A4S Essential Guide to Debt Finance

When lenders and investors take financial decisions, it is their responsibility to price risks correctly. Yet environmental, social and governance risks (ESG), including some of the greatest risks we face globally, are not being priced in. 

There has been an increase in understanding in recent times, and positive changes such as the rapid expansion of green bonds. However, where companies and finance providers are taking steps towards more sustainable finance, these changes, though growing in pace, are still incremental. To achieve the scale required, a fundamental shift is needed. 

The A4S Essential Guide to Debt Finance has been created through extensive interviews with lenders and debt investors to understand how ESG is currently considered in debt finance decisions, and how the market is expected to shift in the future. 

The guide includes:

  • An introduction on why considering sustainability is important for treasurers
  • Perspectives from both debt providers and issuers
  • Implications, guidance and tips for treasurers
  • Case studies and practical examples from the CFO Leadership Network and beyond

The Guide has been created by treasury teams for treasury teams, but will also be of interest to debt investors and lenders, and other stakeholders seeking to promote a sustainable future.


Explore: Implementing a sustainable finance framework: top tips for treasury teams

WatchA4S and IIRC Webinar on Debt Finance

ReadThe Treasurer magazine: What can treasurers do to fight climate change?

Benefitting from sustainable financing: blog by Pasi Kyckling, SVP and Group Treasurer of Stora Enso  

ListenTreasurers Podcast on Green Finance (with Jessica Fries, A4S and Jane Pilcher, Anglian Water)


Enhancing Investor Engagement Guidance

This is a practical guide for investor relations teams to engage on the drivers of sustainable value.

Implementing a sustainable finance framework

Guidance developed to help treasurers implement a sustainable finance framework, based on insights from members of the A4S CFO Leadership Network and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). 

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