Results from the fourth annual ANZ FinanceAsia Sustainable Financing Poll showed increasing appetite among issuers and investors for green, social and sustainability (GSS) loans and bonds, as momentum grows within the private sector and communities to manage climate risk.
The poll surveyed 110 issuers and investors across the Asia Pacific. You can read detailed coverage of the results HERE.
The survey found the majority of respondents consider green, social and sustainability (GSS) issues within their organisations and integrate them into their strategy – a steady rise on findings from the same poll in previous years.
Both issuers and investors had an increasing focus on use of proceeds bonds while issuers are mainly driven by the desire to align with corporate sustainability objectives. The poll also revealed investor appetite is skewed towards the energy transition, including renewables and energy efficiency.
More investors now say the performance of GSS instruments was greater than expected during market volatility while a growing number of investors have dedicated in-house environmental social and governance (ESG) or socially responsible investment (SRI) research capabilities.
The majority of issuers and investors expect to see region specific taxonomies, regulations and market standards in the coming years – and view this as positive for the development of sustainable financing.