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Defining social norms and related concepts

This report defines social norms as the perceived unwritten rules deemed acceptable and influential in guiding human behaviour within a community. Social norms can be beneficial or harmful and influence collective change. The report distinguishes injunctive norms, descriptive norms, moral norms, and attitudes to establish behaviour change interventions.

Impact investing handbook: An implementation guide for practitioners

This report is an implementation guide for impact investing practitioners. It includes chapters on defining impact investing, identifying players involved, setting impact goals, selecting impact investment tools and structures, measuring and managing impact, and implementing best practices. The guide is informative, objective, and designed to inform the impact investment strategy.

Disrupting privilege as power and control: Re-imagining business and the appreciation of Indigenous stewardship in management education curricula

2 June 2022
This report explores privilege's systemic connection to mainstream management education and proposes how engaging with Indigenous stewardship can tackle this. Using a case study of stewardship's implementation in a Master of Commerce program, educators can contribute to literature on re-imagining business and create better future business leaders.

Making change: What works?

This paper investigates to understand what makes social movements successful in creating change. The report concludes that having more and better evidence is crucial to encourage change, but evidence alone will not secure change. Instead, social movements must change the hearts and minds of the public and increase the power of those who stand to benefit from change.

Impact in place: Emerging sources of community investment capital and strategies to direct it at scale

This report presents emerging sources of capital for community investing through corporations, client solutions and community-driven investing. The report discusses how this field could shape the future of community investment.

Investing in Black technical talent: The power of partnering with HBCUs

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are significantly underfunded compared to other higher learning institutions, yet excel in producing diverse professionals. Organisations can bridge the skills gap by developing, hiring, and retaining top technical talent.

Intangible cultural heritage, diverse knowledge systems, and climate change

12 September 2022
This paper explores the relationship between climate change, different knowledge systems, culture, and heritage. It discusses the importance of a historical perspective, defines and describes different knowledge systems, and addresses the limitations of the predominant scientific approach. It also presents a framework for collaboration among plural knowledge systems.

Investor climate action plans (ICAPs): Guidance on using the expectations ladder

7 July 2022
This report provides guidance to investors on using the ICAPs Expectations Ladder to disclose their climate action plans. It covers investment, corporate engagement, policy advocacy, investor disclosure, and governance with specific recommendations. The report includes a glossary of terms and maps existing disclosures to the Ladder's expectations.

Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector

21 February 2021
The report explores Black workers in the private sector by analysing Black participation in the entire US private-sector economy, their representation, advancement, and experience in companies. And addresses key challenges moving forward including actions companies and stakeholders can take to accelerate progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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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