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As the Public Sector team, we offer climate and ESG solutions and services to Housing Associations, Local Authorities and Higher Education institutions.
We are a group of specialists that deliver all Debt Capital Markets and Risk Management transactions for our customers as one team. Our cohesive and solution-led approach, combined with our deal capabilities and deep investor knowledge, allows us stand out in the market.
How we could support your institution
We could help you manage your key market risk exposures (interest rates & inflation) through derivatives such as swaps and options.
Public Bond Financing
We could advise and support you in accessing funding in the public debt markets via bonds, retained sales, tap issuances and reverse enquiries.
Private Placement Financing
We provide bespoke funding solutions for a broad range of tenors, sectors and structures for privately placed debt finance with global investors.
We offer a range of investment products and structures which could allow you to enhance yields and make attractive returns on cash.
NatWest is a specialist in sustainable finance across both bank and capital markets, with numerous mandates supporting issuers specifically in the Public Sector with the structuring of their Sustainable Finance Frameworks.
We have assisted Public Sector institutions with a wide range of ESG-related deals.
NatWest recognises the importance of the Higher Education sector and plays a key part in helping Higher Education institutions raise financing across the capital spectrum, including bank debt and access to institutional funding. Examples include assisting King’s College London in structuring the first Sustainable Financing Framework for a UK University, and supporting University College London in their landmark transaction: the first Sustainable Bond in the UK Higher Education sector.
NatWest has helped develop alternative funding sources for Local Authorities, including supporting the UK MBA and helping the sector to develop potential funding sources for the journey to Net Carbon Zero through collaborative working both within the sector and with wider stakeholders.
We are also a key bank for UK Housing Associations. For more information on our work with housing associations, please click here.
Product Innovation and Partnership
Innovative products, which we have developed in partnership with our customer, such as, for example, Green or ESG-linked Commercial Paper (CP) Programmes, ESG-linked FX forward products, and ESG- linked Revolving Credit Facilities (RCF) underline our commitment to continually strive to expand the sustainable finance market for the benefit of our customers.
Alongside ESG product development, we can help you define your ESG strategy and become ESG prepared, and we are offering structuring advice such as key performance indicator (KPI) definitions on ESG-linked products as well as developing more bespoke solutions such as KPI-linked derivatives, implementing carbon offsetting strategies and optimising capital structures.
We’re also involved in the Accelerator Cities programme of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), which brings together some of the UK’s most ambitious city authorities and other specialist stakeholders to catalyse action on home retrofit. As part of the programme, NatWest supported UKGBC last year in developing their Retrofit Playbook for Local Authorities.
We are proud to have celebrated a number of sustainability ‘firsts’ with our Public Sector customers. You can read in more detail about these transactions on our Case Studies page – or you can see recent examples of our work below:
London School of Economics (LSE)
We supported the LSE with their Sustainable Finance Framework and inaugural sustainable Private Placement as they looked to improve the environmental impact of their campus and fund a range of social initiatives to support students.
- ESG basics
- Sustainable debt instruments
- Developing your sustainability narrative
- Sustainability reporting, standards for social housing
- Higher Education Showcase - King's College London
- CFB - Overview of Social Finance Framework
- Impact Reporting on Sustainable Debt
- ESG Demystified 8 – Sustainability Linked Loans, Derivatives and FX Replay
To discuss how NatWest could support your sustainability journey, contact us today: