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Financial crimes and land conversion: Uncovering risk for financial institutions

This report outlines the risks financial institutions face due to land conversion and related financial crimes. It emphasises the convergence of land conversion with crimes like money laundering and corruption, highlighting the need for robust due diligence and risk assessment. It introduces an Environmental Crimes Financial Toolkit to aid institutions in mitigating these risks.
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Respecting Indigenous rights: An actionable due diligence toolkit for institutional investors

26 April 2023
This toolkit offers practical guidance for investors to respect Indigenous rights. It covers understanding and incorporating these rights into investment policies, assessing and addressing impacts, and ensuring Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. This toolkit aims to mitigate risks and uphold international human rights standards.
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ForestMapper

ForestMapper is an interactive tool designed by Canopy to visually map ancient and endangered forests globally. It helps companies identify sustainable fibre sources and assess risks in their supply chains, featuring data layers on forests, species, carbon, and landscapes across various global regions.
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Bankrolling ecosystem destruction: The EU must stop the cash flow to businesses destroying nature

29 March 2024
The report analysed the financial flows of 135 companies in ecosystem risk sectors and found that 22.1% (US$278b) of credit and 9.4% (US$65b) of investment came from EU-based financial institutions from 2015 to 2023. The report recommends that EU regulation should align finance with global environmental targets to prevent financial flows from contributing to ecosystem destruction.
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The rising tide of greenwashing: Navigating ‘greenwashing’ risks in climate change targets and sustainability credentials

21 December 2022
The report highlights the risks and challenges associated with businesses misrepresenting their sustainability credentials or strategies. The document elaborates on the subject with the help of multiple examples and practical guidelines to reduce legal and reputational exposure to businesses and corporations.
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Biodiversity in the balance: Hedging portfolio risks

9 January 2024
The report illustrates increased NGO reporting, land use, and biodiversity incidents linked to industrial firms. With 31% of companies having no official management initiatives, investors are eager to address portfolio risks from biodiversity loss and deforestation. The report connects land use and biodiversity controversies with various risks, including operational, credit, market, physical, and systemic.
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Sustainable banking in ASEAN

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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Investing for the common good: A sustainable finance framework

11 July 2017
This essay provides a new framework for sustainable finance. The author argues that sustainable finance considers financial, social, and environmental returns in combination and develops guidelines for governing sustainable finance. Major obstacles are short-termism and insufficient private efforts.
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Collaborative investor engagement with policymakers: Changing the rules of the game?

25 June 2023
This report explores why and how institutional investors engage with governments and the challenges they face in the process. The authors analyse 11 case studies and identify drivers such as managing investment risks and fulfilling fiduciary duties, as well as challenges like limited influence on governments. The findings contribute to the sustainable finance and public policy literature.
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Looking for something that isn’t there: A case study of an early attempt at ESG integration in investment decision making

27 October 2021
This report explores the challenges of incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues into investment analysis and decision-making. Through a case study of an early attempt at ESG integration in an equity investment team, the authors highlight fundamental discontinuities between financial and ESG accounting inscriptions, and question the adequacy of current regulatory efforts.
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