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The intersection of Responsible AI and ESG: A framework for investors

This report provides actionable insights for investors exploring the integration of Responsible AI (RAI) in their investment decisions. It offers a framework to assess the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) usage by companies. The report includes case studies of globally listed companies and a set of templates to support investors in implementing the framework.
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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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Impact at scale

23 February 2024
This report by Social Ventures Australia explores the topic of impact at scale within the Australian social sector. It sets out key features of impact at scale, with Australian case studies highlighting different approaches in working towards this goal. The report aims to bring together a uniquely Australian set of perspectives on the topic, which is broadly missing in current literature.
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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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Navigating transition finance: An action list

26 March 2024
This report explores how transition finance can help decarbonise high-emitting activities and enable decarbonisation in other economic activities. The report provides recommendations to improve awareness, provide clarity on transition activities and finance products, and mitigate risks associated with transition finance. A collaborative effort is required to navigate the complex landscape of economic, regulatory, environmental, and technological considerations.
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Great expectations: Is engagement living up to its promise?

20 March 2024
This report explores whether engagement activities deliver impactful sustainability outcomes. It examines systemic engagement versus company-specific idiosyncratic engagement and encourages investors to link engagement goals with investment views. The report distinguishes between the escalation mechanisms available to equity and debt investors and calls for a focus on financial materiality in the context of achievable and value-enhancing outcomes. Investors are reminded of their essential fiduciary responsibility to clients and stakeholders alike.
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