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  1. Handbook for nature-related financial risks: key concepts and a framework for identification

    The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has created this handbook and a framework for the identification of nature-related financial risks. It builds on the Dasgupta Review of the economics of biodiversity, enabling financial institutions to begin embedding nature into mainstream financial models, risk frameworks, and portfolio strategies.
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  2. Vanguard Group: Passive about climate change

    As the world’s second largest asset manager, Vanguard Group Inc. has the potential to become a climate action leader. Despite Vanguard’s commitment to the Net-Zero Asset Manager initiative, the report argues that Vanguard’s significant share in fossil fuel exposed companies demonstrates a passive attitude towards climate change.
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  3. Artificial intelligence solutions to support environmental, social, and governance integration in emerging markets

    This report examines the use of artificial intelligence technologies to analyse environmental, social and governance ("ESG") data for investments in emerging markets. It gives a detailed account of an experiment conducted to determine the effectiveness of such technologies in analysing the ESG performance of emerging markets issuers.
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  4. A market review of nature-based solutions: An emerging institutional asset class

    20 May 2021
    This report presents a global review of nature-based solutions (NbS), identifying and analysing 88 existing NbS investments between 2002 to 2021. The report identifies common trends of existing investments, both opportunities and barriers to NbS investments and suggests recommendations to institutional investors and policymakers.
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  5. Responsible investing and financial performance

    The body of evidence continues to stack up – nationally and globally - showing that responsible investments typically achieve stronger risk-adjusted financial performance than their peers, consistently outperforming against benchmarks over short-term and long-term time frames. This fact sheet details the performance of Australian and New Zealand investment products, superannuation and impact investments.
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  6. Financial services and modern slavery: Practical responses for managing risk to people

    This report provides a guide on how to identify and treat human rights violations in the financial services sector. It is broken down into four parts to help the sector address modern slavery risks and develop more transparent reporting practices.
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  7. Responsible investment benchmark report 2021 Australia

    The report details the size, growth, depth, and performance of Australian responsible investment over 12 months to 31 December 2020. Applying a scorecard, it reviews the practices of 198 investment managers that have self-declared as practising responsible investment; and 54 entities that apply a leading approach to responsible investment.
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  8. Market overview: Australia and New Zealand responsible investments Sep-20

    A two page read that reports the annual growth of the Responsible Investment Managed Funds market within Australia and New Zealand. It offers insight into the composition of this market and a short snapshot into the performance of overseas equity trusts.
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  9. Sustainable funds U.S. landscape report: More funds, more flows, and impressive returns in 2020

    10 February 2021
    2020 brought record levels of interest and fund flows into sustainable funds in the US as investors became increasingly concerned about COVID-19, climate change and social issues. The record flows were followed with an immense increase in the sustainable fund universe and outperformance over conventional funds.
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  10. Gas and liquefied natural gas price volatility to increase in 2021

    Gas and liquefied natural gas prices are expected to experience greater volatility and higher spikes in 2021. This IEEFA research recommends consumers and businesses worldwide to consider reducing their consumption of gas energy as a means of cost-saving and look into cheaper, renewable sources of energy instead.
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  11. Lifting the lid on fintech: What does new technology mean for a financial system that serves people and planet?

    1 December 2020
    Addresses new developments in financial technology (fintech) through alternative data and explains how fintech has transformed the structure of financial services. Outlines new risks to the finance industry concerning democracy, sustainability, justice and resilience. While exploring opportunities to transform fintech for good through seven principles to guide financial policymaking and regulation.
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  12. The return on purpose: Before and during a crisis

    This paper demonstrates that investment in corporate purpose can improve company performance. To study the impact of purpose on performance, the authors conducted analysis on how corporate purpose relates to company financial performance, market valuation and shareholder value creation.
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