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Sustainable finance in the wake of COVID-19

Sustainable finance is about reorienting capital flows towards sustainable ...

By Julie Becker, Deputy CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and Founder of LGX

Driving positive change

The Luxembourg Stock Exchange established the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX) in 2016 as a contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. LGX is the world’s leading platform for sustainable securities and now counts around 730 green, social, sustainability or ESG-focused securities representing a total value of more than USD 300 billion. LGX has been chosen as the reference platform by the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation for all their thematic bonds.

The current crisis has left governments, as well as public and private companies, in need of significant financing. Institutions from the public and private sector alike are turning to capital markets to raise the funding they need to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is of paramount importance that companies can get access to financing when they need it the most. In this context, we welcome the simplification process initiated by the Indian authorities to allow Indian companies easier access to international markets.

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