Support from major financial institutions underlines growing significance of green finance in meeting climate and sustainability challenges
Annual Conference Partners Announced
The Climate Bonds Initiative is pleased to announce the major Sponsors for our 2018 Annual Conference and 3rd Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards, being held in the City of London, from 19th - 21st of March.
From banks to trade associations, stock exchanges, asset management companies, here’s our current list of Conference Sponsors in 2018:
Gold Conference Partners
Amundi (3rd Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards)
London Stock Exchange
Moody’s Investor Service
Silver Conference Partners
Luxembourg Green Exchange
Network Breaks and Refreshments Partners
We welcome everyone's support!
Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative:
“Our conference has the forward looking theme of ‘From Billions to Trillions’ highlighting the importance of reaching $1trillion in green finance by 2020 as part of global climate action and meeting Paris Accord goals.”
“The welcome support from our Conference Partners for accelerating green investment opportunities reflects our shared perspective that green finance markets must become larger, deeper, more long term and their development must engage more policy makers and finance sector actors.“
From China to Europe - A Green Finance Week in London!
The 2018 Conference and 3rd Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards will again be the single largest green bonds event held in Europe. It will be book ended by the China Green Bond Investor Forum at the LSE, bringing Chinese issuers and global investors together and conclude with the 1st UK meeting of the European Green Securities Steering Committee, who will be considering the recent HLEG Report recommendations and responses to the forthcoming EU Action Plan.
In between there will be 3 days of intensive discussion, with the Green Bond Champions Forum, Specialist Roundtables and the globally recognised Green Bond Pioneer Awards. All registrations include attendance at the Awards.
This year we’re expecting attendees from 50+ nations with an expanded agenda that focusses on market opportunities & green investment growth.
A Fee Waiver is in place for participants from emerging economies. Also, special rate apply for NGOs, take a look.
Learn more on the Conference page here.
The Last Word
Big events like this couldn’t happen without some support from industry leaders. We’d like to thank the organisations that have got behind this year’s event and its emphasis on the big picture view on climate finance.
We hope you can come and contribute your own ideas on accelerating green investment.
Seats are filling up fast, don’t wait too long to register.
See you in London!
‘Till next time,
PS: Know more about each of our 2018 Conference Sponsors! Here’s their Profiles:
ABN AMRO (Gold Conference Partner): It is ABN AMRO’s ambition to be a better bank contributing to a better world. Our products and services have an impact on society and we assume the responsibilities this brings. As such we are convinced that responsible finance and investment is becoming the norm. By investing capital in a sustainable manner, we can make an important contribution to society and the environment. Within our DCM franchise we advise our clients on making an impact and contribute to a better world through structuring and placing Green, Sustainability and Social Bonds. ABN AMRO was the first European bank issuing a CBI Certified green bond and a proud partner of CBI.
Amundi (Gold Conference Partner): Amundi is Europe’s largest asset manager by assets under management and ranks in the top 10 globally. Thanks to the integration of Pioneer Investments, it now manages 1.4 trillion euros of assets across six main investment hubs. Amundi offers its clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and the Americas a wealth of market expertise and a full range of capabilities across the active, passive and real assets investment universes. Thanks to its unique research capabilities and the skills of close to 5,000 team members and market experts based in 37 countries, Amundi provides retail, institutional and corporate clients with innovative investment strategies and solutions tailored to their needs, targeted outcomes and risk profiles.
Citi (Gold Conference Partner): For more than 200 years, across 160+ countries and 700+ cities, Citi have connected millions of people who strive to meet some of the world’s toughest challenges and embrace its greatest opportunities. We bring to life our mission of enabling growth and economic progress by making payments, lending money, safeguarding assets and accessing markets for companies, governments and individuals. Society is facing the interconnected challenges of climate change, rapid urbanization and rising wealth inequality. As one of the world's leading financial services companies, Citi addresses these complex challenges through our core finance and investment activities, working to incorporate sustainability principles into everything we do to help ensure business success, improve our operations and contribute to a strong global economy.
Goldman Sachs (Gold Conference Partner): The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. We are committed to harnessing the markets to further environmental progress and to support opportunities for sustainable economic growth. This commitment to environmental sustainability encompasses each and every one of our businesses, whether through deploying capital to expand clean energy solutions, underwriting green bonds, or structuring catastrophe-linked securities to help clients manage climate-related risks. Our Environmental, Social and Governance Report highlights our commitment to sustainability and describes our work on behalf of our clients and the communities we seek to serve.
London Stock Exchange (Gold Conference Partner): As world leading market infrastructure experts, the London Stock Exchange Group has been supporting investors and issuers in the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy for over a decade, developing innovative products and services in close collaboration with clients and thought leaders. London Stock Exchange is now home to a diversified range of green bonds issued in seven different currencies by supranational institutions, local governments and municipalities as well as corporates. In 2017, there has been a 92% growth in green bonds listed on London Stock Exchange and a 78% increase in money raised.
