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  1. Net Zero Investment Framework: Implementation guide

    This report provides a practical framework for investors seeking to implement net zero commitments. It builds on the draft Net Zero Investment Framework published in 2020 by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, broadening to a global perspective.
  2. Internal carbon pricing for low-carbon finance: A briefing paper on linking climate-related opportunities and risks to financing decisions for investors and banks

    31 July 2019
    This paper makes the business case for financial firms to use an internal carbon price in investment and lending practices. Drawing on stakeholder insights, this paper provides guidance on how to best implement an internal carbon price to decarbonise portfolios and increase resilience in a low-carbon transition.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Time out: Why China's power companies should re-evaluate their coal capex plans

    15 November 2016
    This report examines the trend of Chinese power companies’ increasing capital expenditure into coal power in China, and presents evidence of how it can be a financial risk for investors. It also provides recommendations for investors to engage with company management and apply greater scrutiny to company investments in coal fired power.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The European commission action plan: Financing sustainable growth

    The report provides an explanation of the ten reform areas included in the European Commission Action Plan (2018), as well as possible impacts for investors. Four of these actions: taxonomy, disclosure and duties, benchmarks and investment advice were submitted as regulatory proposals to the European Parliament in 2018.

  10. Measuring the economic impact of short-termism

    28 February 2017
    Measures corporate long- and short-termism systematically. Assesses and quantifies the effects of each approach on corporate financial performance and microeconomic growth. Findings show that long-term approaches outperform short-term companies on key economic and financial metrics.
  11. Scaling finance for the Sustainable Development Goals

    Explores the role of corporate partnerships and financial intermediaries that can scale finance and increase capital and activities in regions that are key for the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through case studies, it illustrates various pathways for capital markets to maximise SDG investments at acceptable risk levels.
  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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