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An essay outlining principles for a multilateralism that respects the needs of the developing world and is fit to face global challenges and climate catastrophe.
A report on best practices in environmental disclosure policies, based on an examination of 101 policies across developed and developing economies. The report, developed in consultation with the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (UN SSE), highlights opportunities for high-quality regulatory reform.
A report exploring what a verification framework for impact reporting should look like and how it can work in practice, developed in partnership with Impact Frontiers (a peer learning and market-building collaboration for asset managers and asset owners), including a pilot project to test the verification methodology.
A brief for businesses addressing the roles of finance in advancing a just transition. It draws from recent developments to illustrate what is possible, while calling on key financial actors to develop and realize this potential.
The landing page for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created by the Inflation Reduction Act. This first-of-its-kind program will provide competitive grants to mobilize financing and leverage private capital for clean energy and climate projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions – with an emphasis on projects that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities.
A conversation with Sharan Burrow on how we can simultaneously address the climate crisis and the social crisis, marked by record levels of inequality and distrust.
An article about how collaboration between labor, environmental, and racial justice advocates can speed decarbonization of vehicle manufacturing.
An article on the role of the Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment Program, a component of the Inflation Reduction Act, for reinvesting in energy communities while reducing carbon emissions.
A brief for businesses laying out a vision for a transition to net-zero emissions and climate resilience which is orderly, inclusive, and just, creates decent work opportunities, and leaves no one behind. It includes priority actions for businesses, guidance for operationalization, and a resource guide.
An introduction to a new searchable website compiling publicly available data from 17 global development banks, aiming to bring transparency and accountability to the financing behind major development projects.
An article on Special Drawing Rights and elasticity in the international monetary system, including a discussion of the potential of the new SDR allocation to help EMEs and LDCs.
Resources for investors relating to corporate political engagement, including a report on the importance for investors of, and principles for promoting, portfolio companies’ responsible political engagement; a report on trends, challenges, and the role of investors; and a database of corporate political engagement regulations and instruments.
A human rights due diligence guide for investors in cybersecurity and surveillance technology companies, to protect their investments, fulfill their responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), and ensure emerging technologies are used to support human rights and democratic freedoms around the world.
A statement from institutional investors representing nearly $4.3 trillion USD in assets under management which calls on companies, investors, and policymakers to ensure a just transition to net-zero that supports a racially and economically equitable, decarbonized economy by prioritizing “high-road” jobs, respect for human rights, positive community impacts, and the remediation of harms.
A guide on human rights indicators to support the systematization of human rights measurement, particularly for policy formulation and evaluation.
A snapshot of the state of sustainable agricultural production in the US. Based on a survey of US farmers, the report is designed to unpack the barriers but also the pathways to regenerative change that farmers face, using a sociocultural economic lens.
A call on companies, investors, and policymakers to ensure a just transition that supports a racially and economically equitable, decarbonized economy by prioritizing “high-road” jobs, respect for human rights, positive community impacts, and the remediation of harms.
An essay clarifying the distinction between sustainability, which pertains to impacts vis-à-vis ecological ceiling and social foundation thresholds, and ESG, which centers enterprise risk and value.
A report from the Impact Taskforce’s Technical Workstream B on mobilising capital for the SDGs and a just transition, focusing on investment vehicles and structures.
A web-based hazard mapping and resilience assessment framework for the building sector, designed to facilitate access to location-specific hazard information, provide resilience measures to mitigate applicable risks, and improve transparency for disclosing a building’s resilience information between sector stakeholders.
A white paper considering how banks are addressing and can support a just transition through their climate-related financing activities, and the challenges and opportunities this presents.
US and non-US climate change litigation databases, with newly launched Peer Review Network, maintained by Columbia University Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.
Analysis of public policies and programs to promote fairness for workers and communities in the low-carbon transition, including a synthesizing report with lessons from over 100 US federal policies and programs.
A detailed user guide for financial institutions looking to understand climate stress testing and develop plans for effectively executing them.
An analysis of the climate change mitigation potential of a range of demand-side solutions, and their links to wellbeing, finding evidence for high mitigation potential among solutions that are synergistic with wellbeing.
An asset-owner led platform to improve standardization and efficiency in sustainable development investments (investments contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals).
An article which reframes environmental law and policy on an intellectual foundation of environmental rights rather than economic efficiency.
This interactive map visualizes the change between each government’s revised pledge (for COP26) and its previous commitment, based on estimated further reductions in 2030 greenhouse gas emissions.
