Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative (CB), an international NGO working to mobilize global capital to finance climate solutions. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organisations involved in its development and governance; advising the EU; and working with China's central bank on how to grow green bonds in China.
Working with Climate Bond Partners in the investment and banking community in 30 countries around the world, CBI aims to reduce market friction and improve risk differentiation for green investments. That includes advocacy around standards; issuer support for bond market development; and policy interventions that promote green finance solutions. Partners include major investors such as BlackRock, SSGA, PIMCO, Allianz GI and PGGM; major banks such as HSBC, Standard Chartered, Citi, Barclays, BNP Paribas and RBC; and Government Ministries in Switzerland and France.