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PRESS RELEASE March 1, 2016

The World Bank Launches a Sustainable Development Bond for the Italian Market

Washington, DC, March 1, 2016 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development or “IBRD”, rating Aaa/AAA1) is pleased to announce the issuance of the Sustainable Development Bond 03/2026, which is also referred to as the USD Callable 1.75% Fixed Rate Notes due March 29, 2026 (the “Notes” or the “Bond”). The Bond is being offered to retail investors in Italy and combines investors’ financial objectives with their social and environmental sustainability goals, since the World Bank finances projects across the world to support economic development that is socially and environmentally sustainable.

The World Bank’s mission is to end extreme poverty within a generation and to promote shared prosperity in such a way as to be sustainable over time and across generations. This requires promoting environmental, social and fiscal sustainability.

The World Bank raises funds in the international capital markets to finance sustainable development projects in developing countries focusing on poverty reduction and inclusive growth across a range of sectors including among others education, healthcare, agriculture and food security, and essential infrastructure.

The Sustainable Development Bond 03/2026 will be offered to retail investors from March 1, 2016 to March 21, 2016, except in the case of early closing under the conditions set out in the Final Terms, and it will be listed on the MOT of Borsa Italiana. The Bond pays a yearly coupon of 1.75% distributed every six months and at maturity, after ten years, investors are entitled to the repayment in US dollars of 100% of their original capital investment 2 by the World Bank. Starting from March 29, 2018, and annually thereafter, the Bond can be redeemed early by the issuer at a price of 100%. 

In this issuance, the World Bank partnered with BNP Paribas, acting as Dealer, and Banca Akros S.p.A., acting as Co-Dealer, to promote socially responsible and sustainable investments in the Italian retail space.

Summary of Terms(*)


World Bank 
(International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)

Issuer rating:

Aaa /AAA1


10 years

Subscription period:

March 1, 2016 to March 21, 2016, subject to early closing under the conditions set out in the Final Terms

Issue/payment date:

March 29, 2016



Coupon payment dates:

29 March and 29 September of each year from and including September 29, 2016 to and including the maturity date, subject to early redemption

Early redemption:

The Issuer has the right to call the Notes at 100% in whole and not in part on March 29, 2018 and annually thereafter to and excluding the maturity date.

Maturity date:

March 29, 2026, subject to early redemption

Offer price:

100% of the specified denomination, i.e. US dollar 2,000


MOT of Borsa Italiana

Clearing systems:

Euroclear, Clearstream




BNP Paribas


Banca Akros S.p.A.

(*) Nothing in this document should be construed as a solicitation or offer, legal, tax or other advice, or recommendation to engage in any transaction. The information in this document does not constitute a recommendation of the instrument referred to. It merely provides information and is not intended to be either a recommendation to acquire financial products or an offer or invitation to tender. Any offer of the Sustainable Development Bond 03/2026 will solely take place on the basis of the Prospectus, the Final Terms and related legal documentation. For a detailed description of the Terms and Conditions of the Sustainable Development Bond 03/2026 and the related risks with regard to an investment in the Bonds, please see the relevant legal documentation available at as of the start of the subscription period.

About the World Bank 
The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), rated Aaa/AAA1(Moody’s/S&P), is an international organization created in 1944 and the original member of the World Bank Group. It operates as a global development cooperative owned by 188 nations. It provides its members with financing, expertise and coordination services so they can achieve equitable and sustainable economic growth in their national economies and find effective solutions to pressing regional and global economic and environmental problems. The World Bank has two main goals: to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. It seeks to achieve them primarily by providing loans, risk management products, and expertise on development-related disciplines to its borrowing member government clients in middle-income countries and other creditworthy countries, and by coordinating responses to regional and global challenges. It has been issuing sustainable development bonds in the international capital markets for over 60 years to fund its activities that achieve a positive impact. 

Information on bonds for investors is available on the World Bank Treasury website:

For more information about World Bank sustainable development bonds, see:

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 countries with more than 180,000 employees, including more than 140,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Institutional Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean bas in countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific.

About Banca Akros S.p.A.
Banca Akros S.p.A., the investment and private banking arm of Banca Popolare di Milano Group, has been a reference point for institutional, corporate and private investors for over 15 years. The bank’s strategy consists in identifying and supporting the needs of a clientele that can’t find the sort of solution they are looking for with retail banks. Investment banking and private banking have always been the two core businesses Banca Akros S.p.A.has specialised in. They are the founding pillars of the bank’s identity.  

1) Moody’s/Standard & Poor’s rating as of the 28 February 2016.
2) Amount subject to the World Bank’s credit risk and foreign exchange risk where the investor changes the capital and coupons into euro.