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  1. Impact investing: An emerging opportunity to add broader value?

    30 November 2017
    Large asset owners such as superannuation fund trustees have a responsibility not only to their member beneficiaries, but also to society at large. Investment decisions should manage both financial returns and societal impact. This report discusses opportunities and challenges faced by superannuation fund trustees in approaching impact investing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. Directors' liability and climate risk: Comparative paper - Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom

    The report provides a high-level legal analysis of directors' duties that relate to climate risk in four major Commonwealth countries: Australia, Canada, South Africa and United Kingdom. It captures the evolving priorities of organisations and their need to provide greater transparency on climate risks.
  5. Circular economy: From review of theories and practices to development of implementation tools

    23 November 2017
    The paper provides an overview of the literature on Circular Economy theoretical approaches, strategies and implementation cases. After analysing different Circular Economy approaches and the underlying principles, the paper then proceeds with developing tools for Circular Economy implementation. The tools discussed include a strategies database and an implementation database.
  6. 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
  7. Clean energy Australia report 2018

    24 May 2018
    Renewable energy is on the rise alongside the global campaign for climate risk mitigation, particularly the solar and wind energy sectors. In 2017, there has been a dramatic increase in global investments to build energy generation infrastructure, and the projection in the next 5 years is optimistic.
  8. How to invest in the low-carbon economy: An institutional investors' guide

    This report introduces the investment strategies available to investors in their efforts to align their portfolios with a lower carbon, more climate-resilient economy. The guide focuses on three main areas for investor action: climate-aligned investment opportunities, integration of climate-related risks and opportunities into investment processes, and phasing out investment in thermal coal.
  9. Investor toolkit: Human rights with focus on supply chains

    The purpose of this toolkit is to help investors to engage constructively with the intention to encourage better practice from companies, thereby reducing human rights risks in supply chains. This toolkit focuses on practical engagement points with a business rationale.
  10. In pursuit of deep impact and market-rate returns: KL Felicitas Foundation's journey

    30 April 2018
    The report is an update of NPC’s 2015 review of the KL Felicitas Foundation, Investing for impact: Practical tools, lessons, and results. It explores how the KL Felicitas Foundation’s impact investing portfolio balances social impact with financial return.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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