Barclays creates Sustainable and Impact Banking Group
by Ben Poole
Barclays has announced the launch of a new Sustainable and Impact Banking group, led by Brian Reilly, global head of Sustainable and Impact Banking. The group will focus on identifying new, high-growth clients that are solving global environmental and social challenges, and advising existing Banking clients on sustainable growth strategy and finance.
“We believe that sustainability and social impact will be a significant area of growth in the years to come, and it is important for Barclays to identify and actively pursue areas of growth in the market in order to best serve our clients,” said Joe McGrath, global head of Banking. “Through the creation of a new coverage group dedicated to this rapidly growing universe of companies, Brian and his team will be able to leverage our existing expertise to provide the advice and financing that these companies need to accelerate their growth and scale up their impact.”
By working in partnership with existing coverage teams at Barclays to both support and lead client relationships, the Sustainable and Impact Banking group will identify and cover new companies, most of them emerging growth companies, focused on sustainability or social impact, and will advise such companies on financing and strategic opportunities. The group will also work with environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors, building unique insights into this rapidly growing investor base in order to advise both existing and new clients of Barclays on ESG metrics and positioning.
“Companies with a stated mission of addressing the world’s most pressing societal and environmental challenges are continually emerging in every sector,” added Reilly. “In parallel, established global companies are both integrating sustainability into their corporate strategies and looking to partner with innovative, start-up firms. Corporations across the world are embracing the idea that positive social impact goes hand-in-hand with shareholder returns.”
The group will build on Barclays’ existing credentials in sustainable banking, having advised on equity offerings and private placements for corporations operating across the ESG space; sustainability-linked credit facilities - including the first ever in the US; and more than US$57bn of green, sustainable or social bonds for clients since January 2018, including the first ever from a UK bank.
The Sustainable and Impact Banking group will incorporate the Social Impact Banking initiative, launched in early 2018 under the leadership of Jed Lynch in the Americas and May Jaramillo in EME. The team will also partner closely with Debt Capital Markets, specifically Susan Barron, global head of Green and Sustainable DCM, and with the Private Capital Markets team, headed globally by Angus Whelchel.
Reflecting the importance of sustainability at Barclays across the entire firm, the Sustainable and Impact Banking team will work with the Sustainability and ESG team to coordinate and contribute to Barclays’ sustainability and climate change strategy, and will leverage the team’s intelligence in global ESG matters.
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