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4 Types of Transition Risk – Water and ESG Reporting

4 Types of Transition Risk – Water and ESG Reporting

Much of the conversation around climate change focuses on environmental impacts, such as rising temperatures and extreme weather events. A big part of climate risk, however, involves transition risk – or the risk that results from changing policies, practices, and...

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ESG Data Collection for Agricultural Finance with GIS

ESG Data Collection for Agricultural Finance with GIS

ESG reporting is quickly becoming an expectation and will soon be a legal requirement in many sectors, including agricultural finance.    As these reporting needs become more complex, financial institutions and other ag professionals with a comprehensive approach...

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Protecting Against Stranded Assets Due To Water Risk

Protecting Against Stranded Assets Due To Water Risk

The Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford describes stranded assets as those that have “suffered from unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluations or conversion to liabilities,” usually due to external forces such as environmental issues,...

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Social Capital and Its Role in ESG Risk Mitigation

Social Capital and Its Role in ESG Risk Mitigation

Social capital can be one of the most difficult ESG metrics to measure. According to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, the “S” in ESG covers a range of different factors, including “human rights; labour issues; workplace health & safety; and...

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Financial Capital and Its Role in ESG Risk Mitigation

Financial Capital and Its Role in ESG Risk Mitigation

For the past several centuries, financial capital has been the dominant form of capital in modern societies. It’s what individuals use to make an investment or purchase a home, and it’s how businesses develop a capital structure to generate revenue and maximize...

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Why Companies’ ESG Data Will Be in High Demand

Why Companies’ ESG Data Will Be in High Demand

The coming necessity of ESG reporting compliance (environmental, social, and governance) is expanding in many parts of the economy. The change is driven by increased shareholder interest, as well as government policies that are intended to mitigate the risks of...

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Natural Capital and Its Role in ESG Risk Mitigation

Natural Capital and Its Role in ESG Risk Mitigation

Natural capital refers to the natural resources that a company utilizes or owns – from renewable resources like water or trees to non-renewable resources like fossil fuels and minerals.  The link between the wellbeing of natural capital and the wellbeing of financial...

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The Benefits of GIS in Banking

The Benefits of GIS in Banking

Geographic information system (GIS) technology is already being used in the banking industry and other risk-focused industries in a wide variety of ways. The World Financial Review shows how a business analyst at a local or regional bank can “open a map… and choose...

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Water Risk Assessment and GIS Go Hand in Hand

Water Risk Assessment and GIS Go Hand in Hand

Climate risk is one of the primary concerns that the Federal Reserve cited in its annual financial stability report – an issue that is especially important for agricultural lenders.    A recent climate stress test by Rabobank found that “water stress is likely to...

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Why Water GIS Matters to Ag Professionals and Lenders

Why Water GIS Matters to Ag Professionals and Lenders

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is used to understand multiple complex layers of data, compiled in a map-based format, usually based on satellite or drone data and other geospatial information. This technology is beginning to trend in the agricultural...

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Groundwater Recharge – Its Importance and Scalability

Groundwater Recharge – Its Importance and Scalability

According to the USGS, only 1.2% of the earth’s freshwater is surface water. Around two-thirds of it is tied up in glaciers and ice caps, while groundwater accounts for the other 30%. But as more and more agricultural regions face aquifer depletion, businesses and...

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Water Stress – Current Trends and Potential Outcomes

Water Stress – Current Trends and Potential Outcomes

Water stress is a key term to fully understand the spectrum of water today and into the future. While there are a lot of complex factors that go into the concept of water stress, the underlying principle is a simple equation:   Water Demand > Usable Water...

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