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A market review of nature-based solutions: An emerging institutional asset class

Finance Earth
This report presents a global review of nature-based solutions (NbS), identifying and analysing 88 existing NbS investments between 2002 to 2021. The report identifies common trends of existing investments, both opportunities and barriers to NbS investments and suggests recommendations to institutional investors and policymakers.
Research
6 January 2023

FAIRR's meat sourcing engagement series

Ceres
The "Global Investor Engagement on Meat Sourcing" series report highlights dialogues between major quick-service restaurant (QSR) brands and institutional investors. Initiated in 2019, it focuses on urging QSRs to address climate and water risks in their protein supply chains, emphasising greenhouse gas reduction and water risk management.
Benchmark/series
29 December 2022

A legal framework for impact: Sustainability impact in investor decision-making

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
The report examines whether laws within eleven diverse jurisdictions support institutional investors in pursuing sustainability outcomes, while at the same time earning a financial return. It discusses options available to policymakers for legal reform in order to facilitate investing for sustainability impact.
Research
22 November 2022

Responsible sourcing: The business case for protecting land and environmental defenders and indigenous communities' rights to land and resources

Global Witness
This reports presents a business case for companies, particularly those with agricultural, timber and mineral supply chains, to take action on protecting and promoting rights of land and environmental defenders (LEDs). It also provides practical steps businesses can take to protect and promote these defenders’ rights.
Research
18 November 2022

Net-zero challenge: The supply chain opportunity

World Economic Forum
Eight major value chains contribute to over half of the global carbon emissions, indicating that decarbonisation of the supply-chain will be essential in addressing corporate climate change impact. Abatement solutions are already available and affordable. This report addresses how to decarbonise the value chain based on industry.
Research
18 November 2022

Cutting carbon: What the rush to divest fossil fuels means for emissions reduction and engagement

Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
This report focuses on the decarbonisation of listed equity portfolios in Australia, outlining current investor initiatives and commitments to support decarbonisation and energy transition. The report discusses carbon exposure metrics, company engagement and divestment strategies, and investing in climate solutions.
Research
3 November 2022

New nature economy report II: The future of nature and business

World Economic Forum
This report provides an applicable agenda for businesses to contribute to the development of practical roadmaps that address the most important drivers of nature loss and build a nature-positive future. It is the second part of a three-part New Nature Economy Report series.
Research
14 September 2022

Biodiversity: Unlocking natural capital value for Australian investors

Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
Commissioned by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), this report has been produced to support the Australian investment community's understanding of how biodiversity loss presents a risk to their portfolios. It provides recommendations about actions that Australian investors can take in response to this risk, in preparation for the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).
Research
15 June 2022

Biodiversity insight 2021

Environmental Finance
Environmental Finance's Biodiversity Insight 2021 publication features articles and expert insight into numerous planned and active biodiversity-related initiatives occurring in the global financial sector. Each article discusses a public or private entity’s development, focus, strategy, and ambition of an initiative aiming for greater inclusion of biodiversity conservation in finance.
Research
15 June 2022

Curbing methane emissions: how five industries can counter a major climate threat

McKinsey Global Institute
This McKinsey Sustainability report discusses the climate impact of methane emissions in five key sectors: agriculture, oil and gas, coal mining, waste management, and wastewater. Existing barriers for abatement of methane emission and potential solutions and trade-offs for stakeholders to consider are presented.
Research
18 May 2022

Finance for biodiversity: Guide on biodiversity measurement approaches

Finance for Biodiversity Foundation
This guide features six measurement approaches for financial institutions to assess their financial and investment activities’ impacts on biodiversity. It aims to assist financial institutions in developing a suitable impact assessment strategy and provides a comprehensive overview of each measurement approaches’ qualities, strategies, and features.
Research
22 March 2022

An industry infected: Animal agriculture in a post-COVID world

Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR)
In light of COVID-19, this report explores the growing concerns that the animal protein industry is vulnerable to fostering diseases, supply-chain bottlenecks, and food safety issues. FAIRR promotes the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, a tool for investors to analyse how companies address animal welfare, and worker and food safety.
Research
18 March 2022

Investor toolkit: An investor focus on Indigenous Peoples' rights and cultural heritage protection

Responsible Investment Association Australasia
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.
Research
15 March 2022

Bankrolling extinction: The banking sector's role in the global biodiversity crisis

Portfolio Earth
This report explores the contribution of the banking sector to the biodiversity crisis and the destruction of nature as of 2019. The report ranks the 50 largest banks globally based on their financing of unethical operations, finding a large impact on deforestation, ecosystem destruction and overfishing.
Research
18 February 2022

Climate transparency report 2021: Comparing G20 climate action towards net zero

Climate Transparency
The Climate transparency report 2021 summarises the climate actions of G20 countries using the latest emissions data. It covers 100 indicators on decarbonisation, climate policies, finance, and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Providing country ratings, it identifies leaders and laggards in transition to a net zero-emission economy.
Research
29 January 2022

Handbook for nature-related financial risks: key concepts and a framework for identification

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has created this handbook and a framework for the identification of nature-related financial risks. It builds on the Dasgupta Review of the economics of biodiversity, enabling financial institutions to begin embedding nature into mainstream financial models, risk frameworks, and portfolio strategies.
Research
17 January 2022
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