A framework for a just energy transition developed in a multistakeholder process, providing concrete guidance relevant for governments, companies, and civic organizations.
This briefing brings together key insights related to the needs of and potential for urban transport systems, highlighting the local jobs potential. It also includes new polling demonstrating the level of public support for this investment.
These twelve recommendations are intended to guide policymakers in the incorporation of social and economic considerations in the low-carbon energy transition, and are arranged into four categories: decent jobs and worker protection; social and economic development; equity, social inclusion, and fairness; and people as active participants.
This report review current efforts of FSOC members to incorporate climate-related financial risk into their regulatory and supervisory activities, enhance climate-related disclosures, and assess climate-related risks to US financial stability. It also includes recommendations relating to building capacity to address climate-related risks, filling climate-related data and methodological gaps, enhancing public climate-related disclosures, and assessing and mitigating climate-related risks.
This report sets out what the delivery of a just transition in the UK will require, highlights initial efforts by leading financial institutions towards achieving a just transition, and points to what is needed to achieve system-wide change. While the Alliance and this report focus on the UK, the report also draws out implications and possible applications for the international context.
A comprehensive, government-wide strategy to measure, disclose, manage and mitigate the systemic risks climate change poses to American families, businesses, and the economy.
A summary of the Net-Zero Company Benchmark from Climate Action 100+, which provides guidance about investor expectations of focus companies in relation to the three high-level initiative goals and evaluates company ambition and action in tackling climate change, including as it relates to a just transition.
This report analyzes the risks to financial stability created by biodiversity loss, and the potential role for financial regulators.
A framework for standardized ESG metrics for private equity, covering Scopes 1 and 2 GHG emissions, renewable energy, board diversity, work-related injuries, net new hires, and employee engagement.
By unpacking the interconnections between the WMO climate indicators and the SDGs through clear visual maps, this report aims to contribute to the sustainable development agenda and to inspire leaders to take bolder climate action. The report also unpacks the latest data and scientific research on the state of the global climate to highlight how our climate is already changing and how the changes will impede the achievement of the SDGs.
This article explores the challenges of incorporating climate risks and their unique features in the existing prudential framework of the ECB.
A collaboration among investment consulting firms to engage with its collective stakeholders, and empower asset owners and their ultimate beneficiaries, to advance sustainable investment practices across the investment industry.
This brief outlines proposals for federal policymakers to leverage private capital for scaling employee ownership in the U.S., addressing inequality, supporting COVID-19 recovery, and building a more resilient, equitable economy.
An analysis summarizing the importance of assurance in corporate non-financial (ESG) reporting, and general guidance for these ESG audits.
These reports provide a tour of the assumptions and approaches behind existing methods for understanding and comparing climate performance of investment funds, and introduces a simple and transparent disclosure method that enables investment managers to report the alignment of their portfolios with the Paris ambition.
Analysis which aims to provide a theoretical foundation for explicitly incorporating climate risks in the capital framework for banks.
A summary assessment of net-zero lending and investing perspectives, which were gathered in a pair of workshops with representatives from a number of financial institutions in the US.
A study of innovative, effective policies and programs from abroad which could inform state and local recovery policies in the US.
Research which examines the US EDA’s funding allocations and grantmaking programs, the agency’s history and goals, the attributes of communities receiving EDA investments, and the extent to which EDA investments spur local economic growth.
This paper examines the interaction of state-based regulatory approaches to addressing environmental challenges with market-based activity such as green finance.
A report measuring global recovery plans, and effects on emissions, against the clean energy investment targets in the 2020 Sustainable Recovery Plan, co-developed by the International Energy Agency and the International Monetary Fund as a plan to set global emissions on a Paris-compliant trajectory.
A think tank that provides data and analysis on how business and finance are affecting the climate crisis. This includes both a database of business and trade association lobbying of climate policy around the globe, as well as metrics and analysis on asset managers’ effects, through both portfolio allocation and stewardship/active ownership.
A meta-analysis of responses to the SEC’s request for information on climate and other ESG disclosures, including those from asset managers, corporations, nonprofits, government officials, and individuals.
The Greenness of Stimulus Index (GSI) represents an analysis of the biodiversity and climate impacts aspects of governments’ economic rescue and recovery packages.
A thematically organized repository of scientific information relevant to climate litigation and policy-making.
Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure: a tool to help users understand and visualize dependencies and impacts on nature, and how these might represent business risks.
