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Goldman Sachs, Xylem launch first ESG-linked demand deposit account

  • Goldman Sachs, Xylem launch first ESG-linked demand deposit account

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Xylem Inc.
Xylem is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in a variety of settings.

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Goldman Sachs Transaction Banking Services has launched a new ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) linked demand deposit account, with global water technology company, Xylem, as its anchor client, the two companies announced today.

The new Goldman Sachs Transaction Banking (TxB) product links the yield clients earn on their deposits to the achievement of their own ESG targets. ESG-focused companies, like Xylem, stand to earn higher yields as they deliver on their sustainability strategies. The product is structured as a demand deposit account, so clients can access liquidity whenever they need it.

Xylem, recognized as a leader in sustainability, is adding the ESG-linked deposit account to its suite of green financing tools. In 2019, Xylem executed an $800 million revolving credit facility with a sustainability-linked pricing mechanism, the first of its kind in the US General Industrial Sector. In 2020, it completed a $1 billion green bond offering, the proceeds of which were allocated to projects that improve water security and advance sustainability.

“This ESG-linked account is strongly aligned with our view that sustainability should be at the heart of both our business strategy and our financing approach,” said Sandy Rowland, Xylem’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our business is innovating in technologies that deliver more sustainable outcomes for our customers and other stakeholders. Banking products that recognize and reward ESG achievement are a welcome step forward in managing financing and sustainability interdependently. This account does that while delivering the flexibility we need to manage liquidity and payments.”

John Goldstein, Head of Goldman Sachs Sustainable Finance Group, added, “We’re proud to partner with Xylem to deliver a market-leading ESG solution, which supports the sustainability objectives of both of our companies. TxB’s ESG demand deposit product is an innovative complement to our existing suite of ESG finance solutions, enhancing our commitment to climate transition and inclusive growth.”

The new offering aligns with nine investment themes that underpin Goldman Sachs’ sustainability framework: clean energy, sustainable transport, sustainable food and agriculture, waste and materials, ecosystem services, accessible and innovative healthcare, accessible and affordable education, financial inclusion, and communities. Goldman Sachs’ sustainable finance commitment includes a target to deploy $750 billion across climate transition and inclusive growth by 2030.

Xylem’s 2025 sustainability goals include:

  • Enabling its customers to save more than 16.5 billion cubic meters of water through the use of advanced technologies;
  • Supporting its customers in preventing over 7 billion cubic meters of polluted water from flooding communities or entering local waterways;
  • Reducing the CO2 footprint associated with the water cycle by over 2.8 million metric tons
  • Providing access to clean water and sanitation solutions for at least 20 million people living at the base of the global economic pyramid; and
  • Using 100% renewable energy and 100% process water recycling at its major facilities.

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