Environmental & Social Bonds post-COVID | Ethical Finance 2020

How has the pandemic shifted demand in the ethical bonds sphere? In this conversation from Ethical Finance 2020 with Farmida Bi of Norton Rose Fulbright, David Jenkins of National Australia Bank and Eila Kreivi of the European Investment Bank describe some of the changes the pandemic has brought upon the bond market. The early stages saw an unprecedented surge in social bond issuance, while the environmental bond market contracted as companies focused on liquidity, but what does the future hold?

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Ethical Finance 2020 (EF2020) convened the world’s foremost business, political, civic and social leaders for a virtual summit to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system. The annual Ethical Finance summit is organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), which coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change.

It is now widely recognised that the financial services sector has a fundamental role to play in delivering universally supported targets such as the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as supporting economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite its potential, the current financial system can be a cause – rather than a solution – to some of the pressing challenges our planet and its people currently face. Ethical Finance 2020 explored how the finance services can support inclusive economic growth without depleting natural resources or leaving anyone behind.

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