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  1. 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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  2. ESG 2.0: Measuring and managing investor risks beyond the enterprise-level

    This paper discusses how current institutional investing practices and asset allocation strategies conflict with ESG objectives. It encourages institutional investors to review their systematic risk-management practices and recommends the diversification of asset allocation to more regenerative investment structures and asset classes.
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  3. Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector

    21 February 2021
    The report explores Black workers in the private sector by analysing Black participation in the entire US private-sector economy, their representation, advancement, and experience in companies. And addresses key challenges moving forward including actions companies and stakeholders can take to accelerate progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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  4. A banker's guide to transforming finance

    31 December 2020
    This report focuses on the perceived purpose-gap in the banking sector wherein banks are not fulfilling their role to create positive economic, social and environmental outcomes. Filling this gap requires leveraging ‘systemic intrapreneurs’ within organisations to holistically shift banking strategy.
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  5. Global stewardship principles

    The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Global Stewardship Principles (GSPs) provide an international framework for investors to implement their fiduciary obligations on behalf of clients and beneficiaries. ICGN’s stewardship principles are a set of aspirational best practices, curated to be used flexibly with individual investor circumstances in mind.
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  6. Point of no returns - a ranking of 75 of the world’s largest asset managers’ approaches to responsible investment

    31 March 2020
    In this first of a series of reports released by ShareAction, 75 of the worlds largest and most influential asset management companies from across Europe, the United States, Africa and the Asia Pacific are ranked according to an analysis of their performance on stewardship, transparency and governance.
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  7. Mental health and employers: Refreshing the case for investment

    This report analyses the impact of mental health in the workplace. It examines the increasing prevalence and costs to employers of poor mental health among their employees, the actual mental health issues arising and their causes, as well as interventions employers can take and which provide financial return.
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  8. Ethics in the boardroom: A decision-making guide for directors

    This report guides company directors in making ethical decisions in the boardroom. It seeks to support and strengthen a board’s capacity to reason by providing a decision-making framework, key questions to frame board deliberations and practical examples of ethical dilemmas.
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  9. 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.
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  10. Can government policies that drive strong economic outcomes for the private sector alleviate poverty?

    The report examines how the adoption of policies that drive strong economic outcomes for the private sector often reduce poverty in the developing world, primarily through opportunities for job creation. In particular, the report calls for policies that promote greater access to credit and the protection of minority investors.
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  11. Investing in a time of climate change: The sequel 2019

    30 April 2019
    This report is intended to help investors understand how climate change can influence their investment performance in both the short and long term. The research uses scenarios from the Cambridge Econometrics transition-risk climate model, to consider three scenarios; 2⁰C, 3⁰C and 4⁰C temperature increases, with evolved pathways and magnitude.
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  12. Investing in a just transition in the UK: How investors can integrate social impact and place-based financing into climate strategies

    The Investing in a Just Transition initiative sets out how investors can act with social and environmental responsibility in the transition to a zero-carbon, resilient economy. It provides stakeholders with a sense of what a ‘just’ transition looks like, and suggests practical actions to achieve such a transition.
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