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  1. Investors can assess nature now: A guide to assessing water and deforestation issues in investment portfolios

    13 September 2023
    First Sentier Investors presents a five-step approach for sector and company-level assessments of nature and biodiversity with a focus on freshwater and forests.
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  2. The global governance of artificial intelligence: Next steps for empirical and normative research

    4 September 2023
    This analytical essay outlines an agenda for research into the global governance of artificial intelligence (AI). It distinguishes between empirical research, aimed at mapping and explaining global AI governance, and normative research, aimed at developing and applying standards for appropriate global AI governance.
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  3. Human rights risks in tech: Engaging and assessing human rights risks arising from technology company business models

    This tool outlines strategies for investors to assess technology companies’ responsibility to respect human rights. It includes questions addressing engagement on specific business model features that may create human rights risks and an evaluation framework to assess company responses.
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  4. How can businesses thrive in a sustainable economy?

    22 February 2023
    How can businesses thrive while still respecting planetary boundaries and meeting the essential needs of all people? This report provides a framework for businesses to transition to sustainable models by addressing unsustainable characteristics and adopting regenerative and distributive practices. The report highlights examples of businesses implementing these strategies and provides a Sustainable Business Model Canvas for businesses and investors to assess alignment with a sustainable economy.
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  5. The state of AI in 2022 - and a half decade in review

    31 December 2022
    The adoption of AI has more than doubled, with a peak of 58% in past years. The report highlights the importance of best practices and investing in AI as it is shown to bring financial returns. However, the majority of organisations are not mitigating risks associated with AI despite increasing use.
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  6. Guidance on Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles

    The Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles (SLLP) were originally published in 2019 and provide a framework to what is recognised as an increasingly important area of finance. A sustainability-linked loan is one that incentivises borrowers to improve sustainability performance targets. This guidance note should be read alongside the SLLP.
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  7. Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles

    The Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles (SLLP), originated in 2019 to provide a framework for this growing area of finance. This summary reviews the SLLP and its five core components. The SLLP have been developed by an experienced working party consisting of representatives from leading financial institutions.
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  8. Institutional asset owners: Strategies for engaging with asset managers for impact

    This report explores strategies to better align institutional asset owners with asset managers when managing impact expectations and outcomes. When institutional investors incorporate impact, they can mitigate issues that threaten the long-term value of their assets, and leverage their capital to help address the world's most intractable challenges.
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Relationship-to-profit: A theory of business, markets, and profit for social ecological economics

    Supporting post-growth transformation, this doctoral thesis posits a new theory: relationship-to-profit theory. This explains the social and ecological implications of how businesses relate to profit, and argues that for economies to be sustainable businesses and markets should treat profit as a means rather than an end-in-itself.
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  12. Safety by design: Investment checklist

    18 January 2021
    This investment checklist is a concise guidance document, aimed at investors and venture capitalists considering whether to invest in tech companies. The checklist presents a 12-point criteria touching on design and provision of services, community guidance, safety reviews, user tools, and proactive steps to inform users about safety policies.
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