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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.

How Pfizer is targeting Covid with new sustainability bond

How Pfizer is targeting Covid with new sustainability bond

The US drugs giant will use proceeds from its second sustainability bond issue to tackle the pandemic, including in emerging markets. ESG head Chris Gray seeks to dispel scepticism by explaining the deal's rationale, while treasurer Brian McMahon discusses the $1bn bond’s pricing.

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How Australia’s Aware Super is tackling modern slavery

How Australia’s Aware Super is tackling modern slavery

The A$150bn pension fund is using its financial heft to address modern slavery and has developed a risk-assessment tool to support its reporting requirements. But while some asset managers have shown overwhelming support, others are still burying their heads in the sand.

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.

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. 

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

The year to date has seen record-breaking support for shareholder resolutions, with asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard stepping up their stewardship. However, a lack of data on the real-world impact means the jury is still out on their efficacy.

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