Sustainable finance

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Sustainable finance

EU Taxonomy reporting: A first look at the challenges and best practices

The EU Platform on Sustainable Finance's long-awaited Recommendations on Data and Usability of the EU Taxonomy offers valuable insight into emerging best practices.

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Sustainable finance

How sustainability risks factor into credit ratings

The integration of ESG factors into credit ratings is an exercise distinct from the ratings and evaluations carried out by ESG service providers, although the two are often compared and confused. We take a look at the differences between the two approaches.

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Sustainable finance

EU Platform’s usability recommendations add clarity to EU Taxonomy in practice

The EU Platform on Sustainable Finance on 11 October released one of the last outstanding reports on the usability of the EU Taxonomy. It provides recommendations on interpretation of the existing Taxonomy and guidance for the remaining environmental objectives as well as alignment with other European sustainable finance regulation.

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EU Taxonomy Minimum Safeguards: What are they and why do they matter?

The EU Platform on Sustainable Finance published its final report on the functioning of the Minimum Safeguards laid out in the EU Taxonomy Regulation. The Minimum Safeguards ensure that companies engaging in sustainable activities meet certain standards when it comes to human and labour rights, bribery, taxation and fair competition.

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Sustainability

Nordea comments on report about lending to fossil fuel companies

Fair Finance Guide has published a critical report on Swedish banks’ lending to companies operating in the Arctic. The report was referred to in an article in Aftonbladet on 3 October 2022.

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Sustainable finance

Sustainable bond markets: Q3 of 2022 in graphs

After a turbulent first half-year, the third quarter shows a market adapting to the new-normal: persistent inflation and rising interest rates. The energy crisis has not only resulted in a risk of recession in the Euro area but also created ambiguity for corporates’ sustainability ambitions, pushing the financial sector to the forefront of issuing sustainable debt.

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Sustainable finance

How are companies performing on ESG after the pandemic?

The Nordea ESG Research expert team has released the yearly update of its ESG ratings. The update covers insights into disclosure trends and the material ESG risk and opportunity exposures of around 330 Nordic companies. With information based on FY2021 disclosures, the updated report offers new insight into the first full “back to business” year.

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Sustainable finance

ECB announces decarbonisation plan for corporate bond holdings

The European Central Bank has announced that as of 1 October it will start tilting its reinvestments for corporate bonds falling due on its balance sheet towards issuers with higher climate-scoring profiles in order to mitigate the climate-related financial risks within the Eurosystem.

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Sustainable finance

Nordea issues innovative bond to fund sustainability-linked loans

The new framework allows investors to invest in Nordea's sustainability-linked loan financing activity that tackles climate change. Investors describe the new bond structure as an "innovative and creative" way to help drive the green transition.

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Insights

Sustainability in finance: Experiences one year down the road

Treasury and sustainability experts from leading Danish companies recently gathered at the Cash & Treasury Management Conference in Copenhagen to share their experience and practical advice when it comes to integrating sustainability into corporate financing.

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Sustainable finance

Highlights from the AGM of the “Principles”

The eighth annual general meeting of the ICMA “Principles” – the Green Bond Principles (GBP), Social Bond Principles (SBP), Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG) and Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (SLBP) – saw the publication of additional guidance to support market transparency and development, with key announcements relating to green securitisation, sustainability-linked bonds, and climate transition finance.

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Sustainable finance

A new green financing tool for real estate

Nordea’s green securities finance loans are an attractive source of short-term capital for real estate companies looking to use an investment portfolio to fund green projects.

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