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  1. Finance for biodiversity: Guide on biodiversity measurement approaches

    This guide features six measurement approaches for financial institutions to assess their financial and investment activities’ impacts on biodiversity. It aims to assist financial institutions in developing a suitable impact assessment strategy and provides a comprehensive overview of each measurement approaches’ qualities, strategies, and features.
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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. Investor toolkit: An investor focus on Indigenous Peoples' rights and cultural heritage protection

    This toolkit guides investors on how to assess a company’s relationship with Indigenous stakeholders and its respect for their cultural heritage. The toolkit explains the impact of those issues on long-term financial value before providing detailed guidance on what investors should look for in a company's disclosure and engagement practices.
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Global microscope 2020: The role of financial inclusion in the COVID-19 response

    This report is a study of the enabling environment for financial inclusion in 55 low to middle income countries. It focuses on the role of financial inclusion in terms of how governments in those countries responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  9. A research and learning agenda for the impact of financial inclusion

    There is consistent evidence of financial services contributing to improved well-being, yet the influence of contextual factors is largely unknown. The theory of change framework identifies several knowledge gaps that funders/researchers can address to develop a more accurate prediction of when financial inclusion policy will generate positive wellbeing outcomes.
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  10. Climate Intrapreneurs: Insights from the front lines of bank climate action

    This is a synthesis of the key themes from the 2020 Climate Safe Learning Lab convening which the Lab hosted with the Climate Safe Lending Network. It shares insights into what is really going on inside banks when it comes to their speed of climate action.
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  11. Responsible investment benchmark report 2020 Australia

    Details the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2019 and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market. Reviews the practices of 165 investment managers who are applying responsible investment to some or all of their investment practices.
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  12. The emergence of foreseeable biodiversity-related liability risks for financial institutions: A gathering storm?

    This report proposes a framework for financial institutions to consider biodiversity-related liability risks in their broader assessment of financial risks associated with biodiversity. Understanding the potential of liability risks will help financial institutions identify, price and mitigate the direct and indirect impacts of biodiversity-related risks.
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