Debt issuers wonder if ESG label is worth it as skepticism spreads

Investing in sustainable debt may not be worth the risk of being accused of greenwashing according to some managers.

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Bond issuers appear to be reviewing the merits of tapping the ESG debt market, based on an assessment that the lower financing costs the label generally brings aren’t worth the risk of being exposed to greenwash accusations.

“There’s a number of issuers that are reconsidering the cost benefit trade-off,” Jason Taylor, the managing director for sustainability advisory and finance at National Bank of Canada, said in an interview.

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