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  1. Recommendations of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures

    This report aims to provide a unified approach to the disclosure of natural dependencies, impacts and risks for financial institutions and corporates. As the issue of natural loss and climate change continues to grow, a harmonised way of tackling these risks needs to be agreed to safeguard against material impacts.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Generative artificial intelligence in finance: Risk considerations

    Generative AI is a subset of AI/ML that creates new content. It offers enhancements to efficiency and customer experience, as well as advantages to risk management and compliance reporting. However, the deployment of GenAI in the financial sector requires the industry to recognise and mitigate the technology's risks comprehensively; financial institutions must strengthen their cybersecurity and regulatory oversight capacities.
  5. How asset managers can set interim net zero targets that are fit for purpose: Responsible investment standards and expectations

    18 July 2023
    This paper provides guidelines for asset managers to strengthen their interim net zero targets, help promote transparency, effective emissions reduction and promote responsible finance within a modern world faced with an ever-increasing problem of climate change and inequality.
  6. Earth system justice needed to identify and live within Earth system boundaries

    19 June 2023
    This article considers how to integrate principles of justice within Earth’s system boundaries, specifically for climate, the biosphere, water and nutrient cycles, and aerosols. Using the Earth system justice approach, it discusses living within planetary limits whilst minimising significant harm to all people and ensuring equitable access to resources.
  7. The state of AI governance in Australia

    This report reveals that Australian organisations lack structured governance around AI systems. Corporate leaders should invest in expertise, create a comprehensive AI strategy, implement addressing risks and support a human-centered culture. The appropriate governance of AI systems is critical for corporate leaders to mitigate risks.
  8. Digital safety risk assessment in action: A framework and bank of case studies

    23 May 2023
    This report contains a framework and case studies for digital safety risk assessment. The case studies cover topics such as trust and safety best practices, human rights due diligence, and child safety in gaming and immersive worlds.
  9. The implications of AI across sectors and against 6 key ESG considerations

    AI offers great positive impacts and risks. This report helps to understand the risks associated with developing and using AI tech. Scoping exercise identifies opportunities and threats across sectors. Six core ESG considerations including trust and security, data privacy, and sentience are evaluated for potential impact.
  10. Mobilising climate investment in emerging markets: Opportunities for Australian pension and superannuation funds

    This report delves into the potential of pension funds in driving climate solutions in developing economies. Highlighting barriers like geopolitical risks and policy uncertainties, the report underscores collaboration, ESG standards, and internal expertise as pivotal for sustainable investments in these regions.
  11. 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.
  12. The geography of Australia’s digital industries: Digital technology industry clusters in Australia’s capital cities and regions

    This report documents the location of 96 digital technology industry clusters in Australia’s capital cities, regions, and suburbs. The report draws attention to the variables that affect industry growth and development, from company profit growth to housing affordability and quality of life.
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