The World Bank issues Sustainable Development Bonds aligned to the Sustainability Bonds Guidelines and Green Bonds aligned to the Green Bonds Principles. Investments in World Bank bonds Sustainable development bonds support:
- the World Bank Group twin goals to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity,
- the Sustainable Development Goals, and
- positive social and environmental outcomes in countries.
The World Bank (IBRD) has maintained a triple-A rating since 1959 and has been issuing bonds since 1959 to support lending to member governments. IBRD’s financial strength comes from the strength of country member support, a well-diversified portfolio of loans to sovereign-guaranteed projects, prudent risk management and substantial liquidity.
The World Bank benefits from over 70 years of institutional experience. This experience has spurred to create new products, helped develop new markets and benefitted member countries with advise and technical expertise. World Bank “firsts” include: the first swap, global bond, e-bond, green bond and blockchain bond.