A tool to holistically identify and assess impacts of real estate investments and portfolios, based on internationally recognized standards and work from the UNEP FI Positive Impact Initiative.
A report analyzing fossil fuel financing from the world’s 60 largest commercial investment banks and assessing the current wave of bank committments to reduce their financial emissions to “net-zero by 2050.”
Organization working locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm, and trade systems.
A global research network exploring alternatives to privatization and commercialization of service provision in electricity, health, water, and sanitation. Covers both critiques of privatization and analysis of successful public service delivery models.
A proposed set of policy reforms to redefine fiduciary duties to require consideration of beneficiaries’ individual and common interests, including a requirement for net-zero portfolios by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement.
A framework to guide companies in identifying and pursuing the shared opportunity to proactively promote human rights, moving beyond an exclusive focus on human rights risks (avoiding harm).
A review of the SEC’s history and mission, and its scope of authority for requiring issuer disclosures. This authority is centered on but not confined to financially material information, even as the scope of material information is contextual, evolving, and expanding.
A research case for beginning from system-level sustainability objectives when designing investment strategies, and translating this to individual investments, rather than a bottom-up approach which can fail to account for system-level effects.
Behavioral scientists focused on social impact in the development of policies, programs, products, and services. Assist practitioners in building capacity, applying innovative approaches, and measuring impact.
A case for a common tariff among the US, EU, and others on carbon-intensive steel imports as a tool for expanding potential scope for domestic climate policy.
A white paper that is intended to serve as a resource for policymakers and businesses interested in economic and social progress. The paper covers fiscal and monetary policy, jobs and wages, education and skills, equity and social justice, new markets and frontier risks.
A guide for operationalizing climate-neutrality in central banking, covering strategy, financial regulation, monetary policy, portfolio management, just transition, and more.
A list of UN PRI’s 2021 policy priorities in the US, including across financial regulation, executive offices and authorities, and multilateral efforts.
A database and interactive tool for comparison of capital investment flows between 2005 and 2019 across geographies (cities, states, and counties), and from a range of sources including private, federal, and mission.
President Biden’s comprehensive executive order to support disclosures of climate-related financial risks, and initiate an investment strategy with both public and private resources to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The order touches on financial regulators, pension funds, federal procurement, and more.
Analysis of the causes behind the mispricing of climate risks, the mechanisms by which this mispricing hinders mitigation and adaptation, and the government interventions, including mandatory climate disclosures, which are necessary for managing climate risks.
An interview with a co-founder of Impact Experience on connecting impact investors, foundations, artists, and local leaders to facilitate a dialogue around social issues.
An article covering New York’s decarbonization spending two years after setting nation-leading emissions targets.
Analysis and modeling which show that authorizing funding for key technologies under the Energy Act of 2020 would create significant societal benefits from 2040-2060.
Analysis of climate-related financial policies in relation to political (elected) and delegated (not-elected, e.g., central banks) authorities.
An opinion from Francis Fukuyama on the implications of including non-economic objectives, which add a further layer of rules and checkoffs, in the infrastructure bill.
An article discussing the importance of community asset maps and how the process of asset mapping can contribute to the (re)creation of community connections.
A guide to help institutional investors understand and align with the sustainability preferences of their beneficiaries, along with a survey template.
A structural analysis of institutional investment management’s contribution to economic precarity and inequality, as well as to market instability and lower financial returns.
Biden’s agenda for job creation through investment in infrastructure, manufacturing, and affordable housing. Digital, water, electric, and electric vehicle infrastructure are all targeted, and it includes a vision for the Clean Energy Accelerator.
A brief outlining an approach that would potentially maximize the long-term national benefits of infrastructure investment.
An article describing the 17 Rooms method that aims to advance problem-solving across all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A list of priorities for policymakers in countering growing market concentration and its negative effects on economic recovery.
A guide which introduces the topic of stewardship, also known as active ownership, explaining its importance and relevance in the context of responsible investment, in particular with respect to the PRI’s Principle 2.
An article describing the state of sustainability-focused financial regulations around the world and their potential advancement the United States.
A framework for building a more Inclusive Capitalism that ensures the promise of economic security and prosperity is available to all, focusing on three pillars: creating more opportunities for the workforce, expanding the workforce, and enabling fair gainsharing for workers.
An investigation of the real effects of mandatory climate-related disclosure by financial institutions on the funding of carbon-intensive industries.
A policy platform centered on community investing and stakeholder capitalism aimed at empowering impact investors to confront social and environmental challenges.
