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M&G Investments | Investment insight - Impact investing across the capital structure
Oct 9, 2019

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Impact investment is becoming increasingly scalable and inclusive to a wider set of investors looking for investable solutions that can offer tangible, real world impact alongside attractive returns. There are now several ways in which investors can access impact opportunities, and this paper takes a close look at impact investing through private debt and listed equity markets, respectively.

  • Impact investment can help to tackle major global sustainability challenges and facilitate our low-carbon future
  • Investors recognise how impact investment can help them meet their investment objectives over the long term
  • Opportunities to achieve real-world impact and earn attractive returns now span various asset classes, asset types and impact themes

Global Witness | Enemies of the State: How governments and businesses silence land and environmental defenders
Oct 1, 2019

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More than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment.

Calls to protect the planet are growing louder – but around the world, those defending their land and our environment are being silenced. More than three such people were murdered on average every week in 2018, with attacks driven by destructive industries like mining, logging and agribusiness.

Sustainable Investing: Reimagining products for lasting benefit
Sep 30, 2019

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Every year, interest in sustainable investing continues to accelerate. Assets in sustainable investment-related products reached US$30.7 trillion at the start of 2018, up 34% from the beginning of 2016. Nearly 50% of assets in Europe while in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, more than half of all professionally managed assets were in at least one of the seven sustainable investing strategies.

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Sustainable Finance: Investing in a better future
Sep 30, 2019

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Our planet faces a number of major challenges, such as world hunger and financial inclusion. It can’t just be up to individuals and non-profits to help make change. Financial institutions have a role to play too. If we can convene and catalyze capital with companies and causes, it will help many of these issues get solved. This piece is the first in a three-part series on sustainable finance.

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Planet Tracker | Perfect Storm - Profits at Risk in the Japanese Seafood Industry
Sep 30, 2019

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Rebuilding sustainable stocks of wild-catch fish could transform Japan’s seafood industry, increase profits, preserve its reputation and reduce financial risk to investors, according to a report published by Planet Tracker.

CIPD | Building Inclusive Workplaces: Assessing the evidence
Sep 26, 2019

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In this research we assess the evidence on important questions relating to workplace inclusion, to better equip people professionals to truly deliver change and support their organisations to transform for the better. We hope this research supports practitioners to build their knowledge and expertise and enables them to deliver lasting change for their organisations and the many stakeholders they serve every day

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STOXX | ESG-X Indices
Sep 17, 2019

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Solutions above and beyond traditional market capitalization-weighted indices are becoming the de facto choice for benchmarks as asset owners continue to discharge their fiduciary role of investing responsibly against the backdrop of increasing investor awareness and an evolving legislative landscape for sustainability. Typically, implementing sustainability or ESG considerations during investment decision-making is likely to result in portfolios that deviate from standard market value-weighted benchmarks.

The unintended exposures – and hence risks – lead to divergent characteristics and performance, tracking errors and additional management costs. In our paper on the STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X Index, we concluded that the latter delivers a risk-return performance profile that does not differ significantly in statistical terms from the STOXX Europe 600 Index while also complying with typical exclusion-based sustainability approaches. In this paper, we extend the analysis to other flagship ESG-X benchmarks (including the STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X) that cover both regional and global indices that were launched in May of this year.

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Cornerstone Capital Group | No Place to Hide? Climate Change and Systemic Financial Risk
Sep 17, 2019

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This report focuses on the issues raised by climate change from the financial asset value perspective. While we are already seeing the impacts of climate change, we have not yet passed the point of no return from the more extreme scenarios of physical damage and value destruction highlighted in this analysis. There may be no place to hide, but there are plenty of ways to fight.

GPIF Japan | ESG Report 2018: For all generations
Sep 16, 2019

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Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) manages and invests Japan’s pension reserve fund, which is used to pay Employee Pension Insurance and National Pensions. Our goal is to contribute to the stability of the pension system by earning returns on our investments and distribute these to the government.

