Investors active in green bonds stressed the importance of accountability and impact reporting offered by bonds aligned with the Green and Social Bond Principles, but showed flexibility in their investment strategies, in responses to a survey that evinced a mainstreaming of the product.
Landesbank Baden-Württemberg reached an unusually broad, international investor base with its inaugural green Pfandbrief on Monday, a EUR500m five year benchmark that received an “overwhelming” response, generating pricing power, according to the German issuer, which is also working on a social programme.
A coalition of 26 banks from around the world are developing Principles for Responsible Banking, which will seek to align the banking sector with the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are expected to be launched for public consultation in November.
Caja Rural de Navarra achieved the highest oversubscription ratio of any euro benchmark covered bond this year with a EUR500m seven year sustainable cédulas on Wednesday, boosted by positive sentiment towards Spain, while the issuer highlighted EeMAP and SDG-inspired enhancements to its programme.
HSBC Holdings inaugurated a new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) bond framework on Wednesday that aligns with seven of the UN targets, selling a $1bn six year non-call five HoldCo deal.
QBE issued the first capital instrument from a financial institution to take the form of a social bond on 9 November, a US$400m Additional Tier 1 gender equality bond that attracted some US$9.5bn of orders.
QBE put gender equality centre stage when it sold the first capital instrument from a financial institution to be in social bond format on 9 November. Here, QBE group treasurer Paul Byrne discusses the inspiration for the landmark and its execution.
Australia’s Westpac Banking Corporation will on Thursday begin a roadshow ahead of a planned debut euro green bond, while compatriot QBE will follow up its first green bond from the insurance sector with a gender equality US dollar AT1 deal.
Companies in the banking and broader finance sector foresee the demands of customers increasingly driving their sustainability measures in the future, according to oekom survey findings exclusively shared with Sustainabonds, with positive sustainability ratings of even more importance to such institutions than others.
Kommunalkredit Austria expects most of its future covered bond issuance to be green or socially-orientated, according to an official at the bank, after it returned to the wholesale markets for the first time since its privatisation with an inaugural Eu300m social covered bond yesterday (Tuesday).