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  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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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  4. The state of AI in 2022 - and a half decade in review

    31 December 2022
    The adoption of AI has more than doubled, with a peak of 58% in past years. The report highlights the importance of best practices and investing in AI as it is shown to bring financial returns. However, the majority of organisations are not mitigating risks associated with AI despite increasing use.
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  5. Integrity matters: Net zero commitments by businesses, financial institutions, cities and regions

    8 November 2022
    As the global community faces a climate crisis, the report recommends setting standards and criteria for achieving net zero emissions, addressing concerns about greenwashing, and calling for a just transition for developing countries. The report advocates for a collaborative 'ambition loop' to accelerate global efforts toward a sustainable future.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Rights-respecting investment in technology companies

    This briefing highlights the potential human rights impact of technological advancements and the responsibility of institutional investors to mitigate these risks. Based on the UN Guiding Principles, investors should implement human rights policies, assess risks and divest from companies with inadequate human rights practices.
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  11. Safety by design: Model clauses for due diligence arrangements and funding agreements

    18 January 2021
    This document provides model clauses for due diligence arrangements and funding agreements related to eSafety for startups. It includes pre-conditions for funding agreements, covering policies, staffing, training, and external communication. Additionally, the document urges startups to complete the eSafety assessment tool and implement safety by design measures.
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  12. Inclusive business: What it is and why it matters

    This report examines the concept of inclusive business as a means of enabling disadvantaged populations to participate in economic activity and share economic value. The report provides a comprehensive discussion of what an inclusive business initiative comprises and contains examples showing how they address social challenges.
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