Bond investors start grilling EM sovereign issuers on ESG

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By Jon Hay
03 Dec 2020

Government debt management offices are facing a new experience: bond investors enquiring about their countries’ environmental, social and governance attributes.

The issue is a particularly live one in emerging markets, where the relationships between investors and issuers are often more direct and interactive.

“Investors are asking questions more and more, and being more forthright,” said Farah Hussain, senior financial officer at the World Bank treasury in Washington, DC. ...

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