Investors state preferences on social bonds

The nascent social bond market has been keeping the primary public sector debt market ticking over as the end of the year approaches. Demand for the asset class is swelling, and investors are beginning to make their preferences known.

  • By Lewis McLellan
  • 23 Nov 2017

Investors are particularly attracted to social bonds from programmes aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“One challenge we see with social bonds is around meaningful impact reporting,” said an SRI investor. “Compared to green bonds, positive social outcomes are perhaps somewhat more context-dependent.”

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Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
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5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 66,801.88 220 5.07%