New World Development Company Limited (NWD) and DBS Hong Kong (DBS) have completed Hong Kong’s first-ever interest rate swap linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), thereby taking a significant step on the journey to sustainability. This derivative transaction is designed to provide a hedge against the interest rate risk related to NWD’s 5-year HK$1 billion sustainability-linked loan from DBS, which closed in November 2019.
Under this innovative solution, NWD is eligible to receive sponsorship from DBS to support social innovation projects, if they successfully generate at least eight business-to-business integration opportunities that contribute to the UNSDGs adopted by the New World Sustainability Vision 2030. NWD’s social innovation initiatives include Impact Kommons, a UNSDGs-focused startup accelerator and business-integration programme, of which DBS is a social impact partner.
Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New World Development, said: “New World Group is committed to connecting business success with social progress and environmental solutions by promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We also believe in the power of partnerships to accelerate change, and that is why we have enlisted the support of DBS. With the winning combination of our resources and their expertise in financial innovation, we are joining forces to create shared value for the long-term well-being of society.”
Alex Cheung, Managing Director and Head of the Institutional Banking Group of DBS Hong Kong, said: “At DBS, we believe we have a role to play in promoting sustainable development. This ground-breaking transaction demonstrates true leadership in accelerating climate action, and reaffirms our commitment to work with NWD and other like-minded partners to build a sustainable future through innovation and collaboration.”
The UNSDGs are a call for action to address a range of social needs, including education, health, social protection and job opportunities, while at the same time tackling climate change and environmental protection. The UNSDGs have been adopted by NWD to standardise its overall sustainability approach across its portfolio of businesses, including practices in property development and management, and to establish energy and carbon-related targets. Both NWD and DBS are also signatories to the United Nations Global Compact and are committed to driving progress towards the UNSDGs in ways that are meaningful to their businesses. For DBS, this includes acting on climate change by partnering with like-minded clients, like NWD, in adopting agreed practices for responsible financing.
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About New World Development
Founded in 1970, New World Development Company Limited (“The Group”, Hong Kong stock code: 00017) was publicly listed in Hong Kong in 1972 and is a constituent stock of the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index. A premium brand infused with a unique personality best defined by The Artisanal Movement, New World Group’s core business areas include investment in property and property development, and investment in and/or operation of roads, commercial aircraft leasing, construction, insurance, hotels and other strategic businesses. Its Greater China operations, especially in the Greater Bay Area, had a total asset value of approximately HK$600.2 billion as at 30 June 2020. The Group’s two listed companies are NWS Holdings Limited (61%), and New World Department Store China Limited (75%). New World China Land Limited is wholly owned by the Group.