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Western Asset Management Invests in World Bank Sustainable Development Bond for Climate Action

Western Asset Management Invests in World Bank Sustainable Development Bond for Climate Action

Published 12-21-22

Submitted by Franklin Templeton

Western Asset Management, a specialist investment manager of Franklin Templeton with $375.5 billion in AUM as of September 30, 2022, was the sole investor in a 400 billion Indonesian rupiah-denominated ($25 million U.S. dollar equivalent) 5-year Sustainable Development Bond from the World Bank. World Bank bonds support the financing of sustainable development projects and programs designed to achieve positive social and environmental impacts in developing countries. The bond was issued under the World Bank’s Sustainable Bond Framework.

Kevin Ritter, Portfolio Manager, Western Asset Management Company, said “We are excited to collaborate with the World Bank on this opportunity. We find the income profile and potential total return of the Indonesian rupiah-denominated issuance attractive. Additionally, supporting the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Bond Program—which adheres to the highest industry standard with respect to transparency and the use of proceeds—provides a unique and credible opportunity to support the financing of sustainability-enhancing development programs, including its program of climate-related investments, while at the same time enabling specific clients to meet their investment objectives.”

Heike Reichelt, Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance, World Bank Treasury, said “We are pleased to see continued investor interest in climate action. The World Bank’s holistic approach to integrating climate change across operations is central to sustainable development and an example of how climate action can be mainstreamed as a consideration for investment and decision-making.”

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