Measuring Social Bond Impact

Measuring Social Bond Impact

Keith Mullin

35 years: Capital markets editorial

Within the fourth video in this series, Keith discusses the key challenges with measuring the impact of social bonds, such as the long time lags associated with impacts of social projects and suggests investors have a role to play in offsetting this to an extent. This may come in the form of active investor engagement.

Within the fourth video in this series, Keith discusses the key challenges with measuring the impact of social bonds, such as the long time lags associated with impacts of social projects and suggests investors have a role to play in offsetting this to an extent. This may come in the form of active investor engagement.

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Measuring Social Bond Impact

3 mins 6 secs

Overview

Measuring impact is a challenge for the Social Bond market. The Social Bond Principles are a valuable starting point for defining the product, but opening on how social a Social Bond is beyond the SBP’s remit. Green bonds that finance environmental projects can fall back on carbon emissions reductions over the life of a bond. For social bonds, it’s much more difficult to calculate the impact of a bond on poverty reduction or job-creation since there are so many factors at play.

Key learning objectives:

  • Outline the challenges of social impact measurement

  • Identify the role investors can play

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