“Coronavirus Pandemic Could Elevate ESG Factors” – The Wall Street Journal – March 25, 2020

On March 25, 2020 The Wall Street Journal reported that the “recent volatility in financial markets due to the coronavirus pandemic could provide investors with more of an incentive to grill companies on nonfinancial risks.

Environmental, social and governance investing was growing in popularity before the virus began to circulate, as investors flocked to companies that have taken steps to manage nonfinancial risks related to matters such as climate change, board diversity or human rights issues in the supply chain.

But the pandemic has demonstrated on a large scale the importance of other factors that are paramount to ESG investors. Among them: disaster preparedness, continuity planning and employee treatment through benefits such as paid sick leave as companies direct employees to work from home.

Investors are asking more questions about employee benefits, supply-chain management and other environmental, social and governance priorities, analysts say.”

You may read the article on The Wall Street Journal internet site.

“Access Bank issues first dual listed bond on NSE and LuxSE” – Nairametrics – March 21, 2020

On March 21, 2020 Nairametrics reported that “(t)he successful listing of Access Bank’s N15 billion Green Bond on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) represents a major milestone in the development of sustainable financing in Nigeria.

The successful cross-listing of this 15.50% fixed rate green bond with five-year maturity has enjoyed many firsts including the first-ever climate bonds standard certified corporate green bond to be issued in Africa; the first to be listed on The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 2019; and now, the first successful cross-listing of a bond born out of the partnership between NSE and LuxSE.”

You may read the article on the Nairametrics internet site.