Bondholders remain tongue-tied as climate risks worsen

Most bond investors are making minimal effort to lobby companies to improve their performance on climate change, a new report has found. Some feel they haven’t the right to make demands; some leave it to equity colleagues; some do not see it as relevant.

  • By Jon Hay
  • 31 Jan 2019

Yet they believe climate change is real, and the financial risks it brings are becoming more and more obvious. Last year’s California wildfires caused $12bn of losses to insurers, the wipe-out of a $200m catastrophe bond and the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas & Electric, with $52bn of debt.


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Global Green Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 3,965.29 20 5.95%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 3,763.36 23 5.64%
3 Citi 3,462.08 18 5.19%
4 HSBC 3,356.93 31 5.03%
5 BNP Paribas 3,330.53 19 4.99%