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.
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.
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.
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.
A corporate treasurer’s work has historically revolved around cash flow forecasts, but increasingly involves defining sustainability key performance indicators and monitoring ESG data. Miguel Silva Gonzalez of Dutch supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize gives his take.
Banks globally are grappling with the challenge of decarbonising their lending portfolios. Dutch lender ING has devised sector pathways for the nine most emissions-heavy sectors in its loan book – here’s how it did so.
The chief investment officer of Spanish insurer Mapfre says EU regulators' attempts to supervise sustainable assets are too prescriptive, in that they lack essential interpretative context. This, he adds, is also partly why external ESG ratings fail to add major value.
Singapore's Nanyang Technological University has sold a bond that is only the second of its kind globally. If it misses its targets, the step-up money will go into climate research or carbon offsets, not to investors. Capital Monitor gets the skinny from NTU finance chief Ong Eng Hock.