COVID-19 Social & Sustainability Response Bond

COVID-19 Social & Sustainability Response Bond

Stephanie Sfakianos

35 years: Sustainable finance & banking

In the first video this series on Social & Sustainability bonds, Stephanie identifies the uses of social & sustainability bond issuance, i.e. to fund social and environmental projects, and discusses whether they have been effective.

In the first video this series on Social & Sustainability bonds, Stephanie identifies the uses of social & sustainability bond issuance, i.e. to fund social and environmental projects, and discusses whether they have been effective.

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COVID-19 Social & Sustainability Response Bond

12 mins 37 secs

Overview

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on economic activity, and at the same time has exposed many fault lines in society which governments will be expected to tackle. It has led to an increase in the issue of social bonds (funding social projects) and sustainability bonds (social and environmental projects). This video will explore the “Covid Response Bond”, the four pillars set out by The Social Bond Principles and some of the challenges around measuring social impact.

Key learning objectives:

  • Define "Covid Response Bond"

  • Outline the ‘four pillars' set out by The Social Bond Principles (SBP)

  • Understand how useful the SBP is for issuers

  • Understand the impact of social measures

  • Understand why sustainability bonds increased in issuance this year

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Stephanie Sfakianos

Stephanie Sfakianos

Stephanie's long career in the financial services industry in London culminated around the past seven years in the field of sustainable finance. She has now left the banking industry, but has continued to apply her sustainable finance expertise through her work with ICMA and the International Standards Organisation.

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