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  1. Valuing ESG: Doing good or sounding good?

    20 March 2020
    This paper considers a framework for company valuation that incorporates social responsibility in order to evaluate whether or not ‘doing good’ creates value for environmental, social and governance (ESG) companies, and for investors. It considers factors such as growth, profitability, investment efficiency, and risk.
  2. Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018: Guidance for reporting entities

    30 September 2019
    Australian Government guidance to entities reporting under the Modern Slavery Act 2018. The guidance provides information on what is modern slavery, how it might impact on reporting entities, what obligations entities have under the Act, and how to report against mandatory criteria using case studies as illustrations.
  3. Unlocking potential: A blueprint for mobilizing finance against slavery and trafficking

    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.
  4. Rethinking food and agriculture 2020-2030: The second domestication of plants and animals, the disruption of the cow, and the collapse of industrial livestock farming

    14 September 2019
    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.
  5. The race of our lives revisited

    GMO
    31 August 2018
    GMO's founder and long-term investment strategist, Jeremy Grantham, offers a wide-ranging analysis of interconnected environmental crises, explores solutions and makes recommendations for investors. The paper covers climate change, population growth, soil erosion and toxicity. It concludes by making the case for environmental investment strategies and fossil fuel divestment.
  6. 2 degrees of separation: Transition risk for oil and gas in a low carbon world

    This methodology was developed for the supply side data and demand scenario used in the asset level analysis of oil and gas production in a carbon constrained world. It shows the marginal costs for oil and gas produced by intersecting 2°C demand with supply curves are higher than the currently prevailing prices for those fuels.
  7. Final report: Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

    This report contains the final recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. It includes information on climate-related risks and opportunities, scenario analysis, and guidance to support organisations from all sectors to make climate-related financial disclosures consistent with these recommendations.
  8. Financing the civic energy sector: How financial institutions affect ownership models in Germany and the United Kingdom

    17 November 2015
    Addresses the concept of civic energy concerning the municipal ownership of energy systems in the UK and Germany by contrasting their banking systems to demonstrate how social and cultural values have shaped the civic energy sector. In turn, this demonstrates the importance of financial institutions in the low-carbon transition.
  9. 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.
  10. Corporate social responsibility and investment portfolio diversification

    2 May 2010
    This paper argues against Andrew Rudd’s ‘inescapable conclusion’ that integration of environment, social or governance (ESG) criteria in the investment processes must worsen portfolio diversification. While, negatively impacting diversification through number of stocks and correlation it improves portfolio diversification through a reduction of the average stock’s specific risk.