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SEB issues first green bond

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SEB is looking to channel capital into green projects with the issuance of its first green bond of EUR500 million. 

“For all lending, we will have a dialogue with customers if the loan is intended for green initiatives. This contributes to helping raise awareness on environmental issues,” says Joachim Alpen, Co-head of Large Corporates & Financial Institutions.
 
SEB’s green credentials date back to 2008 when the World Bank iissued the first green bond for institutional investors in 2008, and has taken a lead in the development of the global market for green bonds ever since arranging issuance of green bonds for other market players in a wide range of sectors in the Nordic region and globally. In total SEB has facilitated the issuance of green bonds worth USD13.8 billion.

Ahead of the release of the green bond, SEB has studied the loan portfolios of the entities involved and selected and separated the loans which comply with the its framework for green bonds.
 
SEB believes that investors should be sure that the money they lend only goes to green lending and has implemented new internal procedures to ensure the quality of green loans in accordance with its green framework.

“We strengthen our environmental dialogue with customers through, alongside traditional financial issues, conducting dialogue about environmental issues in a more systematic way. This helps to strengthen and deepen relations with both borrowers and investors,” says Alpen.

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