Social bond issuance rocketed in 2020 in reaction to the devastating social and economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. New issuers of social bonds – which are dedicated to employment, public health and education – included the European Commission, the Bank of China and a large number of financial institutions and corporations, as we analyse in this report. The report also looks at the role of sustainability-linked bonds in supporting climate transition strategies, and covers plans for the UK to launch its first green Gilt this year.
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