Moody’s (Gold Conference Partner): Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets, and the firm's ratings and analysis track debt covering approximately 120 sovereign nations, 11,000 corporate issuers, 21,000 public finance issuers, and 72,000 structured finance obligations. The rating agency is committed to enhancing the transparency of how ESG factors are considered in its credit ratings and has produced research on the credit implications of the Paris Agreement, carbon transition risk and physical climate change for key sectors. Moody's is a signatory to PRI's statement on 'ESG in Credit Ratings' and has actively engaged in a number of policy initiatives including the Financial Stability Board taskforce on climate related disclosures and the G20 Green Finance Study group. In 2016, Moody’s launched its Green Bond Assessment ('GBA') product and has completed 30 assessments to date. The rating agency maintains an ESG hub, www.moodys.com/esg, highlighting key research on ESG considerations in credit analysis, and the growth and development of green finance globally.
Berlin Hyp (Silver Conference Partner): 150 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and future-oriented action form the foundation for Berlin Hyp as one of the leading German real estate and Pfandbrief banks. As the issuer of the first Green Pfandbrief, we are a pioneer and have set benchmarks on the capital market. At the same time, we encourage the financing of sustainable real estate. Looking forward towards the future, we want to play an active role in structuring digital transformation in the real estate sector. Internally we plan to optimise and digitalise the existing value creation chain; externally, we want to further develop our business model through strategic partnerships, as well as monitoring trends and proactively implementing them. Innovation results from inspiration.
Luxembourg Green Exchange (Silver Conference Partner): The Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), launched by the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) in 2016, is home to almost 50% of all listed labelled green bonds globally. Our windows for green, social and sustainable bonds have so far attracted 142 green bonds, 14 social bonds and 6 sustainable bonds from 43 issuers across the globe. The instruments listed on LGX are contributing to the achievement of 15 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). LGX is the first platform that makes industry best practices for green securities, in particular ICMA Green Bond Principles and the Climate Bond Initiative’s standards, a mandatory requirement. Our goal is to make sure that investors have the right tools to make their sustainability-driven decisions in an informed way.
TCX (Silver Conference Partner): TCX shields international lenders and their local borrowers in emerging and frontier markets from exchange rate volatility. By swapping hard currency funding into a local currency loan, TCX makes debt financing predictable for the borrower. TCX enables lenders to offer the right product, allowing local counterparties to focus on growing their business rather than managing exchange rate risk. In recent years, TCX has also supported bond placements in local currencies.
Credit Suisse (Silver Conference Partner): Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as 'Credit Suisse'). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. In September 2017, Credit Suisse announced the establishment of a global Impact Advisory and Finance department (IAF) reporting directly into the Chief Executive Officer. IAF’s mandate includes the facilitation of new, at-scale green finance projects and initiatives for the benefit of our wealth management, institutional and corporate clients. Further information about Credit Suisse’s engagement in green bonds can be found at www.credit-suisse.com/greenbonds.
ICMA (Exhibition Partner): ICMA is the trade association for the international capital market with over 530 member firms from 60 countries, including banks, issuers, asset managers, infrastructure providers and law firms. It performs a crucial central role in the market by providing industry-driven standards and recommendations for issuance, trading and settlement in international fixed income and related instruments. ICMA liaises closely with regulatory and governmental authorities, both at the national and supranational level, helping to ensure that financial regulation promotes the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the capital market.
ERM (Exhibition Partner): ERM (Environmental Resources Management) is a leading global provider of environmental, social, health, safety, risk and sustainability related consultancy services. ERM has worked with many of the Global Fortune 500 companies and is the largest adviser to the finance sector; working with investment and commercial banks, development finance institutions, pension funds, private equity and asset managers. ERM is committed to providing consistent, professional, technical advice and our extensive international presence (160 offices) and sector experience combines global reach with an understanding of local sensitivities and regulation. ERM CVS (Certification and Verification Services) is a wholly owned subsidiary of ERM. Operating in over 50 countries, we deliver independent, accredited, performance-focused certification, verification and assurance services. We are approved as a Climate Bonds verifier, bringing expertise in climate-related project validation and verification; data verification, financial accounting and assurance; with deep technical experience across the range of the sectors included within the CBI.
Rabobank (Breakfast, Refreshments Partner): Rabobank is a cooperative bank from the Netherlands that aims is to be a leading bank in the field of food and agri worldwide. It provides international financial services operating on the basis of cooperative principles, offering retail banking, wholesale banking, private banking, leasing and real estate services. As a cooperative bank, Rabobank puts customers’ interests first and serves approximately 8.7 million individuals around the globe. Rabobank is committed to making a substantial contribution to welfare and prosperity in the Netherlands and to feeding the world sustainably. With nearly two million members, Rabobank has strong agricultural roots and an unparalleled knowledge in the food and agri industry. Measured by Tier 1 capital, Rabobank Group is one of the world's largest financial institutions.
Disclosure: Some of the organisations mentioned in this communication are Climate Bonds Partners. A list of Partners is available here.