Environmental Finance's Biodiversity Insight 2021 publication features articles and expert insight into numerous planned and active biodiversity-related initiatives occurring in the global financial sector. Each article discusses a public or private entity’s development, focus, strategy, and ambition of an initiative aiming for greater inclusion of biodiversity conservation in finance.
As industries and governments move towards the circular economy, clear and aligned direction is needed for a rapid transition to scale. This paper proposes five universal policy goals that can help governments build healthier economic recoveries and lower the costs of transition for businesses across sectors.
Supporting post-growth transformation, this doctoral thesis posits a new theory: relationship-to-profit theory. This explains the social and ecological implications of how businesses relate to profit, and argues that for economies to be sustainable businesses and markets should treat profit as a means rather than an end-in-itself.
Banks continue to finance the global plastics chain, despite the significant risks of lender liability from the impacts of plastic waste. This report highlights the lack of development of any due diligence systems, contingent loan criteria, or financing exclusions at the banks when it comes to the plastic packaging industry.
In light of COVID-19, this report explores the growing concerns that the animal protein industry is vulnerable to fostering diseases, supply-chain bottlenecks, and food safety issues. FAIRR promotes the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, a tool for investors to analyse how companies address animal welfare, and worker and food safety.
Discusses the growth of Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry from 2014-2019. Finding significant growth in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during this period. The report provides a brief history and context of Australia’s LNG boom, explains technical aspects of the industry and outlines four factors accounting for GHG growth.
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.
The blueprint is the final report of the Liechtenstein Initiative Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. The report covers goals and implementation strategies to strengthen the role of the financial sector in the global effort to end modern slavery and human trafficking, and accelerate action in line with the 2030 Agenda.
Rethinking food and agriculture focuses on new technologies driving the transformation of the food and agriculture sectors and the implications for the cattle industry in the United States. It argues that 2020-2030 will see the current industrialised, animal-agriculture system be replaced with a Food-as-Software model.
An analysis of how transition risks could impact the financial performance of companies through examples from the utilities, autos and steel sectors. This report provides insight into how the financial performance of companies in these sectors, and others, could vary in the future due to low-carbon economy transitions.
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.
This report outlines strategies for the sustainable management of water resources in agriculture across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations. It provides policy and management recommendations to ensure water allocation in agriculture remains sustainable among economic, social and environmental demands.