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British lenders face up to challenge to bank refugees

British lenders face up to challenge to bank refugees

Lloyds Bank is leading efforts among UK lenders to provide easier access to financial services for the rising number of refugees in the country, most recently from Afghanistan. But they could do a lot more, as France’s BNP Paribas is showing elsewhere.

Are the SDGs fit for purpose?

Are the SDGs fit for purpose?

Thousands of companies say they report against or otherwise align themselves with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But where are these high-level targets failing and what more can businesses and policymakers do to help achieve them?

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UK bank NatWest readies carbon budget to shape lending strategy

UK bank NatWest readies carbon budget to shape lending strategy

The British bank is calculating a carbon budget that should lead to an overhaul of its balance sheet. Starting by tightening financing policy for the oil and gas sector, the group will introduce a series of emissions-led sector targets by 2022. A bold move, but critics argue the plans lack clarity.

Why Côte d’Ivoire’s first green bond is so important

Why Côte d’Ivoire’s first green bond is so important

The private placement from shopping centre operator Emergence Plaza had the advantage of a beneficial economic backdrop and high market liquidity. There is much for potential issuers to learn from only the fourth green corporate bond from sub-Saharan Africa.

NZ Super Fund ramps up focus on climate impact investing

NZ Super Fund ramps up focus on climate impact investing

Recognised as a leading asset owner in portfolio carbon reduction, New Zealand Superannuation Fund is further refining its environmental investing strategy. The state institution is looking to do earlier-stage deals and use more impact-focused asset managers, among other things. Here's how.

Japan’s young sustainable loan market gets healthcare booster

Japan’s young sustainable loan market gets healthcare booster

Medical device maker Nipro has become a rare Japanese issuer of a sustainability-linked loan, and the first from the healthcare sector. Disclosed details are limited, but it aims to use the proceeds to help address Covid-19 issues and generally improve public health both domestically and overseas. 

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