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Long-term growth potential for sustainable finance is strong: Moody’s ESG Solutions forecasts issuance of green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked (GSSS) bonds to total $1 trillion in 2022. In turn, market participants are increasingly demanding accurate assessments detailing the sustainability credentials of an organization’s bond and loan issuance or their broader activities.

Our market-innovating Second Party Opinions (SPOs) of green, social and sustainability-linked bonds and loans bring clarity to proceeds’ sustainability impact and their alignment to strategic frameworks and market standards.

Our Sustainability Rating provides a holistic view of an organization’s exposure to ESG-related risks and opportunities from both a financial and stakeholder impact perspective. Our assessment solutions can be used to maximize sustainability performance and stakeholder value, communicate with key stakeholders, and may facilitate customers’ access to capital.
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To date, we have provided over 450 SPOs to sustainable finance transactions by sovereigns, companies and financial institutions in 30 countries.
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For borrowers, sustainability-linked financing can be a more accessible route into the sustainable finance market.

Whether you choose to link your financing terms to specific key performance indicators or an ESG score, our expert team has the global and local perspectives your organization needs to best align to market standards.
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Our Sustainability Ratings move beyond the conventional ESG assessment and provide a detailed view on impact and value creation. We provide customized, engagement-led assessments around how ESG factors impact your organization – both in terms of resultant risks and opportunities.

By combining risk, impact and forward-looking analysis, our Sustainability Rating will help you tell your ESG story to investors.
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We provide independent verifications on a company or project’s alignment to recognized market standards – including the CBI verification scheme and Nasdaq Green Equity and Nasdaq Green Equity Transition designations.
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Moody’s expanding capacity to deliver SPOs

7 January 2022

Moody’s enhances its capacity to provide Second Party Opinions (SPOs) as global market demand for independent views on the credentials of labeled green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked debt issuance continues to grow.

“Sustainable finance offerings will become an increasingly significant part of annual debt issuance in the coming years, and so scaling our SPO service in line with growing market demand supports Moody’s goal to help our customers to make better decisions,” said Brian Cahill, Global Head of ESG, Moody’s Investors Service. “Moody’s is committed to partnering with the market to help advance the transition to a more sustainable and resilient world.”

Moody’s will leverage expertise from across the company in meeting its customer needs, reflecting the firm’s ongoing commitment to market transparency and efficient capital formation. Under the proposed changes, Moody’s intends to transfer its SPO business from Moody’s ESG Solutions Group (MESG) to Moody’s Investors Service (MIS).

The transfer will combine MESG’s deep domain expertise in the SPO and sustainability space with MIS’s scale and track record in debt capital market services, including its own range of ESG and sustainable finance tools and analytical capabilities.

Learn how we can help you make better decisions
To learn more about our comprehensive solution suite that fulfils every ESG-related goal in risk management, equity and credit markets, please email
Sustainable Finance
Juliette Macresy
CFA Executive Director – Head of Issuer Business
O: +852 3905 4601
M: +852 6337 9874
Second Party Opinions
Benjamin Cliquet
Head of SPO Business Development
O: +33 155 823 256
M: +33 679 375 735
Sustainability Ratings
Nicolas Moriceau-Gomez
Head of Sustainability Rating Services
O: +33 155 823 270
M: +33 668 186 954