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Anticipatory finance: An introductory guide

This introductory guide explores anticipatory finance, a funding mechanism released before predicted disasters to reduce humanitarian impact. It explains anticipatory action (AA), details potential finance sources (e.g. donor funds, government budgets, insurance), and presents real-world examples, challenges, and recommendations for implementation.
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The Authenticity Advantage

11 December 2023
This benchmark report highlights the link between authentic sustainability and improved business outcomes in Australian organisations. The report introduces the Authenticity Index™, measuring commitments, culture, and communication, demonstrating that high-scoring businesses experience better talent acquisition, productivity, retention, innovation, resilience, and profitability.
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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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Is CSRD working for financial institutions? A look into how CSRD is being rolled out across the financial sector

16 April 2024
The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), an ambitious EU sustainability regulation, demands increased transparency from financial institutions (FIs). Challenges include the lack of sector-specific guidance and difficulties in data collection across diverse investments. Despite a focus on reporting, FIs must leverage CSRD strategically to align financing with sustainability goals and ensure long-term compliance.
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Banking on climate chaos: Fossil fuel finance report 2024

This report reveals that the world's 60 largest banks financed US$705.8 billion in fossil fuel activities in 2023, totalling US$6.9 trillion since the Paris Agreement. It highlights the increasing commitments from major banks like JPMorgan Chase and Mizuho, emphasising the ongoing support for fossil fuel expansion despite climate commitments.
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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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Social and Human Capital Protocol

This protocol sets out principles for valuing human and social capital, helping businesses to measure the value of community relationships and employee talent. The goal is to help businesses make truly sustainable decisions; however, this is a nascent field requiring more detailed data, and tailored techniques, to ensure more accurate results.
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The BankTrack human rights benchmark Latin America

18 March 2024
This benchmark report assesses 17 commercial banks based on their public disclosures in four key categories. The banks' policies commit to respecting human rights, but reports and remedies are deficient. The majority of banks need to exhibit concrete actions to effectively demonstrate their commitment to human rights.
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Empowering key development finance institutions in Asia to accelerate the decarbonization of the energy sector

The report outlines Asia's challenges to decarbonising energy while driving economic development. It suggests there is significant room for improvement among regional banks and to achieve their commitments to the Paris Agreement, firms need to implement more stringent sustainable finance policies.
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