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Title:The complexity of green investments
Date of publishing:January 23, 2015
Also available in the following languages:Dutch, French

The complexity of green investments
January 23, 2015

Green bonds (investments in bonds which finance projects that have positive environmental outcomes) have seen a steady rise over the last years. Initially these type of bonds were issued by international institutions such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank.

Recently however we see more companies accessing this market and issuing corporate green bonds, such as for example Iberdrola, GDF Suez and Unibail Rodamco. With a total volume for 2014 expected to surpass USD 40bn, the green bond market is expected to triple compared with 2013.

In its sustainability focus Fifty Shades of Green Vigeo takes a closer look at the green market to find out which companies, projects and products can be reasonably called green. The report demonstrates that the Environmental, Social as well as Governance (ESG) challenges that are associated with green projects are highly significant. It is not sufficient for companies to be mainly engaged in the “green industry”. The respect of human rights, promotion of labour relations, business ethics, and responsible management of the supply chain remain equally relevant for all companies as environment cannot be dissociated from social responsibility.

Read the full analysis in the sustainability focus Fifty Shades of Green .