We are committed to increasing opportunities for clients that deliver both competitive financial returns and positive environmental and social outcomes.

Sustainability target

As a leader in financing renewable energy initiatives, we have increased our commitment to mobilizing sustainable finance to a target of $300 billion by 2030. The target is part of our commitment to mobilize the necessary capital and develop innovative market-based solutions to promote sustainability in alignment with broader responsible business practices across CIBC. As the landscape evolves, our goal is to continue to develop solutions that address material non-financial concerns through an integrated Capital Markets platform:

  • Advisory
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Global Corporate Banking
  • Research & Insights

Sustainability Hub

At CIBC, we are committed to making sustainability a reality for our clients and the communities we serve.
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Integrated solutions

We are focused on increasing lending and capital markets activities to business leaders who recognize stakeholder capitalism through a range of green, transition and/or sustainability-linked financial products.

CIBC Capital Markets has a long history of advising clients in the energy, power and utilities sectors. Since making our initial commitment in 2018, CIBC has contributed over $40 billion toward sustainable finance activities.  Renewable and emissions-free energy represented the largest market sector within that total.

Our evolving sustainable investment universe

We continue to play an active role in the promotion and creation of sustainable financial products across asset classes in alignment with our clients’ interests and long-term investment goals.

  • MSCI ESG index-based principal protected notes
  • Commodity sales & trading of carbon credits and renewable energy credits (RECs)*
  • Proprietary ESG index / quantitative investment strategies
  • Interest rate & currency hedging solutions for renewables
  • Deal-contingent hedges for M&A in renewable sectors
  • Sovereigns, supranationals & agency investing solutions
  • ESG-based ETF services
  • Monetization of credits through derivatives
  • Green bond distribution
  • Securitization of various sustainability products

*Products pending launch.

Transition finance

Why we see responsible investing as an opportunity.

With a wide range of global sustainability challenges and complex non-financial risks on the rise, the world is in the midst of transitioning to stakeholder capitalism where sustainability is at the forefront of decision-making for corporations, asset managers and investors. We believe banks have an active role to play in the transition and, as such, are founding supporters of the Institute for Sustainable Finance’s mission of aligning mainstream financial markets with Canada’s transition to a lower carbon economy.

We are helping to create and establish guidelines on transition finance which will make a significant reduction of GHG emissions from carbon-intensive sectors. In order to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, many industries are transitioning their activities to be net-zero by 2050. These transition finance guidelines will help investors, companies and financial intermediaries in channeling and accessing capital to achieve these goals.

We are a funding member and active participant in the development of a “Transition Finance Taxonomy” as part of a National Standard of Canada for Transition Finance being led by the Canadian Standards Association. This work was initiated based on the recommendations put forward in the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance Final Report dated June 2019.

In addition, we are a member of the Climate Transition Finance Working Group established under the auspices of the International Capital Markets Association. The intent of this working group is to guide the market on best practices to qualify for transition finance.

Sustainability research

Institutional Equity Research

Our highly ranked research team offers select ESG considerations as part of their economic, industry and company analysis. Our reports are complemented by corporate and analyst meetings to help keep clients on top of stock market activity and the outlook for different industries and companies.

*Access to research through our global research partner may be restricted to entitled users. CIBC clients may contact their CIBC Institutional sales representative for more information.

CIBC's Sustainability Report

Sustainability is at the heart of our purpose to help make our clients’ ambition a reality.
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