SGX, Nasdaq opens path to global market for Asia Pacific GSS bond issuers

The partnership will expand the network to 650 issuers and at least 6,500 bonds.

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is enabling bond issuers in Asia Pacific to showcase their Green, Social and Sustainability (GSS) bonds to global investors through its partnership with the Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network.

This exclusive Asian partnership will enhance the accessibility and transparency of Asia Pacific’s GSS bonds by availing of standardised environmental, social and governance data covering areas such as pre-issuance frameworks and certifications, and post-issuance allocation and impact. This aims to support bond investors in their due diligence, selection and monitoring, helping them make informed, data-driven investment decisions.

Nasdaq’s sustainable bond network is a platform for global issuers to voluntarily publish key information and data on GSS bonds. The addition of SGX data – which supports the financing of projects such as renewable energy, sustainable land use, clean transportation as well as social and humanitarian causes - expands the network to 650 issuers and approximately 6,500 bonds. 

More than half of the preferred listing venue for GSS bonds in Asia Pacific is in SGX, with issues spanning diverse green and social themes.

According to Lee Beng Hong, head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) at SGX, the collaboration underscores the importance of data in bridging investors with
sustainable capital to issuers with high-quality projects. 

“More funds are being raised in Asia Pacific to support sustainability goals, and as one of the top five listing venues globally for GSS bonds, we will look to further drive data distribution and transparency through such platforms and partnerships,” Lee said.

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