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Experienced social bond manager has no fear of "social washing" despite a record surge in issuances

Never has the world seen so many social bonds issued as in response to the covid-19 crisis. Experienced social bond manager does not fear "greenwashing" or "rainbow washing" or those kinds of things, he tells AMWatch.

Simon Bond, director of responsible investments at Columbia Threadneedle. | Photo: PR

The issuance of social bonds has surged this year as the covid-19 pandemic shifted the emphasis from E to S, resulting in new social bonds.

"I've been waiting for this to happen for over six and a half years. And suddenly, the social is coming into focus, whereas it was always the forgotten part of ESG. This was actually a "cometh the hour, cometh the man" kind of moment," Simon Bond, director of responsible investments at Columbia Threadneedle tells AMWatch.

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