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Now Available: World Bank Sustainable Development Bond Impact Report 2019

This World Bank Sustainable Development Bond Impact Report 2019 is the first impact report covering all World Bank bond issuance and the entire portfolio of the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)’s development activities.

  • All World Bank bonds are sustainable development bonds and provide investors with an opportunity to do well by doing good. Investors can have confidence in both the quality and impact of their investment.

    Sustainable development bonds support:

    1. the World Bank Group twin goals to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, 
    2. the Sustainable Development Goals, and 
    3. positive outcomes in countries.

    Our bonds support the Twin goals & Sustainable Development Goals and provide positive outcomes environmental, social and governance (ESG) outcomes. The net proceeds of Sustainable Development Bonds support World Bank projects and follow a robust set of reporting guidelines to track impacts for investors who want to do well by doing good.

    We have a triple-A rating since 1959 and have issued debt since 1947. We fund only sovereign-guaranteed projects & have a preferred creditor status. We have a quality loan portfolio, diversified shareholder base, prudent risk management and substantial liquidity.

    We have access to over 70 years of institutional experience. We use our experience to create new products, develop new markets and advise countries. We have created market firsts including the first swap, global bond, e-bond, green bond and blockchain bond.

  • The World Bank Treasury offers a triple-A rated product mix for investors who seek to do well by doing good.

    Sustainable Development Bonds


    Global & Benchmark Bonds


    Non-Core Currency Bonds

    Structured Notes & Callable Bonds

    Capital At Risk Notes

    Discount Notes & Custom Issues

    Why Invest?





    Yield Enhancement

    Cash Management

    Recent Issue

    US $2 billion, 10-Year, 2.500% due 2027. Yield of 2.569%, equivalent to 19.52 basis points over  2.250% U.S. Treasury due 2027.

    Chinese renminbi 1.5 billion 3.5% due 2018


    Offered in major currency, two years or longer, fixed-rate, with early redemption, 100% of notional.


    The largest ever risk insurance transaction, US1.3 billion issue & earthquake coverage for Chile, Colombia, Mexico & Peru.

    Offered in US and Euro Dollar markets, with maturities of 13 months or less, and greater than $50,000 through major dealers.

    Learn more about Sustainable Development Bonds

    Benchmark and Global Bonds
    Sustainable Development Bonds
    Green Bonds
    Non-Core Currencies Bonds
    Structured Notes & Callable Bonds
    Capital at Risk Notes
    Discount Notes
    Featured Markets

    The World Bank Group 

    The World Bank Group (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA and ICSID) works toward the twin goals and Sustainable Development Goals and is the largest source of development finance with over 70 years of experience. The World Bank Group is owned by countries, the clients, and has over 12,000 people in over 135 offices.

    The World Bank

    The World Bank (IBRD, IDA) connects capital markets to development. All sustainable development bonds are World Bank (IBRD) bonds. IBRD lends to middle-income countries, issues bonds, and advises countries on capital markets. 

  • Sustainable Development Bonds support some or all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the World Bank Treasury creates products that meet investors’ while supporting our goals.

    Themes in Focus

    Sustainable development bonds support all SDGs. The World Bank Treasury responds to investors' needs and issues bonds that support one or several SDGs with tailored use of proceeds. We are focused on several themes, including:

    • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5: Gender Equality
    • SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
    • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities
    • SDG 14: Life Below Water

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    1. No Poverty
    2. Zero Hunger
    3. Good Health and Well-being
    4. Quality Education
    5. Gender Equality
    6. Clean Water and Sanitation
    7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    10. Reduced Inequality
    11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    13. Climate Action
    14. Life Below Water
    15. Life on Land
    16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
    17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal
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