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  1. Greenwashing risks in asset management: Staying one step ahead

    The practice of greenwashing is a key regulatory concern in the UK, EU and globally. Greenwashing involves making misleading statements about sustainable products. This report examines how greenwashing occurs and the regulatory initiatives that have emerged to combat this. The report provides five steps firms can take to prevent greenwashing.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Corporate climate transition plans: A guide to investor expectations

    A climate transition plan is a time-bound plan that outlines how a company will align its business model with its decarbonisation goals. The report focuses on expectations for a climate transition plan, including interim and long-term emissions reductions, and strategies and actions to meet these targets.
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  5. Finance and biodiversity: Overview of initiatives for financial institutions

    In collaboration with international organisations, the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge has developed an overview of the main biodiversity-related initiatives currently targeting financial institutions. The Overview features a summary of twelve major initiatives and defines its key activities, collaboration, delivery, and goals it aims to achieve.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Global investor engagement on meat sourcing: Engaging QSRs on climate and water risks to protein supply chains

    This report examines the findings from dialogue with quick-service-restaurant (QSR) brands, as part of the Global Investor Engagement on Meat Sourcing. Investors have encouraged six of the largest QSR brands to prioritise reducing their vulnerability to climate change and water scarcity from animal protein production. Key trends include emission reduction targets and board oversight.
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  10. Banking on climate chaos: Fossil fuel finance report 2021

    This report examines fossil fuel financing from the world’s 60 largest commercial and investment banks, identifying the key firms responsible for the increase in fossil fuel financing between 2016 and 2020. Investment into specific fossil fuel sources and each bank's commitment to 'net-zero by 2050' is explored.
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  11. Net zero investment framework: Implementation guide

    This report provides a practical framework for investors seeking to implement net zero commitments. It builds on the draft Net Zero Investment Framework published in 2020 by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, broadening to a global perspective.
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  12. 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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