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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Cutting carbon: What the rush to divest fossil fuels means for emissions reduction and engagement

    This report focuses on the decarbonisation of listed equity portfolios in Australia, outlining current investor initiatives and commitments to support decarbonisation and energy transition. The report discusses carbon exposure metrics, company engagement and divestment strategies, and investing in climate solutions.
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  8. Bankrolling plastics: The banks that fund plastic packaging pollution

    5 January 2021
    Banks continue to finance the global plastics chain, despite the significant risks of lender liability from the impacts of plastic waste. This report highlights the lack of development of any due diligence systems, contingent loan criteria, or financing exclusions at the banks when it comes to the plastic packaging industry.
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  9. Time for AIA to prove their climate credentials

    IEEFA report highlights AIA's discrepancies on its climate change commitments as visible from the carbon footprint of its portfolio. AIA, one of the world's largest financial firms and one of Asia's largest insurers, is estimated to hold up to US$6 billion in coal and coal-fired investments despite commitment to three global climate accords.
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  10. Strengthening financial resilience among rural and refugee communities in Rwanda

    United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has improved financial inclusion, through implementing its Expanding Financial Access and Digital and Financial Literacy (REFAD) program in Rwanda, and by working with local partners to help cater digital financial solutions and improve financial literacy for rural and refugee communities.
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  11. 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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  12. Sustainable investment survey 2020

    31 December 2020
    PitchBook conducted a survey of 650 investors and advisors from around the world on the state of sustainable investing in 2020. The report highlights the need for better practices to measure and define goals as well as discrepancies between individual goals when engaging in sustainable investing.
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