ICMA’s Mushtaq Kapasi speaks with Pratima Divgi, CDP Regional Director, on the topic of environmental disclosure & impact reporting. Pratima provides a brief introduction on CDP’s role in sustainable finance and discusses how CDP relates to other disclosure regimes, the methodology for investor benchmarking, and how sustainability reporting may continue to evolve in the future.

Rebekah Bray of ICMA Women’s Network Nordic region speaks with Alexis Cousins of SEB’s Debt Capital Markets team to discuss workplace inequality. As a PhD candidate at the Stockholm School of Economics, Alexis’ research focuses on workplace inequality and the struggles of under-represented populations. She discusses general initiatives in the financial sector to address this issue, alongside a new programme at SEB to facilitate diversity and opportunities for under-represented talent.

Robert Parker, Chair of ICMA’s Asset Management and Investors Council, reviews the market events of the past weeks while considering geopolitical risks and potential divergence in monetary policies ahead of central banks' September meetings.

August 2, 2021

Sustainable sukuk

ICMA’s Mushtaq Kapasi speaks with Zalina Shamsudin, General Manager, Capital Markets Malaysia, about green and social sukuk in the context of the global sustainable and Islamic capital markets. The discussion covers how Islamic finance principles interact with conventional sustainable finance, the investor base for green sukuk, and Malaysia’s efforts to grow the market and facilitate further positive investment in south-east Asia.

Robert Parker, Chair of ICMA’s Asset Management and Investors Council, reviews the market events of the past weeks, including the Chinese equities sell-off, the pause in the reflation trade, and the ECB policy guidance.

ICMA’s Mushtaq Kapasi speaks with Suzanne Johnson, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Ocean Business with UN Global Compact about business opportunities in sustainable oceans and the role that capital markets can play in scaling up ocean based solutions to meet the needs of our growing world. Suzanne discusses the concept of  ‘blue bonds’ and how they relate to green and sustainability-linked bonds, the risks and opportunities for commercial investment in sustainable oceans, and how the bond markets can facilitate investment.

ICMA’s Liz Callaghan discusses trends in corporate bond markets in the USA and in Europe with BondCliq CEO Chris White and Gabriele Frediani who heads business development for Bondcliq in Europe,  highlighting similarities and the differences between the two markets. They also reflect on the need for a balanced approach for pre-trade transparency and data ownership and the lessons learned from Covid regarding market mechanics.

In this podcast, Nicholas Pfaff (ICMA’s Head of Sustainable Finance) discusses the main highlights of the ICMA’s recent publication ‘Overview and Recommendations of Sustainable Finance Taxonomies’ with ICMA colleagues Ozgur Altun and Yanqing Jia. They cover what taxonomies mean for sustainable finance, approaches taken by major initiatives such as by the EU and China, the interplay of taxonomies with the Green Bond Principles, existing guidance as well as recommended success criteria for new taxonomy initiatives from other jurisdictions.

Bob Parker, Chair of ICMA’s Asset Management and Investors Council, reviews the market events of the past weeks, including the ongoing rise of inflation, Central Banks monetary policies as well as negative real bond yields.


Simone Utermarck, Director, Sustainable Finance at ICMA talks to Angel Tejada, Global Head of Green and Sustainable Bonds at BBVA about developments in the sustainable finance market in Latin America, particularly the sustainable bond market, including which countries are issuing, who the issuers are and the popularity of sustainability-linked bond issuance in the region. They also discuss the status of transition finance in LATAM.

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