Social Bond Principles
Pre-issuance Checklist
Social Bond Principles
Pre-issuance Checklist

Pre-issuance Check List for Social Bonds - Social Bond Programmes - June 2023This document aims to function as a pre-issuance checklist for issuers considering issuing Social Bonds and to give guidance on the steps for establishing a Social Bond Framework as recommended by the Social Bond Principles (SBP). Links to the different supporting documents (e.g., High-Level Mapping to the Sustainable Development Goals, Harmonised Framework for Impact Reporting of Social Bonds, etc.) have been inserted for ease of reference. It is intended to be a pragmatic and condensed tool for issuers and for investors. Also included are some common questions that the external review providers may assess pre-issuance. The 2023 version clarifies requirements around target population(s) and includes references to ”just transition” considerations. Issuers are also encouraged to complete the Social Bond information template that gives a summary reflecting the main characteristics of a Social Bond, illustrating its key features in alignment with the core components of the SBP. This contributes to market transparency and clarifies issuers’ alignment with the Principles. This helps inform the market participants on a standardised format. Completed templates can be made available on the Sustainable bond issuers database.






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