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ESG Bond Sales Sprint to $1 Trillion as Investors Force Change

  • Issuers want to show that they have sustainable businesses
  • Bankers expect junk sales, securitizations, SLBs to all grow
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Global issuance of bonds for environmental, social and governance goals look set to hit $1 trillion for the first time ever this year. That’s more than double what was sold in all of 2020 as more borrowers are pushed to sell ethical debt by investors.

New issuance of green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds from corporations and governments worldwide has already topped $575 billion so far this year, $100 billion more than all of 2020, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Bankers are bracing for an even busier second half, which was reflected in more deal announcements in Asia on Wednesday.