As part of a push to improve financial literacy, the Czech consumer credit provider has linked the first ESG loan it has taken out globally – in the Philippines' sustainable debt market – to that goal. Jean Lafontaine, head of funding, treasury, M&A and investor relations, gives the lowdown.
When investors try to flag concerns to Facebook and Twitter about social media-related issues, the two tech giants often respond with stonewalling and obstruction. Google appears little better. Here we set out why.
Debate surrounding the Transition Pathway Initiative’s recent analysis of energy companies’ transition plans highlights the glaring loopholes in oil majors’ net-zero strategies.
As a growing list of governments tap investor demand for sustainable investments, Capital Monitor analysis shows renewable energy is largely ignored by green bond allocations.
Climate tech companies are presenting themselves as a solution to carbon reduction that early-stage investors are buying into. However, venture capital investment is disproportionally aligned with sectors that offer limited potential.
Paris-based NGE raised €500m of sustainability-linked debt, with one of the key performance indicators linked to female representation on construction sites. Executive VP Jean-Sébastien Leoni outlines the company's rationale behind it.
Tokyo wants to become Asia’s top sustainable finance centre by riding the wave of green bond issuance in Japan. That would require a change in the mindset of local investors and an alignment with international norms, not least around its planned taxonomy.
After a split, two groups recently launched separate ESG-focused guidance on securities lending, while the US SEC plans to make the practice less opaque and help assess its effect on shareholder voting. Investors hope the moves will make the business more sustainable and transparent.
With labelling confusion at the heart of recent ‘greenwashing’ cases, it’s no surprise that clearer fund explanations are investors’ top priority. The distinct lack of Paris-aligned funds only goes to highlight this.
Billions of dollars are pouring into the clean energy that is seen as crucial for the transition to net-zero emissions. But the financial sector is not taking sufficient account of what happens to such assets when they reach the end of their life. It may soon have to.
Cement is the first heavy industry to set net-zero emissions targets and wants to see regulation, including a carbon tax, to help achieve those goals. But there are major challenges, including that pollution levels from China's cement sector – the world's biggest – are rising.