Orange has successfully issued its first sustainability-linked bond, for a nominal amount of EUR 500 million, linked to the company’s target to reduce by -45% its absolute greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1, 2 & 3) by 2030 (vs. 2020) and its commitment to provide digital support and training to external beneficiaries (6 million beneficiaries cumulatively between 2021 and 2030).
This GHG reduction target is aligned with the objective to keep global warming at 1.5°C and has been submitted to SBTi for validation.
This issuance follows Orange’s recently published Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework. This Framework is aligned with the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles published by the ICMA, and has received a Second Party Opinion from Moody’s Investors Services with a qualification of “Significant contribution to Sustainability”. Moody’s notably underlined that the magnitude of the chosen Sustainability Performance Targets is “significant, based on a combination of benchmarking approaches” and that “their expected impact […] on sustainability objectives is considered significant”, reflecting the Group’s overall ambition.
The issuance illustrates Orange’s ongoing integration of sustainability initiatives into its financing strategy. With an oversubscription of 5 times, it also enables Orange to extend the maturity of its debt and diversify its sources of financing on optimal terms.
Laurent Martinez, Group Chief Financial Officer, said: “This landmark sustainability linked inaugural transaction was very well received, demonstrating the markets’ confidence in the Group’s financial strength, strategy and ability to deliver on its ESG ambitions.”
Elizabeth Tchoungui, Executive Director in charge of Group Corporate Social Responsibility added: “Orange’s strategic plan “Lead the Future” and its ESG by design orientation puts CSR at the heart of the Group’s strategy. This translates into clear and ambitious objectives both in terms of controlling our environmental impact and for further promoting digital inclusion.”