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  1. Towards a systemic understanding of sustainable well-being for all in cities: A conceptual framework

    3 January 2023
    The purpose of this framework is to guide the design and evaluation of public policies, as well as provide tools for conducting thorough assessments and monitoring progress across various socio-ecological dimensions of sustainable well-being in different urban settings on a universal scale.
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  2. Biodiversity insight 2021

    30 November 2021
    Environmental Finance's Biodiversity Insight 2021 publication features articles and expert insight into numerous planned and active biodiversity-related initiatives occurring in the global financial sector. Each article discusses a public or private entity’s development, focus, strategy, and ambition of an initiative aiming for greater inclusion of biodiversity conservation in finance.
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  3. ESG: Hyperboles and reality

    19 November 2021
    An analysis drawing on a decade of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research to discuss theories of influence, the relationship between ESG and corporate value, and the usefulness of ESG assessments and ratings. The report aims to debunk myths associated with ESG as a commonly used evaluation within businesses and society.
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  4. Climate transparency report 2021: Comparing G20 climate action towards net zero

    14 October 2021
    The Climate transparency report 2021 summarises the climate actions of G20 countries using the latest emissions data. It covers 100 indicators on decarbonisation, climate policies, finance, and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Providing country ratings, it identifies leaders and laggards in transition to a net zero-emission economy.
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  5. A legal framework for impact: Sustainability impact in investor decision-making

    The report examines whether laws within eleven diverse jurisdictions support institutional investors in pursuing sustainability outcomes, while at the same time earning a financial return. It discusses options available to policymakers for legal reform in order to facilitate investing for sustainability impact.
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  6. Winning without win-win? Recommendations on financial market strategies for biodiversity and nature

    19 July 2021
    Expert recommendations for investors regarding financial market strategies to address urgent risks in biodiversity and nature, including examples of meaningful market actions and critique of 'win-win' thinking in investment decision-making. Recommendations drawn from a private cross-sectoral dialogue hosted by Preventable Surprises in February 2021.
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  7. How can investors help prevent corporate policy capture?

    24 May 2021
    This project aims to make corporate political capture a central component of investors’ approach to ESG stewardship and integration. It leverages information on the state of play for key sectors and shares lessons learned from past investor engagements, including a 12-step process for ESG investors to address negative corporate lobbying.
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  8. 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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  9. Financing for sustainable development report 2021

    This report contains updates, data and analysis on trends in financing for sustainable development in 2021, while setting out recommendations for policy. Covid-19 has negatively impacted progress for sustainable development. The report proposes measures to support developing countries, rebuild global economies, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
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  10. Universal circular economy policy goals: Enabling the transition to scale

    3 February 2021
    As industries and governments move towards the circular economy, clear and aligned direction is needed for a rapid transition to scale. This paper proposes five universal policy goals that can help governments build healthier economic recoveries and lower the costs of transition for businesses across sectors.
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  11. The little book of investing in nature

    11 January 2021
    Governments and investors are increasingly aware of their responsibility in promoting biodiversity through finance. This book features a comprehensive guide to developing sustainable investment strategies and planning, investment activities to pursue and avoid, case studies of current and past efforts, and an overview of the investment options which promote biodiversity.
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  12. Growth without economic growth

    Economic growth is closely correlated to environmental depletion and resource use. This report explores the need to decouple economic growth and resource consumption to achieve the sustainability goals and the European Green Deal. It introduces alternative views to economic growth including circular economics, green growth and doughnut economics.
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