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Sustainability first: How to build back better

Prior to the global pandemic, momentum was building for the sustainability transition and this momentum has been further accelerated by the events of 2020. The discussion during the second webinar in the White & Case 2020 Autumn Seminar Series focused on the market opportunity today for sustainable capital and the risk mitigation that businesses and governments should otherwise be undertaking to transition away from non-sustainable practices.

The European Central Bank’s recent decision to buy sustainable assets marks the next step change for the market from 2021 (a proposal first made to the ECB in the White & Case co-authored white paper on sustainable finance in 2018). Crucially, the ECB has defined sustainable assets broadly to include sustainability-linked debt covenanted by reference to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): sustainability is now a market which every industry can join.

Sustainability addresses global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The UN SDGs are guiding businesses – not only to transition their operating models away from non-sustainable practices but also to raise capital today to finance their sustainability transition. 

Watch in full: "Sustainability first: How to build back better"

 

See findings from the webinar presented in the graphic below.

 

 

PANELISTS  
   
Olivia Albrecht
Olivia Albrecht, Head of ESG Business Strategy, PIMCO
Sean Kidney

​Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative

Anjuli Pandit
Anjuli Pandit, Primary Sustainability Manager, BNP Paribas
Felipe Fernandes Mendes
Felipe Fernandes Mendes, Treasury & Business Development Director, Tereos
Clare Connellan
Clare Connellan, Partner, White & Case
   
MODERATOR  
   
Chris McGarry
Chris McGarry, Partner, White & Case

 

Autumn Webinar series