Novethic | Investing with a purpose: Analyzing European Asset Owners’ Contribution to the SDGs
Sep 16, 2019

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In the responsible investment world, the model has historically been developed around ESG dimensions (Environment, Social and Governance). In the context of the UN new emerging paradigm, it is thus interesting to study whether the SDGs have been integrated into investors’ strategies and in what way. This study therefore focuses on the 228 European Asset Owners that had signed the PRI – “the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment”1 – by December 2018. More specifically, these Asset Owners, were chosen out of the 1,090 European Asset Owners and Asset Managers, for two reasons.

To begin with, they are in a good position to orientate Asset Managers towards integrating broader objectives in their investment policy. Furthermore, they have a longer investment horizon, which is more naturally aligned with the SDGs’ timeframe.

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (WLRK) | It’s Time To Adopt The New Paradigm
Aug 9, 2019

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Capitalism is at an inflection point. For the past 50 years, corporate law and policy has been misguided by Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman’s ex-cathedra doctrinal announcement that the sole purpose of business is to maximize profits for shareholders. The prioritization of the wealth of shareholders at the expense of employee wages and retirement benefits, with a concomitant loss of the Horatio Alger dream, gave rise to the deepening inequality and populism that today threaten capitalism from both the left and the right.

Multiple Authors | Ensuring the relevance and reliability of non-financial corporate information
Aug 9, 2019

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An ambition and a competitive advantage for a sustainable Europe

There is currently real momentum surrounding corporate extra-financial information but this expresses itself as part of a proliferation of initiatives which lack both coordination and consistency.

This momentum is well established and is grounded in the combination of an expectation and the presence of three factors: a community of committed stakeholders, frameworks of standards representing promising progress and changing practices in companies and on the part of investors.

Making real progress based on the momentum already underway means that four aspects must be formulated: the goal, the methodology, the targeted system (in four pillars) and the operational organisation.

Government of Canada | Final Report of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance
Aug 9, 2019

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Mobilising Finance for Sustainable Growth

Generation Foundation | Internal Carbon Pricing for a Low-Carbon Future
Aug 9, 2019

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A briefing paper on linking climate-related opportunities and risks to financing decisions for investors and banks.

Produced by the Generation Foundation, Navigant, and CDP

CDP | The Money Trees: The role of corporate action in the fight against deforestation
Aug 6, 2019

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This report focuses on 306 high impact forests risk companies that reported via CDP’s disclosure platform in 2018. Companies disclosed to either investor shareholders or purchasingorganizations on one or more of four critical forest risk commodities: cattle, soy, palm oil or timber and derivative products.

Vigeo Eiris | Human Capital: a key asset not yet fully appreciated by the financial industry
Jul 24, 2019

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This paper aims to assess 792 financial companies rated by Vigeo Eiris on their ability to enhance opportunities and limit risks in relation to their human capital.

Human capital is defined by the OECD2 as “the knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes embodied in individuals that facilitate the creation of personal, social and economic well-being”.

UN Environment | Adaptation Gap report
Jul 19, 2019

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This is the fourth edition of the UN Environment Adaptation Gap Reports. Since 2014, these reports have focused on exploring adaptation gaps, characterized as the difference between the actual level of adaptation and the level required to achieve a societal goal. The adoption of the Paris Agreement established a global goal on adaptation of “enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal”. As the Paris Agreement is now being implemented, important decisions are about to be made on how to report on, and take stock of, progress towards this global goal. The Adaptation Gap Reports focus on providing policy-relevant information to support such efforts.

Transition Pathway Initiative | TPI State of Transition Report 2019
Jul 18, 2019

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Following last year’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned we have only 12 years left to avoid catastrophic climate change, a climate emergency has been declared by more than 600 jurisdictions in 13 countries.1 Social, political and shareholder pressure is mounting for the corporate sector to align its activities with the Paris Agreement’s ambitions to make greenhouse gas emissions ‘net-zero’ – that is, balancing emissions with removal – by 2050.

M&G Investments | Real Estate Responsible Property Investment Report 2018
Jul 16, 2019

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Our latest report outlines our responsible approach to business thinking and how we continue to drive progress towards our 2025 RPI targets, as part of M&G Real Estate’s vision for a cleaner, greener and better world.

European Commission | Guidelines on reporting climate-related information
Jul 16, 2019

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This report has been prepared in order to assist companies concerned to disclose non-financial information in a relevant, useful, consistent and more comparable manner.