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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.

M&G Investments | Impact Financing Fund Annual Impact Report 2018
Jul 16, 2019

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Read the Annual Impact Report to see how projects and companies financed by our Impact Financing strategy in 2018 are making a positive contribution across a range of environmental and social issues. Learn how these investments and impact themes align with the UN SDGs, and how investors’ capital can contribute to building a fairer and more sustainable economy

2 Degrees Investing Initiative | Impact Washing Gets a Free Ride
Jul 1, 2019

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An analysis of the draft EU Ecolabel criteria for financial products.

The Draft Ecolabel focuses exclusively on environmental themed funds, which represent about 0.1% of today’s market. Based on the Draft Criteria, the Ecolabel eligible investment universe is composed of about 200 listed companies with environment-related activities, representing 1% of the global universe. Thus, the Ecolabel’s strategy appears to be to inflate this micro-niche artificially to a 10-20% market share by promoting environmental themed funds to the 60-70% of retail clients interested in the environmental impact of their investment products.

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan | Climate Change Report 2018
Jul 1, 2019

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Climate change is one of the biggest and most daunting challenges facing the world.

These points will be discussed in greater detail in this document. Despite much positive work done already, we know this is a journey. It will take ongoing effort and resources dedicated to climate change, and a willingness and flexibility to evolve our approach over time.

GPIF | Study of ESG Information Disclosure
Jun 24, 2019

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As global environmental and social issues have become more complex and severe globally in recent years, it is imperative for the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) as a “universal owner” to increase the long-term portfolio value as well as to improve overall financial market sustainability through the minimization of the negative externalities of these problems.

Looking at the current state of ESG information disclosure by Japanese listed companies, they could be roughly divided into two categories; the one is a group of companies that actively engage in disclosure and the other is a group that have not made substantive progress.

Responsible Investor and UBS Asset Management | ESG: Do you or Don’t you?
Jun 19, 2019

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Are the world’s asset owners thinking about long-term sustainable finance?

UBS Asset Management are delighted to have partnered with Responsible Investor to create a unique new survey which investigates, in detail, the extent to which asset owners are integrating ESG into their investment processes.

Click here to check out the data and read the full report

Insight Investment | Putting Principles Into Practice 2019
Jun 4, 2019

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Responsible Investment Report produced by Insight Investment.

Responsible Investor | ESG - Do You or Don’t you? (RI Asia)
May 31, 2019

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Presentation of the exclusive results of the Asia portion of the RI/UBS pension fund survey by Banu Tuyakbayeva, Researcher, Responsible Investor.

BankTrack | Challenging banks on client confidentiality
May 14, 2019

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Some of the world’s biggest banks are routinely hiding behind client confidentiality to conceal investments in companies and projects that infringe human and environmental rights, the first study of its kind reveals today.

BankTrack, which campaigns to hold commercial banks accountable, publishes analysis of five years of correspondence with 31 major international banks regarding problematic projects they finance. It finds that in nearly half of all responses (70 of 150), banks said they could not comment on whether they had a relationship with a particular customer or project. Half of those responses cited client confidentiality as the reason.

IPBES (UN) | Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services
May 8, 2019

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Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.

“The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) | Pensions in a Changing Climate
May 7, 2019

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This report assesses the pensions sector’s response to the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and features anindex of the world’s 100 largest public pension funds rated on their approach to climate-related risks and opportunities