New ICAP Guidance Highlights Climate Action Across Asset Classes

The Investor Agenda’s latest update offers guidance on how its Investment Climate Action Plans (ICAPs) can be applied in several key asset classes, including fixed income, infrastructure and private equity. Further guidance has also been provided on sector-level application of ICAPs, tools and methodologies, tiers mobility and progress, and new resources. The Investor Agenda is a coalition of all regional sustainable investment bodies, with ICAP guidance acting to highlight best practices for investors attempting to develop and launch ambitious climate action plans. Initially launched in May 2021, the ICAPs Expectation Ladder and Guidance is a framework designed to encourage investor action across four key focus areas: investment, corporate engagement, policy advocacy and investor disclosure. The ICAPs Expectations Ladder is comprised of four tiers, from those beginning to think about climate change (Tier 4) to investors who have made net-zero commitments and are advanced in setting and implementing science-based targets (Tier 1) This latest update aims to help investors self-assess which tier they are on along the ladder, as well as understanding the main actions they can take to strengthen their climate action approach. Kirsten Spalding, ICAPs Working Group Chair, said: “We released the ICAPs Guidance document to help raise investor climate ambition. It is a great resource for investors just starting their journey to help them develop and publish ICAPs, while those that have already begun their journey can use the guidance to accelerate their own climate actions to bring transition to a net zero economy closer.” 

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