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Companies face intensifying scrutiny over greenwashing

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🗞️ Driving the news: Greenpeace's Unearthed report highlights potential greenwashing in the green bond market, with Brazilian companies at the center of these allegations
• Brazil has been promoting Agribusiness Receivables Certificates (CRA) as a form of debt security
• The report discovered these CRAs may be funding businesses involved in deforestation, land grabbing, and questionable labor practices in Brazil

🔭 The context: Green and sustainable bond funds, representing an emergent and promising sector in global finance, have experienced a meteoric rise in popularity and capital inflow
• However, the lack of transparency regarding the processes involved in them have drawn the attention of environmental watchdogs and regulators

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The green bond market, especially when linked with sustainability, should ideally support eco-friendly and responsible practices
• The funding of companies associated with deforestation and alleged slave labor poses significant ethical and environmental concerns
• The situation underscores the crucial need for stricter regulations, clearer guidelines, and more transparency to ensure that funds dedicated to a greener future are not diverted to harming the planet instead

⏭️ What's next: With investigations into these green CRAs and other sustainable bonds, there's an increasing call for transparency and ethical practices
• Regulators are beginning to probe the green bond market, with institutions like the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the European Parliament setting stricter standards

💬 One quote: “As companies are becoming increasingly involved in green financial products — from carbon offsets to green bonds — the threats they face from greenwashing allegations are increasing as well,” (Patrick Temple-West, journalist)

📈 One stat: Green and sustainable bond funds saw an inflow of $24.5bn through August, surpassing the total $22bn inflow for the entire year of 2022, highlighting the growing interest and stakes in this sector

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