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Sustainable Finance


Recent progress on climate risk has underlined the opportunity for policymakers and industry to build strategic policy roadmap for sustainable finance in Australia. The special and urgent case for action on climate-related risks is part of a broader challenge: driving better corporate and financial sector support for long-term sustainability across the board. To help meet this challenge, our Climate Horizons research called for government to appoint a Sustainable Finance Taskforce to align Australia’s efforts with major sustainable finance reviews and reforms currently underway around the world. In 2019, CPD continues to work with private sector, public sector and civil society stakeholders as this agenda takes shape, including by ensuring that policymakers and regulators are fully engaged with new opportunities in this area.

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Updated Hutley opinion on directors’ duties and climate risk

Luisa Boll - March 2019

Full supplementary memorandum of opinion here Today CPD has released an update of a landmark 2016 legal opinion on how Australian law requires company directors to consider, disclose and respond to...

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Heavyweights now speaking with one voice on climate change risks | Op-ed Sam Hurley | March 2019

Luisa Boll - March 2019

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 24 March 2019 Climate change is reshaping Australia’s economy and financial system, and its consequences will be devastating without urgent action. If that message had...

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Time for an Australian sustainable finance taskforce

Travers McLeod - July 2018

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 22 July 2018. ASIC commissioner John Price.Photo: Jeremy Piper ASIC commissioner John Price left a Sydney audience in no room for doubt last month when...

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Climate Horizons | REPORT AND PUBLIC EVENT | June 2018

communications - June 2018

Full audio of ASIC Commissioner John Price’s address and the panel discussion at our public forum is here:   CPD has released its latest report on how Australian companies, investors...

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CPD submission to Senate inquiry on UN Sustainable Development Goals

communications - April 2018

In April 2018, CPD made a submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our submission highlighted the role...

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When CPD set out on this work in early 2016, we began with the premise that performance and leadership on sustainability-related risks in the Australian corporate sector were lagging –

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CPD’s recent work on climate change has focused on the implications of a changing climate for Australia’s national security. Our agenda-setting report The Longest Conflict (2015)

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In 2016 we released a discussion paper by CPD Research Associate Alexander Marks on the future of Australia’s electricity system.

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We are currently undertaking new research to map Commonwealth and Victorian grants and programs that promote sustainable agriculture and food systems and biodiversity enhancement on private land.

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