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ESG ratings: the case for reform

March 13, 2023

The current system of ESG ratings that funds rely on to comply with the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation is only leading to greenwashing.

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Can biodiversity markets deliver for both nature and investors?

February 15, 2023

While conservation urgently needs investment, creating nature-related financial markets holds its own challenges and cannot be seen as a panacea.

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Climate finance: what is reasonable to expect from MDBs?

January 16, 2023

As pressure mounts on multilateral lenders to finance the green transition, their approach to risk needs to adapt and governments in high-income countries need to play their part.

Bird's eye view of river dam surrounded by forest, with inset image of Robin Millington, CEO of Planet Tracker

We can’t reach net zero if we’re not nature positive

January 4, 2023

Biodiversity is as crucial to zero emissions as it is to climate change, and carries the same financial risk, but will COP15 send investors the right signals?

Tree in trolley

Do customers care about the state of their bank’s poor ‘green’ perceptions?

November 11, 2022

Green perceptions appear to have little importance to customers, but in B2B it is a very different story. With this in mind, banks should hone in on other key drivers of customer brand consideration.

Piggy banks

Why a tax cut for the elderly would help us all

November 9, 2022

UK citizens are living longer, but social and economic conditions mean they are not necessarily living better in older age.

Mixed notes

Blended finance: now is the time

October 13, 2022

Collaboration from all sections of the financial market must happen now if the world is to hit carbon targets and avert climate breakdown, says NZAOA chair Günther Thallinger.


Current approaches to taxonomies risk limiting their impact

September 26, 2022

Without a single global taxonomy, clarity will be crucial — along with information that is consistent, comprehensive, and comparable across geographies and regulatory requirements.


Consumption-based emissions: A rational pathway to net zero

August 16, 2022

Allocating responsibility for emissions to consumers, as well as producers, is a balanced and fairer approach to achieving a green transition.

Alex Edmans

Investors should be encouraged to tilt towards improving brown companies, not exclude them

July 22, 2022

Research makes the case for holding capital in brown companies that are transitioning to a more sustainable business model, despite regulatory incentives against doing so.

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