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Aug

8

August 8, 2014

Financial Services: Talking Climate Change in Hong Kong

Talking Climate Change in Hong Kong

At a recent event in our Hong Kong office, leaders from AECOM, HP, and HSBC discussed how climate change will affect the more than 260 islands and 450 miles of coastline in Hong Kong, and what business should be doing to address these impacts.

#Climate Change #Financial Services #Supply Chain

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Jul

17

July 17, 2014

Financial Services: How Banks Speak about Restoring Public Trust

How Banks Speak about Restoring Public Trust

As financial services companies seek to restore public trust, many are communicating about how they are changing their practices through corporate and sustainability reporting.

#Financial Services #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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Jul

9

July 9, 2014

Financial Services: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Private Equity’s Sustainability Progress

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Private Equity’s Sustainability Progress

Although some private equity firms have made initial steps in publicly disclosing their sustainability impacts, they need to go further in how—and to whom—they disclose.

#Financial Services #Reporting and Communications #Stakeholder Engagement #Sustainability Management

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Jun

16

June 16, 2014

Financial Services: Social Impact Investing to Address Inequality in Asia

Social Impact Investing to Address Inequality in Asia

The recent Asian Venture Philanthropy Network conference in Singapore highlighted opportunities for social entrepreneurship to address inequality.

#Financial Services #Inclusive Economy

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Dec

19

December 19, 2013

Closing the Gap in Access to Financial Services for Low-Income Workers

BSR's HERfinance and others have found that a significant number of low-income salaried workers do not have access to the formal financial products and services they need. Although microfinance institutions can provide locally informed solutions, major financial institutions have the opportunity to promote inclusive development and reach a vast, untapped market.

#Financial Services #HERproject #Supply Chain #Womens Empowerment

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Dec

5

December 5, 2013

Can the WTO Succeed in Creating an Inclusive Trade Regime?

The WTO talks in Bali hinge on a deal that puts developing countries' needs at the center of the global trade regime. How can this deal help forge a more inclusive economy?

#Ethics and Governance #Financial Services #Sustainability Management

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Aug

8

August 8, 2013

Three Steps Toward Green Finance in China

The Chinese government has issued guidelines on how banks can implement green credit policies, but significant challenges remain to encourage banks' investment in environmentally and socially responsible projects and companies.

#Environment #Financial Services

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Jul

8

July 8, 2013

Equator Principles III: What Do Financial Services Companies Need to Know?

With the launch of the third version of the Equator Principles last month, the scope and scale of how banks manage environmental and social risks in financial activities has significantly increased. We share three points that particularly demonstrate the strength of the revised principles.

#Climate Change #Financial Services #Human Rights

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Jun

19

June 19, 2013

Notes from the Field: Lessons from HERfinance’s First Training

BSR's HERfinance—a financial literacy and inclusion program launched in late 2012—held its first-ever training for peer educators at a factory in India. Our consultant was on-site and reported back on what she learned from the session.

#Financial Services #Grants #HERproject #Womens Empowerment

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Jun

18

June 18, 2013

Take That, Cynics! As Companies Detail PRISM Involvement, Transparency Proves Its Value

For years, some major tech companies have published voluntary law enforcement reports, which have been criticized for methodological shortcomings. Following revelations of the PRISM program, however, these reports have played a critical role in shaping and informing the debate on government surveillance in the digital age.

#Financial Services #Information and Communications Technology #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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