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Rohit Goel, Deepali Gautam, and Mr. Fabio M Natalucci

panel 1, JP Morgan’s ESG EMBI Global Diversified index is used to measure ESG bond performance and JP Morgan’s EM Equal Weight index is used for broader EM bond performance. The J.P. Morgan ESG EMBI Global Diversified Index (JESG EMBIG) tracks liquid, US Dollar emerging market fixed and floating-rate debt instruments issued by sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities. Figure 2. Equity Performance: ESG vs the Broad Index (Annualized Returns since Jan 2020) Impediments to the development of sustainable finance in EMs While sustainable finance is

Rohit Goel, Deepali Gautam, and Mr. Fabio M Natalucci
Sustainable finance has become a key focus area for global investors and policy makers. Last year proved to be a breakout year for emerging markets (EMs), with sustainable debt issuance in 2021 surging to almost $200 billion. This working paper, the first comprehensive study in the literature, analyzes the evoluiton of EM sustainable finance markets, including differences with advanced economies. The analysis shows how sustainable finance in EMs is growing fast not just in aggregate but importantly across many dimensions. The paper also identifies key development areas for EMs and policies to strengthen the resilience of sustainable finance markets.