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  1. Global sustainable investment review 2020

    This report maps the state of sustainable investment in the global financial markets and demonstrates that sustainable investment is a major force that is shaping the global capital markets. It also highlights the rapid developments within sustainable investment industry and emphasises moving the industry towards best standards of practice.
  2. Blueprint for responsible policy engagement on climate change

    31 July 2020
    This paper makes the investment case for businesses and investors alike to implement policies that align with the latest science on climate change. It provides a framework that stakeholders can use to mitigate climate risks and manage the transition to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.
  3. Climate-related risk scenarios for the 2050s: Exploring plausible futures for aquaculture and fisheries in New Zealand

    Adopting an organisational risk lens, this report explores the potential extent and interconnectedness of climate-related impacts to New Zealand Fisheries through two, alternate scenarios (reflecting 2ºC and 4ºC of global warming) set in the year 2050. The report aims to support strategic decision making about sustainable utilisation of New Zealand's ocean resources.
  4. Banking on a low-carbon future II: A ranking of the 20 largest European banks’ responses to climate change

    30 April 2020
    This report ranks the 20 largest European banks based on their response to climate change as of the 6th December 2019. The report highlights that while the European banking sector is making progress in reflecting climate-related risks, there is need for greater integration of these risks fully into strategies, processes, risk management tools and transparency.
  5. ESG considerations in fixed income: Observation of 10 ESG integration trends

    31 March 2020
    This paper shares key ESG integration trends that Russell Investments has found in the fixed income market. It is based off observations derived from their 2019 Annual ESG Manager Survey and discussions with fixed income market practitioners looking at ESG considerations and implementations in their investment process.
  6. 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.
  7. Financing sustainability: Asia Pacific embraces the ESG challenge

    Explores the drivers of sustainable finance growth in Asia Pacific and the factors constraining it. The analysis was determined through parallel surveys - one of investors and one of issuers. The research found that the biggest constraint for sustainable finance was a lack of bankable sustainable projects.
  8. The green swan: Central banking and financial stability in the age of climate change

    Reviews new ways central banks can address the risk climate change poses to financial stability. To avoid "green swan" risks, central banks should develop forward-looking scenario-based analysis to understand climate-related risk and coordinate with other major players to develop and integrate climate mitigation policies at the international level.
  9. The Inevitable Policy Response: Preparing financial markets for climate-related policy/regulatory risks

    The Inevitable Policy Response (IPR) is a project to prepare investors for the investment risks associated with the most likely responses to climate change. The likely impacts of climate change and mechanisms in the Paris Agreement are likely to force substantial policy introduction in the near future with investment implications.
  10. Active ownership 2.0: The evolution stewardship urgently needs

    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.
  11. Global progress report of the Sustainable Banking Network: Innovations in policy and industry actions in emerging markets - October 2019

    This report discusses progress made by emerging market financial sector regulatory agencies and the financial institutions they supervise, with respect to the advancement of sustainable finance in those markets. The report identifies key components for a national sustainable financial framework and the steps needed to implement it in emerging markets.
  12. 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.
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