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      APG and NYC Talk Amazon Push Back

      2021-03-22 

      Top 1000 FundsTwo of the world’s most influential institutional investors are hitting a brick wall in their attempts to engage with Amazon’s board on workplace safety. Every time the Netherland’s APG and the office of New York City Comptroller, fiduciary to New York city’s five pension funds, try to engage with the board at the tech giant in which they own a combined $6.5 billion they get push back from management.

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      The Missing Link: EM Green Bonds

      2021-03-18 

      Top 1000 Funds: Sustainability bonds issued by sovereign governments in developing and emerging markets offer exciting investor opportunities. The proceeds are used for impact and allow investors to target real change in sectors like health and education. 

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      IFC, GIIN Launch Harmonized Measurement Indicators for Impact Investors

      2021-03-18 

      ESG Today: World Bank Group member the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), and a group of leading impact investors announced the launch of the Joint Impact Indicators (JII), a set of high-level, harmonized indicators aimed at helping impact investors to measure and report on their investment activities. 

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      Diversity: How to Move the Needle?

      2021-03-17 

      Top1000Funds: Targets, allocating to diverse managers and acting on calls for change from diverse staffers are just some of the ways asset owners are boosting diversity in their own organisations. Investors at the Kresge Foundation, AP2 and AIMCo talk about their diversity, equity and inclusion action. 

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      Infrastructure ESG Reporting Schemes Not Capturing Financial Risks, EDHEC Warns

      2021-03-05 

      IPE: Review of existing schemes comes ahead of next week’s introduction of EU sustainability regulations. 

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      Why Investors Are Putting Biodiversity on the Balance Sheet

      2021-03-04 

      GreenBizLast summer, the investment arm of northern Europe’s largest financial services group dropped Brazilian meat giant JBS from its portfolio. Nordea Asset Management, which manages roughly $280 billion, gave several reasons for the decision, including JBS’s links to farms involved in Amazon deforestation. 

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      Principles of a Climate-Impact Dashboard

      2021-03-04 

      Top1000FundsThe climate-impact dashboard is part of a 3-D investment framework that balances risk, return and impact. This includes total portfolio thinking, long-horizon investing, impact investment strategies, system-level engagement and strategic partnership between asset owners and asset managers. Here Tim Hodgson lays out eight guiding principles to help shape a climate-impact dashboard.

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      Nature Bonds May Be the Next Big Thing for Emerging Markets

      2021-02-25 

      BNN BloombergEmerging-market nations are looking at issuing the first nature-linked bonds as part of talks involving the World Bank and major sovereign creditors to make their debt more sustainable. 

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      Here's Why Companies Should Assess Double Materiality

      2021-02-24 

      GreenBizAfter years of debate over the definition of materiality, 2020 has brought a consensus that materiality is double — meaning that businesses should report on financially material topics that influence enterprise value as well as topics material to the economy, environment and people. 

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      China’s Uighur Forced Labour Presents Serious Challenges for Investors

      2021-02-11 

      Responsible InvestorGlobal investors are facing an unprecedented situation with Uighur forced labor present in hundreds of factories throughout China in numerous sectors. 

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