Asian green lending needs a big push

Asian green lending needs a big push

A novel green loan for Singapore-listed Wilmar has highlighted the dearth of such ESG-based borrowings in Asia, but now that the agribusiness company has provided a template, the onus is on banks and borrowers to push for change in the region.

NPCI: The backbone to India’s payments revolution

NPCI: The backbone to India’s payments revolution

India receives global attention for its digital innovation as a tool of financial inclusion, but it couldn’t get off the ground without a unique non-profit institution charged with creating the infrastructure.

Capital markets: How to build a social bond market

Capital markets: How to build a social bond market

As an ecosystem to support and build the social bond brand starts to emerge, could the market outstrip its green cousin? There is a good chance, given the breadth of problems and the financing needs behind them.

CSR: Inclusion key to bank diversity efforts

CSR: Inclusion key to bank diversity efforts

While an increasing number of studies point to diversity having a positive impact on business performance, it needs to be coupled with inclusion if financial services companies want to see cultural and societal change.

SME financing: special focus

SME financing: special focus

The vexed battle to finance small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continues amid risk aversion, economic weakness, new regulations and banks’ balance-sheet repair.

Special focus

SME financing: special focus

SME financing: special focus

The vexed battle to finance small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continues amid risk aversion, economic weakness, new regulations and banks’ balance-sheet repair.