About | Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown

Alexandra is the founder of Invest with Ethics, a business that promotes and supports ethical and responsible investing. She has a strong academic background as an Honours graduate with double degree and works as an ethical investment consultant for a leading financial adviser group.

PROFILE

Alexandra Brown is the founder of Invest with Ethics, a business that supports financial advisers with communicating and meeting the needs of their values-driven clients. Alexandra provides ethical advice consulting services and content creation, specialising in supporting the transition from traditional to ethical adviser.

As the research manager at Altiorem, Alexandra has led the development of the templates, taxonomies, research processes and supports the generous volunteers who are creating the content.

Alexandra holds a B.Com (Finance) and B.Bus (Marketing), achieving First Class Honours in Finance and published in an A-grade journal.

As a member and on the board of the Ethical Advisers’ Co-op, Alexandra supports financial advisers that have been at the forefront of the ethical investing industry. She is an active member of the ethical fund ratings group and provides fund research.

When not embracing responsible investment, Alexandra is hiking or travelling, most recently trekking in Nepal.

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SDG Industry Matrix: Healthcare and life sciences

Compiled by the UN Global Compact and KPMG, the SDG Industry Matrixes focus on the opportunities, principle-based initiatives, and opportunities for collaboration across seven sectors. This matrix applies to companies and initiatives in the healthcare and life sciences sector, highlighting the nexus between sustainability and value.

ASEAN 2019 Green finance: State of the market

31 December 2019
An overview of data by the Climate Bonds Initiative, illustrating market growth in ASEAN’s green, sustainable bond, and loan markets. ASEAN is an intergovernmental organisation integrating economic, educational, and sociocultural integration. ASEAN's issuance grew 98% in 2019 and makes up 3% of the global total.

Women's empowerment principles: Equality means business

The UN Women and United Nations Global Compact's collaboration provides a framework of principles for businesses to integrate gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. The report highlights that women's empowerment will have a positive effect on business success and society.

States of the apes: The impact of infrastructure development on biodiversity

5 September 2019
The impact of infrastructure projects on biodiversity are examined, using apes to illustrate how investors can contribute to biodiversity protection. A sustainable approach to infrastructure development, which mitigates environmental, financial and reputational risks of investment, is presented.

The ambition loop: How business and government can advance policies that fast track zero-carbon economic growth

This report highlights how building on business leadership and strong national policy measures spur additional investment and action on businesses, accelerating the transition to a prosperous zero carbon economy. This requires an "ambition loop" - a positive feedback loop between business leadership and government policies.

Over 100 global financial institutions are exiting coal, with more to come

This report published by IEEFA highlights the fact that over a hundred globally significant financial institutions are divesting from coal projects. It mentions that these major financial institutions, including commercial banks, insurance companies, pension funds, asset management companies, and development finance institutions, are building up the momentum against coal projects.

Poverty Footprint

25 September 2015
The Poverty Footprint is a tool that enables companies and partners to implement a people-centred assessment of corporate impacts on poverty. The report is used to better understand the impacts of operations and value chain on people and poverty, and to turn this learning into action.

SDG Industry Matrix: Energy, natural resources and chemicals

The Industry Matrix aims to inspire and inform the private sector, driving it towards inclusiveness and sustainable prosperity by identifying opportunities for greater social and environmental change. This Matrix applies to industries involved in energy, natural resources and chemicals, outlining ways that companies can create value for shareholders as well as society.

Sustainable reality: Analyzing risk and returns of sustainable funds

6 August 2019
Based on research conducted on the performance of nearly 11,000 mutual funds from 2004 to 2018, Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investment finds no statistically significant difference in returns between sustainable funds and traditional funds. However, sustainable funds demonstrated 20% lower downside risk than traditional funds.

Edwards Mother Earth Foundation: An impact investment case study

A case study of a 100% impact investing strategy conducted by a private foundation with a $35 million portfolio. The report lays out a roadmap similar foundations can follow in pursuing impact investing.

