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  1. Sustainability: The bond that endures - Tools and insights for ESG investing in fixed income

    19 November 2019
    BlackRock considers four key areas for environmental, social and governance (ESG) in fixed income: sustainable building blocks such as ESG indexes, a lens for considering the sustainability of government bond issuers, the financial relevance/materiality of ESG characteristics across different industries, and how to build sustainable portfolios using fixed income.
  2. A portfolio approach to impact investment

    1 October 2012
    This paper is a practical guide on how to build and analyse a portfolio of impact, which is based on a graphical assessment of impact investments along the dimensions of impact, risk and return. The framework offers insight into the construction of a target profile, mapping individual investments and aggregate portfolios, as well as risk management.
  3. Fiduciary duty in the 21st century: Final report

    This is the final report from a four-year, multi-stakeholder/multi-jurisdiction research and engagement exercise. It demonstrates that environmental, social and governance integration is a component of investors' fiduciary duty. In order to fulfill this duty, regulators and policymakers must better understand fiduciaries’ needs and establish policies that support this approach.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Fixed income: An introduction to responsible investment

    This guide provides an introduction on how investors can consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues when assessing fixed income instruments and their issuers. It outlines options for how to include ESG issues when building a fixed income portfolio and when working with issuers on how they manage ESG issues.
  12. 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.
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