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Green bonds take root in Southeast Asia

ESG investment gets a boost from new regional guidelines

A worker collects latex near Bogor, southwest of Jakarta, in Indonesia. Some green bonds will finance sustainable natural rubber plantations.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian bond issuers, both private and public, are putting greater investment on environmental, social and governance standards to reach a bigger pool of global investors.

To encourage this growth, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations adopted new region-wide guidelines on Oct. 11 aimed at ensuring transparency to investors.

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