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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  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. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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