Sustainability-linked bond principles: Voluntary process guidelines

This report introduces the Sustainability-Linked Bond (SLB) Principles and provides guidelines for structural features, disclosure and reporting, to bring integrity into the SLB market. The guide is intended for market participants and designed to drive the provision of information to increase capital allocation in these instruments.

The case for sustainable bond investing strengthens

22 October 2018
This report is an expanded research study on a previous study conducted by Barclays. It provides deep insight into the relationship between environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and their influence on credit portfolio performance. In particular, looking at the effect of ESG on euro-denominated and US investment grade and high-yield bond markets.

ESG in fixed income

15 January 2020
This guide created by BMO Global Asset Management shows how and why they incorporate ESG factors and stewardship activities into their corporate fixed income investments and engagement approach. The guide also looks at how the growing sustainable bonds market is enabling fixed income investors to align investments with sustainability goals.

SDG Industry Matrix: Industrial manufacturing

The Industry Matrix outlines 17 Sustainable Development Goals with industry specific practical examples that companies can incorporate and follow. These industry specific ideas outline opportunities to create blended value by addressing both shareholder interests and welfare of the society. 

T100 Powered Ascent report: Insights from the frontiers of impact investing 2018

31 May 2018
The Powered Ascent report is the second in the T100 Impact Portfolio Series. The T100 Project is a longitudinal study of the impact investing experience of Toniic 100% Impact Network members. The report combines an analysis of investment portfolio data from 76 members with stories of their personal journeys.

SDG Industry Matrix: Transportation

The main purpose of the Matrix is to attract and influence the transportation industry to take measures that drive the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Matrix provides industry specific ideas and leading examples for each SDG, and outlines opportunities for the industry, as well as society, through shared value.

Fixed income investor guide: Putting responsible investment into practice in fixed income

This is a guide for fixed income investors to implement responsible investment (RI) principles. A key application is using environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration to determine an issuer's creditworthiness. Motivations for applying RI in fixed income vary from pursuing financial value through the management of risks and opportunities to ethical motivations and reputational concerns.

The 2019 ethical fashion report: The truth behind the barcode

The 2019 Ethical Fashion Report is Baptist World Aid's sixth consecutive report on labour rights and environmental management that grades 130 companies on their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and exploitation in their supply chains.

Active ownership 2.0: The evolution stewardship urgently needs

Active Ownership 2.0 is a proposed aspirational standard for improved stewardship. It builds on existing practice and expertise but explicitly prioritises the seeking of outcomes over process and activity, and common goals and effort over narrow interests. This paper sets out the case for change and a high-level framework for what the standard could involve.

Essential guide to debt finance

A guide to help organisations align their treasury teams and sustainability objectives to improve environmental and social outcomes, and in doing so bring value to their organisations. The report considers actions and opportunities as well as practical guidance on how treasury and finance teams can respond to social and environmental risk while adding value.

Empty nets: How overfishing risks leaving investors stranded

In a report written under the Fish Tracker Initiative, this document provides an overview of seafood exposure in equity capital markets, focusing on fishing related risks. This report is written with the purpose of aligning the world's capital markets with sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture.

Protecting our best interests: Rediscovering fiduciary obligation

24 March 2011
ShareAction (formerly FairPensions) report on the fiduciary obligations of different types of investors, exploring how the interpretation of this relationship has shifted from its traditional meaning. A detailed analysis concludes with recommendations for government departments, regulators and investors, to ensure that fiduciary principles are indeed protecting beneficiaries.

SDG Industry Matrix: Food, beverage and consumer goods

This report aims to inspire and inform the food, beverage, and consumer goods industry to take action to drive inclusive sustainable prosperity. The report depicts the opportunities for shared value from company actions, including leading industry examples, through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet

13 February 2015
The planetary boundaries concept presents a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come; a 'safe operating space'. Crossing these boundaries increases the risk of generating large-scale abrupt or irreversible environmental changes.

