The transition to a sustainable global economy requires scaling up the financing of investments that provide environmental and social benefits. The capital market through green, social and sustainability bonds as well as sustainability-linked bonds can play an essential role in attracting capital to finance these requirements.

The Green Bond Principles (GBP), the Social Bond Principles (SBP), the Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG) and the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (SLBP) referred to as the “Principles” have become the leading framework globally for the issuance of sustainable bonds.

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) serves as Secretariat to the Principles providing support while advising on governance and other issues. The Principles are backed by a global market initiative bringing together all market participants and stakeholders from the private and official sectors. For more information, please contact ICMA at

ICMA also leads numerous other initiatives in sustainable finance. ICMA is at the forefront of the financial industry’s contribution to the development of sustainable finance and in the dialogue with the regulatory and policy community.

See our RESOURCE CENTRE for an easy-access overview of documentation from the GBP SBP SLBP Secretariat and other important documentation for the green, social and sustainability sectors as well as research and learning resources.


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