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Recommendations of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures

Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
This report aims to provide a unified approach to the disclosure of natural dependencies, impacts and risks for financial institutions and corporates. As the issue of natural loss and climate change continues to grow, a harmonised way of tackling these risks needs to be agreed to safeguard against material impacts.
Research
3 January 2024

Investors can assess nature now: A guide to assessing water and deforestation issues in investment portfolios

First Sentier Investors
First Sentier Investors presents a five-step approach for sector and company-level assessments of nature and biodiversity with a focus on freshwater and forests.
Research
15 November 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander best practice principles for clean energy projects

First Nations Clean Energy Network
Ten principles placing Australia's First Nations people and communities at the centre of clean energy projects. The Principles ensure that projects provide economic and social benefits, include cultural and environmental considerations, and provide employment opportunities. The Principles are for all stakeholders involved in clean energy projects, including investors and government.
Research
6 September 2023

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

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

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

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

Factory farming in Asia: Assessing investment risks

Asia Research and Engagement
Asia's meat, dairy, and seafood industries are increasingly vulnerable to risks with the potential to damage returns. This report analyses twelve Asia-Pacific markets identifying five areas of risk including food safety and nutrition, public health, environment, animal welfare and labour standards. Each area of risk includes key questions for investors.
Research
16 November 2021

Transition risks and market failure: a theoretical discourse on why financial models and economic agents may misprice risk related to the transition to a low-carbon economy

The paper has a theoretical focus and looks at the risks associated with transitioning to a low-carbon economy. It looks to highlight externalities that may not be factored into risk models. It concludes in favour of a case of policy intervention and more sophisticated modelling to counter potential market failures.
Research
22 August 2021

The emergence of foreseeable biodiversity-related liability risks for financial institutions: A gathering storm?

Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative
This report proposes a framework for financial institutions to consider biodiversity-related liability risks in their broader assessment of financial risks associated with biodiversity. Understanding the potential of liability risks will help financial institutions identify, price and mitigate the direct and indirect impacts of biodiversity-related risks.
Research
17 August 2021

Political leadership on climate change: The role of health in Obama era U.S. climate policies

Environmental Research Letters
To overcome climate action inertia that many governments are experiencing, the paper proposes that health can be used as a core motivator for climate action. This idea is explored through the case study of the Obama administration’s climate mitigation policies.
Research
7 August 2021

How markets price ESG: Have changes in ESG scores affected stock prices?

MSCI Inc.
This report takes a statistical look at the impact of historical ESG score shifts on stock prices valuation. It further determines financial performance implications for a broad spectrum of companies based on an ESG valuation curve.
Research
1 July 2021

Net zero investment framework: Implementation guide

Ceres
This report provides a practical framework for investors seeking to implement net zero commitments. It builds on the draft Net Zero Investment Framework published in 2020 by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, broadening to a global perspective.
Research
8 June 2021

Time out: Why China's power companies should re-evaluate their coal capex plans

Asia Research and Engagement
This report examines the trend of Chinese power companies’ increasing capital expenditure into coal power in China, and presents evidence of how it can be a financial risk for investors. It also provides recommendations for investors to engage with company management and apply greater scrutiny to company investments in coal fired power.
Research
22 March 2021

From poor working conditions to forced labour: what's hidden in your portfolio? A guide for investor engagement on labour practices in agricultural supply chains

Principles for Responsible Investment
This guide provides a comprehensive tool for engaging food and beverage companies on labour standards. It incorporates learnings from collaborative investor-company engagement focused on supply chain reporting and third-party resources. Outlining seven expectations for investors to focus on supported by relevant resources and case studies.
Research
21 March 2021
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