During the first half of 2020, it is evident that the global Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on activity in the sustainable capital markets, meaning bonds whose proceeds are specifically allocated to projects, assets and activities with social and environmental benefits. This is evidenced in a rapid growth of bonds with social themes, where proceeds of social bonds are allocated to projects in areas such as health, education and housing, principally for underserved and marginalised individuals and communities.
Key learning objectives:
Identify the key trends in sustainable capital markets in H1 2020
Understand bonds with social themes, notably Covid Response Bonds and Sustainability Bonds
Highlight the challenges of avoiding “social-washing” through better, more evidence based measuring and reporting on social impacts