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  1. Getting to green: Showcasing leading approaches to climate change within the European banking sector

    30 September 2018
    This report highlights how banks are affected by climate change and have the ability to make and impact through their support and finance of certain industries. Banks must start setting precedent for ambitious climate disclosure and this paper provides recommendations on how banks can align their business models with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  2. Tobacco: Reviewing the growing financial risks

    30 November 2018
    Addresses the performance declines in the tobacco industry and presents evidence of how it can be a financial risk for investors. It examines industry trends and outlooks in the context of varying future scenarios and provides recommendations to support future investment decisions.
  3. Australia's welfare 2019: Data insights

    This 14th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, presents an overview of the welfare data landscape and explores selected welfare topics - including intergenerational disadvantage, income support, future of work, disability services, elder abuse and child wellbeing - in eight original articles.
  4. Tech giants' investments in renewable power purchase agreements lead the way: Saving money while the sun shines (and the wind blows)

    Information and communication technology giants are leading the private sector in the uptake of power purchase agreements and direct renewable investment. There is a strong business case behind their investments, which also contributes to their overall carbon emissions reduction plan
  5. The dialogue: The impact of climate change on mortality and retirement incomes in Australia

    This report analyses climate change risks to Australians’ health and finances to understand the implications climate change poses to insurers, pension providers and policy-makers. Finding that bushfires, heatwaves and infectious illnesses pose risks to human health and finances resulting in higher mortality, lower superannuation balances and lower retirement incomes.
  6. 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.
  7. Norden is leading the world on fossil fuel divestment

    This briefing examines the world-leading divestment strategies of Nordic countries from the fossil fuel industry. It looks at the current policies of pension funds, insurers, banks, development finance institutions, credit agencies and central banks.
  8. Banking beyond coal: Sustainable development without coal finance

    30 June 2018
    This investor briefing investigates the financing of the coal power industry. Highlighting that bank financing continues to facilitate active development of coal power infrastructure, particularly in developing nations, which is incompatible with the Paris Agreement. Additionally, it provides a call to action for investors to engage with their banks to strengthen coal divestment policies.
  9. 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. 

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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