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  1. 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.
  2. Institutional investors and the behavioral barriers to taking action on climate change

    28 October 2019
    The report examines why leading climate investors are rapidly outpacing their peers despite having access to the same information. As part of the report, investment professionals and key stakeholders were surveyed and interviewed, revealing cognitive biases to be an important barrier to taking action on climate change.
  3. 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.
  4. SDG Industry Matrix: Financial services

    The Matrix provides industry specific ideas for action and industry specific practical examples for each relevant SDG. It profiles opportunities which companies expect to create value for shareholders as well as for society.
  5. How to read a financial institution's policy: Analysing cluster munitions divestment policies

    23 March 2016
    Financial institutions consider cluster munitions companies as inappropriate business partners and have made efforts to restrict their investment. Unfortunately, their policies contain loopholes that could still allow their financing. Several steps have been introduced in order to help analyse a financial institution's policy and prevent cluster munitions exposure in portfolios.
  6. The impact investing journey: Aligning portfolio with purpose

    This report describes how a philanthropic organisation uses impact investing throughout its portfolio. Society has changed its view on ethical investing, and The Russell Family Foundation has implemented this in their mission. Three pillars of their portfolio target social, environmental and financial areas of investing, and these allow them to achieve their company objectives.
  7. We need a bigger boat: Sustainability in investment

    31 August 2012
    This report is designed to help asset owners and asset managers overcome their modern-day challenges as we stand on the cusp of a period of significant transformation in world economies, politics and capital markets. It explores practical solutions and processes to enable investors to become sustainable investors.



  8. Long-term portfolio guide

    This research focuses on providing a framework for institutional investors to improve long-term outcomes for their portfolios, their investee companies and for their stakeholders. This framework is comprised of five core action areas: investment beliefs, risk appetite statement, benchmarking process, evaluations and incentives, and investment mandates.
  9. Navigating the sustainable investment landscape

    31 December 2016
    This paper informs asset owners about the current state of sustainable investing for US institutional investors. Drawing on the experiences of over 100 asset owners and investment professional as well as evidence from WRI’s own endowment the paper constructs a detailed outline of sustainable investing. It highlights the underlying motives and drivers, governance structures, relevant data and standards, investment vehicles, and key barriers that shape opportunities for implementation.
  10. In focus: Addressing investor needs in business reporting on the SDGs

    This report aims to integrate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the business reporting process. This is done by providing perspectives and recommendations on key parameters to effectively inform investor decision-making processes. This report builds on current available disclosures and does not intend to create a new reporting framework.
  11. Human rights in private equity: Information and summary

    This paper provides an overview of human rights due diligence (HRDD) in relation to private equity (PE) investors. Topics covered include the responsibility of PE, the value of HRDD for PE, the characteristics of PE, integration of HRDD into PE processes and implementation challenges.
  12. Guide to unlocking prosperity: Finance, investment and sustainable development

    Companies and institutional investors can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business activities and investment decisions. This guide lists the many actions that these financial industry participants can take to achieve these goals across sectors including education, clean energy, agriculture, and health.