Companies succeed in large part due to their ability to analyze current circumstances (at the micro and macro level), while positioning themselves to make the most of what they believe the future will bring. In today’s economic environment, a “greener” focus could be key to sustained business success. And this may also extend to companies’ financing options.

So-called green bonds have terms and conditions similar to those found with traditional bonds, but are issued by corporations or governments and their agencies specifically looking to raise funds earmarked for one or more projects that tackle climate change. Examples include Toyota Financial Services’ issuance of asset-backed securities that were linked to hybrid and electric vehicle loans, and the issuance of corporate bonds by Unibail-Rodamco SE, Vasakronan AB and Regency Centres Corporation for investment in various green building portfolios.