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Investor Climate Guidance Updated with Deforestation Actions

The Investor Climate Action Plans (ICAPs) Expectations Ladder has been updated by the Investor Agenda to provide clearer guidance on deforestation actions. Established as a single framework for climate action by investors, the ICAPs Expectations Ladder now includes information on deforestation actions throughout its tiers “to ensure that ICAPs are as comprehensive as possible”. Further updates in the new release include edits to the sub-focus criteria across different tiers and focus areas in line with the latest science and guidance. “It is critical that effective climate transition plans must tackle deforestation to achieve the goal of a net zero emissions economy by 2050 or sooner,” said the founding partners of the Investor Agenda in a statement. “In doing so, investors’ action will simultaneously support biodiversity and food security, while mitigating risk for institutions against financial, regulatory, reputational and supply chain and supporting preparations for forthcoming regulations.” The updated Expectations Ladder sets out high-level expectations for investors to take on climate action across four focus areas – investment, corporate engagement, investor disclosure and policy advocacy, with governance as a cross-cutting theme. The ICAPs Expectations Ladder is supported by the ICAPs Guidance, which was updated in July 2022. The founding partners are the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, CDP, Ceres, Investor Group on Climate Change, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Principles for Responsible Investment and UNEP Finance Initiative.


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