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ESG Debt Issuance Plunged in October, Dragged by Social, Loans

  • Volume dropped 40% last month to $117.8 billion globally
  • Green bond sales fell 28% to $63 billion, social slumped 53%

The seemingly unstoppable growth in environmental, social and governance debt issuance hit a snag last month with a slump in social bond and sustainable loan sales.  

Issuance of debt for ESG purposes tumbled 40% in October to $117.8 billion globally, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Social bond sales plunged 53% month-on-month to $7.8 billion and sustainability-linked loan offerings plummeted 49% to $17.3 billion.