How to read a financial institution's policy: Analysing cluster munitions divestment policies

23 March 2016
Financial institutions consider cluster munitions companies as inappropriate business partners and have made efforts to restrict their investment. Unfortunately, their policies contain loopholes that could still allow their financing. Several steps have been introduced in order to help analyse a financial institution's policy and prevent cluster munitions exposure in portfolios.

Investor action on climate change

The report assesses the investment practices of signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) on the topic of climate change. In partnership between PRI and Novethic, the report includes themes such as long-termism, climate-related risks and opportunities, scenario analysis and innovation for a successful transition to a low carbon economy.

The COVID-19 Corporate Response Tracker: How America’s largest employers are treating stakeholders amid the coronavirus crisis

31 March 2020
The 2020 novel coronavirus pandemic and impending recession have created an opportunity for corporate leaders to put stakeholder capitalism into practice. JUST Capital has created a tracker to assess America’s largest employers’ response in supporting their workers, customers and communities. They have also developed principles to guide corporate America during the crisis.

Sustainable signals: Individual investor interest driven by impact, conviction and choice

11 September 2019
The report highlights key findings from Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Signals survey. It focuses on individual investor attitudes, adoption rates and barriers to sustainable investment’s position in mainstream strategies. It supports the case for asset managers and financial advisors to expand solutions and capabilities in order to keep pace with increasing investor demand.

The impact investing journey: Aligning portfolio with purpose

This report describes how a philanthropic organisation uses impact investing throughout its portfolio. Society has changed its view on ethical investing, and The Russell Family Foundation has implemented this in their mission. Three pillars of their portfolio target social, environmental and financial areas of investing, and these allow them to achieve their company objectives.

Multi-asset investments: Managing sustainability from a total portfolio perspective

31 March 2019
Integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into existing portfolios involves considerations beyond benchmark tracking and diversification such as budgets for governance and risk as well as portfolio impacts of different types of ESG implementation. The report explores ESG portfolio integration as well as outlining trade-offs in portfolio management.

From risk to resilience: Engaging with corporates to build adaptive capacity

30 June 2018
This report outlines how investors can identify whether certain companies are at a heightened risk as a result of extreme weather events. Additionally, it addresses how communications between corporate companies and investors can mitigate these risks and respond accordingly, thus promoting better adaptability to the financial risks of climate change.

Digging deeper: Human rights and the extractives sector

The report examines significant human rights issues in the extractives sector value chain, and summarises the key outcomes and insights of a PRI-coordinated (Principles for Responsible Investment) engagement with companies. Importantly, the report highlights the key elements that investors should consider when engaging with mining, oil and gas companies.

Guide to unlocking prosperity: Finance, investment and sustainable development

Companies and institutional investors can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business activities and investment decisions. This guide lists the many actions that these financial industry participants can take to achieve these goals across sectors including education, clean energy, agriculture, and health.

Climate change: Awareness to action

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has highlighted the financial risks of climate change facing financial services organisations, saying that they are material, foreseeable and actionable now. APRA’s survey of 38 entities summarises the activities that those entities are adopting to mitigate financial risks. This information paper provides APRA's insights into responses to their survey.

SDG Industry Matrix: Financial services

The Matrix provides industry specific ideas for action and industry specific practical examples for each relevant SDG. It profiles opportunities which companies expect to create value for shareholders as well as for society.

Circular economy - From review of theories and practices to development of implementation tools

23 November 2017
The paper provides an overview of the literature on Circular Economy theoretical approaches, strategies and implementation cases. After analysing different Circular Economy approaches and the underlying principles, the paper then proceeds with developing tools for Circular Economy implementation. The tools discussed include a strategies database and an implementation database.

Integrating the SDGs into corporate reporting: A practical guide

This guide builds on earlier work, in particular, the SDG Compass developed by the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which offers a starting point for companies approaching the SDGs, including resources. This practical guide does not create a new reporting framework. Rather, it outlines a three-step process to embed the SDGs in existing business and reporting processes.

