Green Bonds Update: “A Surging Market” for SRI

Green bonds—bonds with a socially responsible investment aspect baked into their definition—are on an explosive growth curve. Global green bond issuance so far this year totals $21.7 billion, up 78% from the $12.1 billion issued last year in the same time period, reports Business Insider. Along with this growth in sustainable finance dollars comes a shift in sellers: an increasing number of financial institutions and private companies are joining the global agencies (notably, the World Bank) which have been the primary issuers. Of the top 20 global green bond issuers from 2015 through April this year, 13 were corporate, according to a Bank of American Merrill Lynch report, says a ThinkAdvisor blog. Apple, Toyota, and Starbucks are among US corporate bond issuers. This development is a new twist on profit with a purpose.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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