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The Corporate Climate Pledges Are as High as an Elephant’s Eye

With mid-summer now here, 2021 has already surpassed 2020 on a few sustainable finance metrics.

A construction worker overlooks the under construction Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. solar park, on a former ArcelorMittal SA metals plant site in Laudun L'Ardoise, France, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. 

A construction worker overlooks the under construction Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. solar park, on a former ArcelorMittal SA metals plant site in Laudun L'Ardoise, France, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. 

Photographer: Jeremy Suyker/Bloomberg

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We’re halfway through 2021, and it’s already proving to be a bumper year for sustainability. Almost every major activity in sustainability is above last year’s trend lines: Corporations are making more pledges to procure clean energy. Financial markets are issuing more sustainable debt. And investors are putting more money into environmental, social, and governance-themed exchange-traded funds.