Framing the future of corporate governance: Deloitte governance framework

This report outlines the Deloitte governance framework which provides board members with an end-to-end view of corporate governance. The aim of the framework is to act as a tool for board members and executives to quickly identify potential opportunities to improve both effectiveness and efficiency within the organisation structure.

The toll from coal: An updated assessment of death and disease from America’s dirtiest energy source

30 September 2010
Emissions from the coal-fired power plant industry in the form of fine particle pollution, global warming, ozone smog, acid rain and regional haze, cause significant negative effects on human beings. Research shows that death or disease from coal-based electricity production in the United States, can be reduced if the pollution from coal plants is addressed.

Human rights: The foundation of sustainable business

In December 2018, the world celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Two of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact are derived directly from the Universal Declaration. The United Nations Global Compact is advocating for businesses to stand up for human rights, promoting uptake of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The value of responsible investment

31 December 2014
The research explores the moral, financial and economic justification for responsible investment, and the academic evidence underpinning future action. It concentrates on how ESG factors materially impact investment risk and returns, clarifying the agency of investors over non-financial value creation.

The SDG investment case

Companies and institutional investors are being asked to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business activities, asset allocation and investment decisions. The SDG investment case tries to answer the question: Why are the SDGs relevant to institutional investors?

Global standards miss the nuance in local child labour

13 May 2015
Research conducted by Young Lives on improving the current issue of child labour provided from a view that differs from the conventional approach: improving working conditions is more constructive than merely banning child labour altogether, as doing so would miss the social and economic nuances such as relationship ties, supporting families and gaining skills.

Making a splash

27 November 2012
Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience jointly present 'Water in a warming world', a collection of research highlighting many of the key issues in this important area of climate change research. This article highlights some of the research on the potential impacts of climate change on the world's water resources.

How investors integrate ESG: A typology of approaches

Understanding how investors are applying the growing supply of corporate ESG information into their investment decision-making is increasingly important. This report aims to help investors navigate the rapidly changing responsible investing landscape by developing a typology that classifies approaches to environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration.

Global corporate green investment and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: How green bonds can help close the funding gap

This research identifies the potential for increased green bond issuance to support the green investment needs of large global publicly traded companies across all sectors. Comparing companies’ business as usual (BAU) to pathways aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), case studies illustrate how green bonds can support transitions to low-carbon business models.

Worldwide investments in cluster munitions: A shared responsibility

PAX
3 December 2018
A 2018 report on worldwide investments in harmful cluster munitions. Two arms manufacturers recently ended production of cluster munitions, and more financial institutions and states are acting to end money going to producers. Despite declining investment from financial institutions, there are seven companies in the report still manufacturing.

Navigating the sustainable investment landscape

31 December 2016
This paper informs asset owners about the current state of sustainable investing for US institutional investors. Drawing on the experiences of over 100 asset owners and investment professional as well as evidence from WRI’s own endowment the paper constructs a detailed outline of sustainable investing. It highlights the underlying motives and drivers, governance structures, relevant data and standards, investment vehicles, and key barriers that shape opportunities for implementation.

What is responsible investment?

This article defines responsible investment, highlights the ways in which it is currently applied to managing assets, and outlines the key forces driving its growth. Additionally, it discusses common misconceptions about responsible investment.

Investing in a time of climate change: The sequel 2019

30 April 2019
This report is intended to help investors understand how climate change can influence their investment performance in both the short and long term. The research uses scenarios from the Cambridge Econometrics transition-risk climate model, to consider three scenarios; 2⁰C, 3⁰C and 4⁰C temperature increases, with evolved pathways and magnitude.

ESG and corporate financial performance: Mapping the global landscape

31 December 2015
This white paper highlights whether integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the investment process has had a positive effect on corporate financial performance (CFP), whether the effect was stable over time, how a link between ESG and CFP differs across regions and asset classes and whether any specific subcategory of E, S or G had a dominant influence on CFP.

Business: It's time to act. Decent work, modern slavery and child labour

Decent work cannot exist where modern slavery and child labour persist, yet it is widespread across the globe. Nevertheless, a world with decent jobs can be realised with the help of companies.