Date: 27th August 2020

The events unfolding during the first half of 2020 have shifted the interest of investors, issuers and corporate attitudes towards investments with a clear take on environmental, social and governance aspects.
This comes as an attempt by participants and bond issuers alike to better respond to the COVID-19 crisis, translating into a surge in sustainable finance products with newly tailored sustainable bonds, that take into account social and environmental requirements.
BETTER FINANCE welcomes the increasing awareness of the importance of more socially responsible and greener investments, not just for the sake of re-launching a more stable post-COVID economy but towards the creation of a sustainable financial market capable of withstanding future crises and better respond to the scarcity of resources in the long term.
And while is true that there was already a growing interest in ESG policies and sustainable investments, these extraordinary precedents have unintentionally given a boost to the sustainable finance agenda. This trend towards green and climate-linked bonds is expected to continue to grow during the second-half of the year and into the foreseeable future.

This article was written based on original sources by John Crabb (IFLR), John Hay (Global Capital) and BETTER FINANCE