Social Bonds Introduction

Social Bonds Introduction

In the introductory video to this social bonds series, Keith defines a social bond and discusses their different applications. He further outlines the development of the social bond market along with the key challenges the market faces today.
Overview

Labelled social bonds finance or refinance projects intended to offer target populations opportunities for social and economic betterment and improved wellness. Eligible use-of-proceeds can span multiple sectors, so the social bond market has a wider group of potential issuers than the green bond market. Labelled social bonds have experienced a meteoric rise in 2020 as Covid-19 created large-scale need to fund public-health projects and economic fallout quickly.

Key learning objectives:

  • What are labelled social bonds?

  • Which areas have social bonds been issued to finance?

  • Who issues social bonds?

  • How do social bonds differ from conventional bonds?

  • How big is the social bond market?

  • What are some of the challenges to the social bond market?

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Keith Mullin

Keith Mullin

Keith is the founder and director of KM Capital Markets, a media and thought-leadership consultancy. He spent the past 35 years working in specialist capital markets media and has had a ring-side seat at all of the major market events. Prior to setting up KM Capital Markets in 2017, Keith worked at Thomson Reuters.

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