Sustainability Bond #3 of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The State of NRW issued its third Sustainability Bond in February 2017. The bond is designed for investors focusing on Socially Responsible Investments (SRI).

The NRW Sustainability Strategy of June 14, 2016 serves as the political reference for the bond. Based on key sustainability themes outlined in the strategy, the framework for the Sustainability Bond focuses on the following projects categories:

  • Education and Sustainability Research
  • Inclusion and Social Coherence
  • Public Transport and Local Mobility
  • Climate Protection and Energy Transition
  • Protection of Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Modernization of educational and public health facilities

The Sustainability Bond #3 refers to 49 eligible projects from the State’s 2016 budget. All projects were selected in accordance with the specifications set out in the framework. Main criterion is a clear environmental or social benefit as set out in NRW’s sustainability policy. The projects are part of the State's discretionary spending. Projects prescribed by federal law are excluded. The framework and the selected projects were again audited by oekom research, with a positive result.

After a series of investor meetings throughout Europe in February 2017 the bond was issued on February 28th with a volume of EUR 1.825 bn.

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