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Investing in nature: Opportunities for institutional investors

Green Finance Institute
This guide aims to assist institutional investors in navigating the evolving landscape of nature-based finance. It offers practical insights into various investment opportunities, showcasing case studies that exemplify best practices and innovative approaches in nature investments.
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14 June 2024

An innovation pathway to decarbonization: Circular economy solutions for policymakers and industry in the US

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The US has a significant opportunity to decarbonise its industrial sector and boost its economy by transitioning to a circular economy. This report explores the economic and environmental benefits of circular solutions in key industries, such as batteries, construction, and electronics. It also analyses current US policies that support a circular economy and provides recommendations for further policy interventions to accelerate this transition.
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14 June 2024

Good practice toolkit: Strengthening modern slavery responses

Australian Human Rights Institute
This toolkit provides guidance on improving business practices under Australia's Modern Slavery Act. It emphasises effective stakeholder and supplier engagement, human rights due diligence, and the use of digital technologies. The toolkit includes practical examples and recommendations for businesses, governments, and civil society to better combat modern slavery.
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13 June 2024

Big oil reality check: Aligned in failure

Oil Change International
Big oil and gas companies’ climate pledges lack ambition and integrity, resulting in continued exploration and extraction. They fail to align with the Paris Agreement, relying on misleading accounting and greenwashing. Immediate action from governments and investors is essential to catalyse a socially just and equitable phase-out of fossil fuels.
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12 June 2024

Outsized impact: How investment can address the systemic risk of LGBTQIA+ inequality?

Colorful Capital
This report examines the systemic inequity faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in the US, highlighting its significant economic consequences. It provides evidence of the positive link between LGBTQIA+ inclusion and financial performance, and outlines a framework for investors to advance LGBTQIA+ equity through system-level investing.
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7 June 2024

The state of net zero investment 2024

Investor Group on Climate Change
The 2024 report analyses net zero investment practices of 63 investors. It finds that investor climate action is steady despite global headwinds. Key progress areas include setting interim targets, increasing action on adaptation and resilience, and enhancing corporate engagement to accelerate emissions reduction.
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7 June 2024

Refugee-related investments: Myth or reality?

The World Bank
This report examines the current state of refugee-related investment, a subset of impact investing focused on companies benefiting forcibly displaced people. It discusses the need for sustainable solutions for refugees' economic inclusion, the challenges faced by this nascent field, and recommendations for governments, development partners, and private sector actors to accelerate refugees' social and economic inclusion while benefiting host countries.
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7 June 2024

Briefing for finance: Biodiversity

Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)
This briefing highlights how businesses' impact nature and the significant economic and environmental consequences of biodiversity loss. It explores the risks of biodiversity loss and opportunities of investing in nature-based solutions, and offers recommendations for finance professionals to mitigate potential negative impacts and embed biodiversity considerations into decision-making processes.
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4 June 2024

Do investors respond to mechanical changes in ESG ratings?

This study investigates whether investors react to changes in ESG ratings that are not linked to firms' actual ESG activities. Using the 2015 Refinitiv coverage expansion as a quasi-experimental setting, it finds that mechanical rating increases influence ESG fund selections, especially among resource-constrained active funds, leading to portfolio allocations not truly reflective of firms' ESG performance.
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3 June 2024

National mutual economy report: Incorporating the top 100 co-operatives and mutuals

Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM)
This report provides comprehensive analysis of the economic and social contributions of Australia's co-operatives and mutual enterprises (CMEs). It highlights the financial performance of the top 100 CMEs, discusses their impact on both national and international economies, and includes case studies such as HunterNet Co-operative, demonstrating the sector's resilience and collaborative power.
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1 June 2024

Exploring the cooperative economy report 2023

World Cooperative Monitor
The 2023 World Cooperative Monitor Report provides rankings of the top 300 global cooperatives by turnover and GDP per capita. It highlights the economic impact and member benefits of cooperatives, offering insights into their performance, sustainability, and contribution to local communities and development goals.
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1 June 2024

Mutuals industry review 2023: Challenges for a purposeful future

Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler International (KPMG International)
This report shows that the mutuals industry increased net assets by 4.2% to AUD$11.7 billion, largely driven by increased interest rates and continued loan growth. The report also highlights key insights into the industry's future, including pathways to a sustainable and customer-centric future, managing the cyber threat, closing the gap on sustainability reporting, AI risks and opportunities, and CPS 230 Operational Risk Management.
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1 June 2024

Indigenous rights and financial institutions: Free, prior and informed consent, just transition and emerging practice

Shift
This report examines the importance of Indigenous Peoples’ rights in finance, focusing on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). It discusses challenges in implementing FPIC, such as differing views on indigeneity, determining adequate FPIC, poor information, and power imbalances. It concludes with the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships.
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31 May 2024

Artificial intelligence and human rights investor toolkit

Responsible Investment Association Australasia
This toolkit aims to provide investors with guidance on how to navigate the intersecting terrain of AI and human rights. It covers the various aspects of AI implementation that have potentially significant implications for human rights, and how investors can engage with companies on these issues. Its focus is on emerging risks and opportunities for investors in the context of rapidly evolving technologies and the ethical challenges they pose.
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31 May 2024

Biodiversity finance as a technology of power: Discourses of innovation and regulation in an Australian case study

This research paper merges innovation and regulation, commodifying nature through tradeable biodiversity units. This study explores how financialisation shapes conservation policies, highlighting tensions between market-driven solutions and regulatory frameworks, and the complex power dynamics involved in biodiversity finance.
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31 May 2024

Climate change 2023 synthesis report

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
This report summarises findings on the current state of the climate, its impacts and risks, and mitigation and adaptation strategies. The report highlights that human activities have unequivocally caused global warming, leading to adverse effects on nature and people. It emphasises that vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected and that immediate action is crucial to limit further warming and secure a liveable future.
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31 May 2024
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