ESG Institutions

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There are currently 27 relevant ESG institutions in this directory
ACGA - Asian Corporate Governance Association
An independent, non-profit membership organization dedicated to working with investors, companies and regulators in the implementation of effective corporate governance practices throughout Asia. [Source: Schroders]

Nonprofit organization that leads a national coalition of investors, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as climate change and water scarcity. [Source: First Affirmative Financial Network]

Council of Institutional Investors
An organization of asset managers and asset owners promoting effective US corporate governance practice. [Source: Schroders]

Development Finance Institution
DFIs occupy the space between public aid and private investment. They are financial institutions, which provide finance to the private sector for investments that promote development. They focus on developing countries and regions where access to private sector funding is limited. They are usually owned or backed by the governments of one or more developed countries. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

Eurosif is the European association whose mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets. It works as a partnership of several Europe-based national Sustainable Investment Forums (SIFs).  Eurosif engages in a range of promotional activities such as public events or discussion fora, both with the industry and policy- makers. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

Engagement Clearinghouse
Platform offered by the Principles for Responsible Investments (PRI) for institutional investors and asset managers to collaborate on engagement activities with investee companies. An investor posts planned engagement activities and seeks other investors to co-sign letters or actively contribute to engagement activities. Accessible for PRI signatories only. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

Engagement Overlay Service
A third-party service that engages investee companies on ESG issues on behalf of shareholder clients. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

Financial Centres For Sustainability
The Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) Network is a partnership between financial centres and the United Nations Environment Programme, with the objective to exchange experience and take common action on shared priorities to accelerate the expansion of green and sustainable finance. The long-term vision of the FC4S Network is rapid global growth of green and sustainable finance across the world’s financial centres, supported by strengthened international connectivity, and a framework for common approaches. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

GIIN - Global Impact Investing Network
The GIIN is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing which are investments made to generate a social & environmental impact alongside a financial return. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

GSIA - Global Sustainable Investment Alliance
A Global network of membership-based sustainable investment organisations. GSIA’s purpose is to extend the impact and visibility of sustainable investment organisations on a global level. GSIA was founded by Eurosif together with other regional and national SIFs. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

IEHN - Investor Environmental Health Network
This network of investment managers, advised by nongovernmental organizations, encourages companies to adopt policies to reduce and eliminate toxic chemicals in their products. [Source: First Affirmative Financial Network]

IIGCC - Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change
A forum for collaboration on climate change for investors. IIGCC provides investors with a collaborative platform to encourage public policies, investment practices, and corporate behaviour that address long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

IIRC - International Integrated Reporting Council
An international cross section of leaders from the corporate, investment, accounting, securities, regulatory, academic and standard-setting sectors and civil society. Promotes communication about value creation as the next step in the evolution of corporate reporting. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

ILO - International Labour Organization
A United Nations agency that sets international labour standards and promotes social protection and work opportunities for all. ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States to set labour standards, develop policies, and devise programs promoting decent work for all women and men. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)
An investor-led organization of governance professionals, ICGN’s mission is to inspire and promote effective standards of corporate governance to advance efficient markets and economies worldwide. [Source: Schroders]

Investor Network on Climate Risk
Launched by Ceres, this network includes institutional investors, religious and labor funds, asset managers and socially responsible investment funds. Members actively engage with companies in their portfolios on climate and sustainability issues and advocate for strong climate and energy policies. [Source: First Affirmative Financial Network]

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC was established jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988. The purpose of the IPCC is to assess information related to all significant components of the issue of climate change by drawing upon hundreds of the world’s expert scientists as authors and thousands more as expert reviewers. IPCC releases periodic assessments of the scientific underpinnings for understanding global climate change and its consequences. The IPCC is looked to as the official advisory body to the world’s governments on the state of the science on climate change. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

Minder Initiative
Swiss referendum launched by a politician named Minder with the aim to reduce wage levels at Swiss companies. The adoption of the 'Minder Initiative' in March 2013 resulted in an Implementing Ordinance (VegüV), temporarily defining the implementation of this new article of the Swiss Constitution. The main principles are: annual mandatory votes for pension funds on board remuneration of Swiss companies and transparent reporting on votes, no severance payments for governing officers, regulation in articles of association of credits and pensions payable to governing officers, and custodial sentence for persons violating these principles. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

Natural Capital Finance Alliance
The Alliance and its Secretariat was originally formed to support the signatories of the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD), which was launched at the Rio+20 conference in 2012. The declaration has been signed by the CEOs of more than 40 financial institutions from around the world. It formalises their commitment to the integration of natural capital considerations into financial sector reporting. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

An organization that is dedicated to accelerating a new global market at the intersection of money and meaning. SOCAP seeks to create a platform where social impact leaders can connect and present their ideas to a global audience [Source: First Affirmative Financial Network]

SASB - Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) is a voluntary sustainability reporting framework for U.S. publicly listed companies with a unique sector-based materiality approach. It is an investor-driven and business focused framework. SASB encourages integrated disclosure in a company's financial filings. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

SIF - Sustainable Investment Forum
A sustainable investment forum is an association promoting sustainable investments and finance in a national or multinational financial market. There are many SIFs in Europe, most of which are partners and founders of Eurosif. Eurosif together with other regional and national SIFs has founded the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) to align activities and gain a market overview on sustainable investments globally. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

Sustainability Research Provider / Sustainability Rating Provider
Organisation providing research and/or ratings on the sustainability performance of companies, issuers, countries or sectors. Most investors and asset managers use such third-party information when preparing sustainable investment products. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

The Swiss Association for Responsible Investments (SVVK - ASIR) is an association of large pension funds aiming to provide services to its members that enable them to invest responsibly. This entails the inclusion of ESG criteria in their investment decisions, where the association supports its members through norms-based and product- based portfolio screening and engagement. The normative standards applied are the Swiss constitution and Swiss law, ILO conventions and the Global Compact. The association was founded in December 2015. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

TCFD - Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
TCFD is a powerful organization tasked by the global Financial Stability Board with bringing uniformity to climate-related corporate risk disclosure. It released a voluntary reporting framework for companies in G20 countries in financial and four non-financial industry groups. The four other industry groups are energy, transportation, materials and buildings, and agriculture (both food and forest products.) Investors, lenders and underwriters are the primary audience. TCFD emphasizes the use of climate risk scenario analysis to assess the resiliency of business strategies. TCFD prefers integrated disclosure in financial filings but leaves the option to companies as to where to disclose. The other frameworks, including GRI, SASB, CDP, and CDSB aligned their reporting frameworks to the TCFD recommendations. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

Thun Group of Banks
The "Thun Group of Banks" is an informal group of bank representatives that have been discussing the meaning of the "Guiding Principles for the implementation of the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework on Business and Human Rights" ("Guiding Principles") in regards to universal banks and how they could be applied in relation to banking activities. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

UNEP FI - United Nations Environment Program; Finance Initiative
UNEP FI is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector founded in 1992. UNEP FI’s mission is to bring about systemic change in finance to support a sustainable world, and is highlighted in its motto, “Changing finance, financing change”. Member organisations, representing banking, insurance and investment, recognize sustainability as part of a collective responsibility and support approaches to anticipate and prevent potential negative impacts of the financial industry on the environment and society. UNEP FI develops selective collaborations with other partner organisations, in order to increase awareness and raise support for critical activities. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]


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