Yorkshire Water mulling debut ‘social bond’

As monopolies, water utilities have never had to worry too much about the wider benefits their interventions have on society at large. The sector’s first ‘social bond’ is set to challenge that notion.

Yorkshire Water is contemplating the issuance of the first ‘social bond’ in the UK water sector, building on the industry’s reputation for innovation and diversification in the capital markets.

The bond, which is likely to take the form of an institutionally targeted benchmark issue denominated in sterling, would align with the social bond principles established by the...

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