The growing focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) from a wide array of stakeholders, including employees, customers, investors and regulators, is leading to changes in the options available to corporate borrowers to raise capital – as well as in the way financial services distribute it. Sustainable finance rewards those who perform well on ESG factors. It enables lenders to comply with regulations while offering new products, and it gives more options to borrowers.
Financial services firms not only have to look at their own business through the lens of ESG, they have a unique role to play in driving greater sustainability into the wider economy.
New rules and regulations are forcing the pace of change and this is only going to increase as businesses emerge into a new reality post COVID-19. Making sustainable finance a core part of the investment strategy is no longer a choice: it is an imperative.
We help banks, insurers and asset managers:
The move to incorporate ESG factors into corporate debt transactions provides two principal benefits for borrowers: access to the broadest pools of capital, and tangible debt pricing benefits if they can demonstrate that a positive ESG impact is delivered.
Deal structures are evolving to move beyond looking purely at ‘green’ initiatives, with an increasing number of transactions focusing on social or governance aspects – such as employment practices, board diversity and access to education.
We help corporate borrowers to:
We can help the providers and recipients of finance to transform their operating models to comply with the upcoming wave of regulation, as well as embed ESG into their business for a strategic advantage.
Our sustainable finance transformation services include:
With global experience as an independent reviewer and Bond assurance provider, we offer services ranging from an Issuer's Bonds framework, to an individual Bond issuance or Loan origination.
Our expertise includes: