Sustainability-Linked Bonds Provide Boost For Green Finance

By Tom Zanki (April 9, 2021, 6:55 PM EDT) -- More U.S. companies are raising money through sustainability-linked bonds, a financing tool that requires businesses to commit to specific environmental goals or face penalties, in an effort to satisfy growing demand for ESG-focused investments.

So-called sustainability-linked bonds began in Europe, encouraged by European Union policy, before the turn of the decade as a means of fighting climate change. These debt instruments are part of a growing mix of investments that address environmental, social or governance — or ESG — principles, adding an alternative to the already booming market of "green bonds."

Now sustainability-linked bonds appear to be taking root in the U.S....

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