GISD Releases New Guidance on Sovereign SDG Bonds for Countries and Investors

The GISD Alliance, under the leadership of UN DESA and UNDP, today launched integrated guidance for the benefit of sovereign borrowers considering SDG bonds and investors looking to scale up investment through these instruments. The document focusses on country experiences through interviews with country representatives and the private sector, a survey on investor preferences, in-depth case studies on countries that have issued SDG bonds, and an expert group consultation. The guidance considers the benefits, challenges, and lessons learnt when issuing sovereign SDG bonds.

GISD Strategy Group meets in Dubai, UAE to agree on key priority areas for 2023 and beyond

The Strategy Group of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance met in Dubai, UAE on 23rd and 24th February. The meeting was hosted by Ms. Habiba Al Mar'ashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group. Mr. Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, UN DESA, moderated the meeting with special remarks provided (virtually) by GISD Alliance Co-Chairs Mr.

Op-ed by Jose Vinals, Group Chairman of Standard Chartered and GISD Alliance Co-Chair

In an op-ed for The Business Times (Singapore), GISD Alliance Co-Chair Jose Vinals (Group Chairman of Standard Chartered) urges the investor community to embrace a new era of sustainable development investing: "to meet the challenges facing us, we must reject the false choice between profits and principles. There is a path forward that can unleash the power of private capital to make our world more sustainable and our lives more equitable." 

Joint Statement by the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance

We, the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance, reiterate our full support to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs remain the blueprint to navigate these turbulent times. They can guide us back on course towards a sustainable world with prosperity for all.

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GISD and ICGN launch newly updated Model Mandate guidance

The Model Mandate was first published by ICGN in 2012 and has been updated in partnership with the GISD Alliance. The Mandate offers guidance on how to incorporate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into investor stewardship activities. It provides asset owners with example contractual terms to consider when agreeing mandates with asset managers in their efforts to preserve and enhance long-term value.

GISD and ICGN launch new Model Mandate to better align financial incentives with long-term investment in sustainable development

Guidance to help asset owners and managers to invest sustainably, closely aligning portfolios with the SDGs

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance today launched a new Model Mandate to provide asset owners with guidance that facilitates the alignment of their portfolios with long-term investment in sustainable development – and more specifically with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).