Best practices to ensure just transition, one that delivers local benefits, addresses negative impacts and expands support for clean energy policies and projects, starting with local communities.
The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index provides a comprehensive view of affordability that includes both the cost of housing and the cost of transportation at the neighborhood level.
An analysis of the shortcomings of the ‘environmental policy’ paradigm in the Anthropocene, with a discussion of the novel forms of scientific collaboration and institutional arrangements required in 21st century governance.
An address from former Chief Justice Leo Strine on the contributions institutional investors and corporations can make to racial equality.
An implementation guide for impact investing practitioners, covering a review of the market, goals, tools, measurement and management, and best practices.
A framework for Community Wealth Building in a new financial ecosystem which includes Social Wealth Funds, National Investment Banks, and Inclusive Ownership Funds.
An ‘origin story’ of the Federal Reserve, which also draws insights regarding the modern-day institution’s political economy, governance, and potential as a policy instrument.
An analysis of the likely energy saved and carbon emissions avoided from several proposed energy efficiency investments. The report uses DEEPER input-output economic modeling to estimate the net added jobs from both the investment and the energy savings.
A vision for creating a more fair and sustainable economic system in the US, anchored in a plan to reform corporate governance, especially in relation to workers.
A community-led volunteer project that aims to connect impact investors, angels, and impact funds with curated social impact startups and social enterprises that are looking to further their impact.
Seeking to inform policy and business actions in response
to changes in employment and skills demand, this report
describes the labour market impacts of the transition
to a climate neutral Europe in the context of four key
megatrends: technological change, globalisation, demographic change, and resource scarcity.
A description of how a siloed ESG approach, in which analysis of societal impact is divorced from analysis of competitive strategy and growth, misses important sources of competitive advantage.
A community-led volunteer project, an impact investor newsletter, and a grassroots, decentralized network that helps to connect thousands of startups with social impact, with thousands of impact investors and angels, globally.
Guiding Principles to guide stakeholders of all kinds in Opportunity Zone activities, alongside a flexible Reporting Framework to support impact measurement and management.
Analysis of interviews with 70 executives in 43 global institutional investing firms, which demonstrates that ESG is a priority for those leaders.
A multi-stakeholder effort to improve investment structures so that workers and communities gain more from economic growth, ESG integration is incentivized, and systemic risks like climate change and income equality are addressed.
An article that examines and proposes market rationale for involvement of public, private, and nonprofit facilitators in the growing field of impact investment.
A bird’s-eye view of the impact investing market, covering key challenges and opportunities, and topics such as regulation, transparency, and measurement.
A report covering the shift of the American political landscape as well as the ways to rebalance public power and democratize the economy.
A guide to the policy tools state and local governments can use to steer impact capital toward public interest objectives, including in affordable housing, social enterprise, and environmental interventions.
A guide for investor action on climate change and the just transition
An examination of National Advisory Boards (NABs) as multi-sector platforms to promote the practice and efficacy of impact investing within national and regional contexts.
This note provides general guidance on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Data (HRBAD), with a focus on issues of data collection and disaggregation.
Beginning with an overview of the just transition, energy transformation, and climate justice discourses, this study designs a framework to assess the role of justice concerns in the energy transformation, and applies this framework to twelve countries of the Global South.
A guide to institutional design, with case studies, for public development banks, covering mandate and role, operational strategy, financial sustainability, and good governance.
An analysis of the risks that economic inequality poses to investment portfolios, and four potential actions investors can take with respect to economic inequality.
A report, designed for impact investment practitioners, identifying and drawing lessons from twelve high-performing funds.
An analysis of how development finance institutions can play a key role in development, especially as a link between commercial, impact, and philanthropic capital.
The argument for transparency in political spending which underlies the petition made by the Committee on Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending to the SEC.
A report examining the role of the public policy in unlocking institutional investment for impact.
Guidelines for implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” framework with respect to human rights and the duties of governments and corporations.
A framework for analysis and design of public policies aiming to steer private investment.
A historical overview of the concept of sustainable development, from its history as a counter to notions of progress, to its shift in the 20th century to the center of development discourses.
This report examines three aspects of the inequalities-environment nexus: physical costs and risks, transition costs and risks, and policy options.
Guiding democratic principles for organizing among diverse stakeholders, created during a 1996 working group meeting on globalization and trade.
Seventeen principles of environmental justice drafted and adopted by the first national People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991 in DC
A milestone document in the history of human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represents a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations, setting out fundamental human rights to be universally protected.