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Spotlight: Sustainability-linked loans

A growing number of companies are aligning their businesses to future-focused, sustainable practices and many also seek financial products and services that can enhance this commitment to sustainability. Sustainability-linked loans originated in Europe and the first of its kind recently came to market in the United States. These revolving credit facilities include a secondary pricing mechanism tied to improvement or degradation on a sustainability metric.

While green loans and bonds can only be applied to “green projects,” the proceeds of a sustainability-linked loan can be applied more broadly. From a lender’s perspective, the facilities encourage a company to make its business practices more sustainable by providing a direct financial incentive through the potential for lower financing cost.

The sustainability-linked loan was completely aligned with what we were doing as a company. Having Barclays follow our business and the goals we set, and proactively bring this innovative idea to CMS Energy and Consumers Energy was great. When they presented it, we said, ‘absolutely – let’s do this.'
Sri Maddipati, Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations for CMS Energy and Consumers Energy
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Nurturing growth and innovation with Unreasonable Impact

Barclays’ Unreasonable Impact programme continues to nurture dynamic entrepreneurs and ventures dedicated to solving global challenges and creating the jobs of tomorrow.

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