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Considering social factors in pension scheme investments: Guide from the Taskforce on Social Factors

Taskforce on Social Factors
This final report identifies social risks and opportunities that can be addressed by trustees, industry, and policymakers. The guide outlines frameworks of good practice and materiality assessment, with data sources to support the assessment and provides practical assistance to enable consideration of social factors within their investments.
Research
22 April 2024

Human rights and technology: Final report

Australian Human Rights Commission
The report highlights how Australia can achieve innovation while upholding human rights. It offers recommendations on how to protect and promote human rights while responsibly using new technologies. The Commission consulted industry, government, civil society, academia, and leading experts worldwide, producing a template for further accountability and human rights protection.
Research
26 March 2024

Broadening the spectrum of investing: Opportunities and demand for investing in LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion

Morgan Stanley
The report emphasises increasing demand for LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion investments in the US, particularly among investors born after 1980. Nearly half of US investors seek such opportunities, but there's a shortage of investment options catering to this demand. Asset managers could profit by developing products targeting LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion.
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20 March 2024

Dhawura Ngilan - Business and investor initiative: A guide for businesses and investors

Terri Janke and Company
This report provides guidance for businesses and investors to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage rights and implement environmental, social, and corporate governance principles. The Dhawura Ngilan (Remembering Country) vision is outlined and detailed recommendations for ethical investment practices are provided.
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20 March 2024

State of Indigenous business: Driving growth across the Indigenous business sector

Supply Nation
The report provides insights into the Indigenous business landscape in Australia. The report outlines the potential economic growth for Indigenous businesses estimated at $8 billion, which could create 19,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians. The report discusses the current challenges facing Indigenous businesses and offers policy recommendations to stimulate growth and improved connection between procurers and Indigenous businesses.
Research
19 March 2024

Developing a public private partnership approach to increase financial inclusion for modern slavery survivors in Mexico

Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST)
This report provides insight into the development of a public-private partnership approach to increase financial access for modern slavery survivors in Mexico. The pilot intervention aims to improve financial inclusion of vulnerable populations, contributing to reducing and preventing trafficking and slavery.
Research
19 March 2024

Getting ahead of the curve on dynamic materiality: How U.S. investors can foster more inclusive capitalism

Oxfam
This discussion paper highlights tools and opportunities for US investors to foster sustainable and responsible value creation in order to support more inclusive and thriving economy. It also discusses the risks posed to portfolios by social and environmental risks and how diversified investors can mitigate them.
Research
19 March 2024

Sustainable banking in ASEAN

World Wide Fund for Nature (World Wildlife Fund – WWF)
This 2019 report analyses the sustainability strategies of 35 ASEAN banks based on environmental, social and governance indicators. This year's update highlights the increasing recognition of ESG integration into mainstream finance, although progress must be made, particularly in climate-related risk management.
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18 March 2024

Corporate resilience and response to COVID-19

Harvard Business School
This paper explores COVID-19's impact on corporate resilience and the effectiveness of corporate responses. Analysis of 2,000 companies shows that firms that invested in stakeholder relations performed better. The study reveals machine learning-linked big data provides new means to measure corporate responses and crisis management.
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18 March 2024

Experimental evidence for tipping points in social convention

This study shows the theoretical and empirical existence of a tipping point for changing social conventions. Minority groups can overturn established behaviour by reaching a critical mass, expected to vary depending on social setting. The findings offer insight for organizations with potential shifts in conventional behaviour.
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18 March 2024

Investing in influence: Investors, portfolio firms, and political giving

Increased institutional ownership of US corporations has led to a discussion about the benefits and risks of asset management companies in control. This paper examines whether the political preferences of institutional investors affect the political contributions of portfolio firms. The results suggest that a large acquisition by an investor is associated with increased political giving by both the investor and acquired firm.
Research
18 March 2024

Assessing pharma companies’ response to COVID-19 and the threat of future pandemics

Access to Medicine Foundation
This report analyses pharmaceutical companies’ response during the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, their performance in terms of registration and applying equitable access strategies for COVID-19 vaccines, voluntary licensing agreements and technology transfers, and forward-looking assessment of their preparedness for future epidemics and pandemics.
Research
18 March 2024

Queensland social enterprise strategy

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (Queensland Government)
The Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy is a government initiative designed to drive economic and social growth through job creation, improved market access, and making connections in the social enterprise sector. The strategy highlights key areas of focus and outlines a range of actions to help Queensland social enterprises flourish.
Research
18 March 2024

Delivering through diversity

McKinsey & Company
This report shows that strong financial performance correlates with greater representation of women and ethnically/culturally diverse individuals in the leadership of large companies. Companies that invest in inclusion and diversity not only align with social justice but may also achieve competitive advantage and growth.
Research
18 March 2024

Innovation and resilience: A global snapshot of social enterprise responses to Covid-19

British Council
This report offers a global overview of social enterprise responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. It identifies innovation and agility as critical factors for survival. However, it notes that women-led and youth-led social enterprises face higher closure rates, greater reductions in activity, and more limited access to government support.
Research
18 March 2024

Farming our way out of the climate crisis

Project Drawdown
The report focuses on how modifications in farming techniques, land use practices, and food systems can commune climate change reduction, carbon sequestration and carbon sink development and initiates numerous opportunities to become a part of the solution. By changing farming techniques and food systems, we can create numerous opportunities for climate solutions.
Research
18 March 2024
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