MAPFRE invests €35 million in a green bond issued by BBVA which uses blockchain and finances SDGs
This deal is particularly groundbreaking given its dual nature: it is both sustainable and high-tech. On one hand, the funds are earmarked to finance green projects within the BBVA’s framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, the bond has been categorized as green, according to the Second Party Opinion issued by DNV – a global leader in certification. On the other, the terms of the bond were negotiated on BBVA’s internally developed blockchain platform.
José Luis Jiménez, Chief Investment Officer at MAPFRE, explained that this bond “contributes to the diversification of MAPFRE’s investment portfolio, and it does so with an innovative and sustainable product – two qualities that fully align with the company’s investment policy.”
Juan Garat, BBVA’s Head of Global Sales noted: “With this deal, BBVA reasserts its firm commitment to both sustainable financing and new technologies. Using DLT – distributed ledger technology – for this transaction allowed us to simplify the processes and streamline the negotiation time frames, which is in line with our pursuit of excellence in customer service.”