LGX publishes Trends and Characteristics of the Sustainability-linked Bond (SLB) Market study 

2021 saw the SLB market grow quickly, with EUR 91.42 billion issued throughout the course of the year - up 10.7 times from 2020. To support this product innovation, foster other market developments and guide issuers and asset managers alike, LuxSE decided to include this new type of instrument in a dedicated window on LGX in 2019 before expanding the scope of the LGX DataHub to include data points on the world’s listed SLBs in 2020.

With the publication of this SLB market study, LuxSE goes one step further in accelerating sustainable finance. One of the latest initiatives as part of its efforts to facilitate sustainable investments and help reorientate capital flows towards sustainable development projects, the Trends and Characteristics of the Sustainability-linked Bond (SLB) Market study comes at a critical time in history for the sustainable finance industry. SLBs now represent 4.6% of the overall GSSS bond market, with a clear upward trajectory.


Based on the information contained in the LGX DataHub, the study gives a detailed overview of the current state of the SLB market and thoroughly analyses SLB characteristics, including KPI themes, bond characteristics, pre-issuance verification and KPI & SPT assessment.

Created in 2020, the LGX DataHub supports the growth of sustainable finance and allows investors and asset managers to build sustainable investment strategies, meet their reporting requirements and stay compliant with new regulations. A centralised database hosting structured sustainability data points on fixed income products in the sustainable finance market, the LGX DataHub offers the most advanced coverage of green, social, sustainability and sustainability linked (GSSS) bonds, as well as the most comprehensive scope of data on these instruments available on the market today. As of 31 December 2021, more than 1,500 issuers and 5,000 bonds are included in the DataHub – close to the entire universe of GSSS bonds worldwide. 

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