This week in ESG news: EU prepares to launch massive green bond program; Google commits to be ‘water positive’; Germany adds its name to list of bidders to host International Sustainability Standards Board; Spain joins growing list of sovereign green bond issuers; S&P Global Ratings launches SPO service for rapidly growing sustainability-linked financing market; Amazon offers tuition-free education to U.S. workforce; Green bond issues from Walmart, Verizon & Mondelez; JPMorgan creates new Head of ESG for Investor Relations position; Mackenzie Investments launches ESG investment boutique, and more.

See below for the highlights of the past week, and get all your ESG news at ESG Today:

Sustainability Goals, Initiatives and Achievements

Zurich Targets Air Travel, Clean Vehicles to Cut Emissions, Launches Carbon Neutral Equity Fund

Diageo Climate Goals Approved by Science Based Targets Initiative as in Line with 1.5C

Amazon Commits $1.2 Billion to Provide Access to Education and Skills Training for Workforce

Google Commits to be Water Positive, Replenishing More Water than Consumed by 2030

Cisco Commits to Reach Net Zero Emissions by 2040, Including Product Use, Operations, Supply Chain

Clorox Targets Value Chain Emissions to Reach Net Zero by 2050

GSK Adds Carbon Neutral Toothbrush to its Lineup of Sustainable Products

L’OCCITANE Launches Biodiversity Strategy, Targets Sustainable Sourcing, Plastic Reduction

Government & Regulators

Spain Joins Growing List of Sovereign Green Bond Issuers with €5 Billion Inaugural Offering

EU Prepares to Kick Off Massive €250 Billion Green Bond Program in October

Frankfurt Joins List of Bidders to Host International Sustainability Standards Board

Reporting and Disclosure

SS&C Launches ESG Reporting Solutions Platform for Asset Managers

ESG Services and Tools

S&P Global Ratings Expands Sustainable Finance Opinion Services to Sustainability-Linked Financings

ESG Investing

Mackenzie Investments Launches ESG-Focused Investment Boutique

Janus Henderson Launches Suite of Sustainable ETFs

GAM Launches Climate Bond Strategy Investing in Green and Sustainability Bonds

Fidelity International Launches Fund Targeting Opportunities from Multi-Decade Global Decarbonization

Sustainable Finance

Walmart Launches its First $2 Billion Green Bond

Verizon Launches Third $1 Billion Green Bond to Fund Renewable Energy Goals

Mondelēz Steps into Sustainable Finance Market with Inaugural €2 Billion Green Bond Offering

Exec Appointments

JPMorgan Appoints Aaron Bertinetti to Newly Created Position of Head of ESG for IR

Invesco Appoints Maximilian Kufer to Head of ESG for Private Markets

MAS Appoints Darian McBain Chief Sustainability Officer, Leading Newly Launched Sustainability Group

KKR Appoints Kerryann Benjamin to Lead Firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

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