ISDA Launches Sustainability-linked Derivatives Clause Library

ISDA has launched a clause library for sustainability-linked derivatives (SLDs), designed to provide standardized drafting options for market participants to use when negotiating SLD transactions with counterparties.

SLDs embed a sustainability-linked cashflow in a derivatives structure and use key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor compliance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets, incentivizing parties to meet their sustainability objectives. While the market is still in its infancy and is highly bespoke, a survey conducted by ISDA in 2022 showed that there is demand for standardized terms and clauses in specific areas to support the development of this product.

The ISDA SLD Clause Library provides standard-form drafting options in several key areas, including provisions stipulating what evidence of sustainability performance must be delivered and when, mechanisms to adjust cashflows depending on whether relevant ESG targets have been met, and options available to counterparties following disruption and review events.

“By their nature, SLDs are highly bespoke transactions, but the language that describes the terms and the objectives doesn’t have to be. The ISDA SLD Clause Library is designed to eliminate unnecessary differences and bring greater standardization to this market. This will bring more efficiency to the negotiation process and reduce risks, setting the foundations for this market to develop further,” said Scott O’Malia, ISDA’s Chief Executive.

Prior to the SLD Clause Library, ISDA had developed a number of resources relating to SLDs, including a paper that described the details of the early transactions, a set of proposed guidelines for drafting KPIs and an analysis of the key regulatory issues. Following the 2022 survey, ISDA began drafting standard terms to improve efficiency while also retaining the necessary flexibility to allow SLDs to be tailored to meet firms’ sustainability objectives.

The ISDA SLD Clause Library is available via the ISDA MyLibrary platform, allowing users to read and navigate the various provisions in a digital format with search functionality and comparability tools. The MyLibrary platform can be accessed here.

For more information or to set up a subscription, please contact the ISDA MyLibrary team at

Frequently asked questions on the ISDA Clause Library are available here.

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