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Promoting Sustainable Finance

As the pace of addressing sustainability issues through business activities accelerates in order to implement the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, sustainable finance is drawing attention, as seen in the expansion of ESG investment and international initiatives such as the PRI and TCFD.
In order to address environmental and social issues and realize a sustainable society, it is necessary to accelerate the flow of investments, consequently finance is said to play an important role.
The SBI Group, as a financial institution, supports the issuance of SDGs bonds, including green bonds, to help realize a sustainable society.

Support for the Issuance of Social Impact Bonds Including Green Bonds

In March 2019, SBI SECURITIES was registered as a "Registered Support Operator" on the "Green Bond Issuance Promotion Platform" of the Green Bond Issuance Promotion System Maintenance Support Project, run by the Ministry of the Environment. The project purposes to enhance and strengthen support for the issuance of green bonds and promote autonomous issuance and investment through registering and publicizing supporters of green bonds issuance, sharing information on issuance cases, analyzing domestic and international trends, and disseminating information.
SBI SECURITIES had conducted 19 internet offerings for a combined total of approximately JPY 4.7 billion in both yen and foreign currency denominated bonds by June 2021. We continue utilizing our expertise to develop SDGs bonds including green bonds in the Japanese capital market.

<Details of support conducted by SBI SECURITIES for the issuance of green bonds>
1. Initial stage of issuance
Proposals for practices and timelines related to issuance procedures such as selection, evaluation and certification of the project based on the issuers' intention for the issuance of green bonds. Provision of information on green and ESG-related regulations and market trends in Japan and overseas.
2. Issuance planning state
Formulation of concrete plans such as identification of appropriated business, fund management and establishment of a reporting system, and so on. Setting up consultations with external review institutions such as issuers, consulting organizations and rating agencies.
3. Pre-issuance stage
Support for the preparation of various disclosure documents regarding the use of funds and fund management. Support for the preparation of drafts of disclosure documents at the time of issuance of green bonds, such as opinions written by rating agencies and other external review organizations and prospectuses. Support for the preparation of IR materials related to green bonds.
4. Issuance stage
Support for the underwriting sales such as documentation and arrangements for Debt IR for investors.