The Banker names Natixis’ Green and Sustainable Hub as its Team of the Month

The Banker has profiled Natixis’s Green and Sustainable Hub (GSH) as its Team of the Month. The hub, integral to all of Natixis’ work in green and sustainable finance sector, is helping to cement Natixis’ position as the leading reference bank for such activities.

Speaking with Orith Azoulay, Head of the GSH, and Thomas Girard, in charge of business development at the GSH, the article highlights some of the team’s achievements from the past year, including the first commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), real-estate loans and structured notes.

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S&P Global Ratings and Resilience Economics’ joint report on the effects of weather events on corporate earning is covered by the specialist press.

The effect of climate risk and severe weather events on corporate earnings can be significant. If left unmitigated, the financial impact could increase over time as climate change makes disruptive weather events more frequent and severe. The report entitled “The Effects of Weather Events on Corporate Earnings are Gathering Force” was jointly released by S&P Global Ratings and Resilience Economics.

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Writing on environmental risk in credit ratings, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins contributes to SEB’s paper The Green Bond

 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities are of growing interest to all market participants. With the potential to affect an entity’s capacity and willingness to meet its financial commitments in various ways, it is important to understand how S&P Global Ratings incorporates ESG factors into credit ratings. Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, explains.

The full piece was published in print.

Natixis’ Orith Azoulay and Louis Douady discuss the Green Weighting Factor in Environmental Finance

In an interview with Environmental Finance, Orith Azoulay, Head of Natixis’ Green and Sustainable Hub, and Louis Douady, Natixis’ Head of Environmental and Social Responsibility, discuss the bank’s new “green weighting factor”.

They explain how Natixis wanted to anticipate any incoming European regulation and introduce a highly versatile methodology which covers diverse industries while also working alongside existing taxonomies.

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Orith Azoulay, Global Head of Natixis’s Green and Sustainability Hub, discusses sustainable structured products in The Banker

Quoted in The Banker, Orith Azoulay, Global Head of Natixis’s Green and Sustainability Hub, explained that the growing trend for investors is “a top-down, cross-asset class commitment to ESG and/or green”.

However, Azoulay also noted that “the market has not defined per se what a green structured product is and how to assess its greenness”, and while common guidelines have been developed for other asset classes, a framework is still lacking for structured products.

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Miroslav Petkov, S&P Global Ratings, considers the growth of adaptation finance in the face of climate change, for the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership (CISL)

Following extreme weather events last year, the international community has issued multiple calls to strengthen infrastructure against extreme weather events and the expected impact of climate change. Writing for the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership (CISL), Miroslav Petkov, Director, S&P Global Ratings explores the need for and potential rise of adaptation infrastructure finance.

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins is the guest speaker on the ICC World Business Organization’s Podcast on sustainable finance

In light of the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, ICC United Kingdom Secretary General Chris Southworth, talks to Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings, about how the public and private sectors are enabling sustainable finance, the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) and resilient societies.

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Specialist press cover Natixis’ partnership with Solactive AG on new Climate and Energy Transition Index

Natixis has partnered with Solactive AG to launch a new Climate and Energy Transition Index, which will be used as a basis for their structured products.

The index, based on methodology designed by Natixis and Sustainalytics, will track the performance of companies that show the best commitment to energy transition in their sectors while exhibiting low volatility and high dividend yield characteristics.

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