 pillars of green bonds aligned with the GBP 
  • Defining green: Types of environmental project eligible for green bonds
  • Reporting: Recommendations and practice in reporting, including use of proceeds and impact reports, and templates offered by the GBP
  • External reviews and other services: The role and value-added of service providers, notably external reviews foreseen by the GBP and increasingly by regulators.
  • Buy-side considerations: Integrating green bonds in investment strategy and practice 
  • ICMA-GBP Membership & Services: Advantages of joining the GBP community - support and promote your future green bond activities
  • Crucially, you will acquire understanding of the perspectives and roles of the key players in the Green Bond market including –regulators, investors, underwriters, issuers, external reviewers including rating agencies, stock exchanges, data and index providers



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