Bank of America Introduces Framework to Support Future ESG-Themed Issuances
Bank of America today announced it has established an ESG-themed Issuance Framework (the “Framework”) to further enhance its issuances of green, social, and sustainability bonds and other ESG securities by Bank of America Corporation or any of its subsidiaries. The Framework builds upon last year’s $2 billion Equality Progress Sustainability Bond issuance designed to advance racial equality, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability. The Framework aligns to Bank of America’s environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) leadership and the company’s sustainable finance strategy, which aims to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Bank of America designed the Framework to align to the Green Bond Principles (2021), the Social Bond Principles (2021), and the Sustainability Bond Guidelines (2021) (collectively the “Principles”) as administered by the International Capital Market Association acting as Secretariat. The Framework also outlines Bank of America’s approach to social or sustainability issuances with the ‘Equality Progress’ label. This label indicates an objective to advance equality and economic opportunity by focusing on financing and investments that provide people of color or women with expanded access to essential services, including affordable housing, or business capital.
“Our focus on sustainable finance is one of the ways we drive responsible growth. By addressing these critically important issues through ESG-themed issuances and products, we are offering a way for investors and clients to be a part of our contribution towards environmental and social sustainability. We believe in the power of market-based solutions,” said Karen Fang, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Bank of America.
This work highlights the company’s commitment to advancing environmental transition and social inclusive development as part of its sustainable finance goal of $1.5 trillion by 2030 and its long standing ESG efforts. Since 2013, Bank of America has issued $9.85 billion across eight ESG-themed debt securities—five “Green” Bonds, two “Social” Bonds and one “Sustainability” Bond.
S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”) provided a Second Party Opinion (“SPO”) on the alignment of Bank of America’s Framework to the Principles.
For more information on the Framework or S&P’s SPO, please visit our Investor Relations website.
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At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.
Jonathan G. Blum, Bank of America (Fixed Income)
Kelly Sapp, Bank of America