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Stakeholder Consensus: Opportunity Abounds for Indigenous-Led Private Equity

Dec. 18, 2019

Report from the first public forum to share findings and gather stakeholder feedback during early incubation of the First Peoples Private Equity Fund.

First Peoples Private Equity Fund Listening Session

First Peoples Private Equity Research Webinar Listening Session

Nov. 25, 2019

First Peoples Worldwide cordially invites all interested parties to take part in our Webinar Listening Session regarding the First Peoples private equity modeling research, Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 11:30am–12:30am MT. In this open-forum listening session, we will briefly discuss the research to deploy large-scale, impact-driven capital exclusively to Indigenous communities...

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First Peoples' Response to EP4: Critically Weak Equator Principles Puts Global Development Ahead of Human Rights and the Environment

Nov. 19, 2019

EP4’s weak and noncommittal language renders it instantly obsolete, especially for those financial institutions seeking to catalyze meaningful partnership with Indigenous Peoples to avoid social and environmental violence. Yesterday the newest draft of the Equator Principles, EP4, was formally adopted by the Equator Principles Association (EPA) after a vote by...

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SURVEY: Impact-driven Private Equity Strategy Aligned with Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Welfare

Oct. 1, 2019

As announced First Peoples Worldwide is underway to research and model a private equity strategy that brings together private equity, a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and renewable energy development. One of our core goals is to ensure that the strategy is researched and designed in a way that is consonant...

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First Peoples Delivers Guidance and Resources to Improve the Human Rights Purview of Proposed 'Equator Principles' Revisions

Aug. 26, 2019

As currently written, EP4 does not set forth a strong risk management framework to provide a dynamic starting place from which [financial institutions] can build better and more responsive social and environmental screening processes… the Equator Principles – if not further revised – can no longer be relied upon as...

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Without a Policy Position, EP4 Fails as a Minimum for Social Risk Assessment

Aug. 19, 2019

For the revised Equator Principles to provide better risk assessment around human rights and climate change, they must reference effective policy and approved international instruments.

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First Peoples Worldwide Announces Research of an Impact Private Equity Model for Indigenous Peoples

Aug. 16, 2019

First Peoples Worldwide is announcing a new research initiative to deploy large-scale, impact-driven capital exclusively to Indigenous communities while realizing social benefits alongside return on investment. The research will contemplate and model a first of its kind investment vehicle that brings together private equity, a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and...

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EP4 Toronto Consultation Report: Banks Must Improve Social Risk Standards and Rethink “Consultation” Process

Aug. 7, 2019

The need to eliminate country distinctions and what consultation means when operationalizing the FPIC of Indigenous Peoples lead topics of concern in final Equator Principles revision consultation.

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EP4 London Consultation Report: Banks Can Improve Social Risk Assessment to Minimize Material Loss and Protect Lives and the Planet

July 22, 2019

Report and excerpts from feedback delivered to the Equator Principles Association during the London consultation in review of draft revisions to the EPs.

Japanese Banks

With Tokyo Launch of Equator Principles Review, Japan Can Lead the Financial Industry to more Sustainable, Human Rights-based Business Policy and Practices

July 11, 2019

Japan has the opportunity to be a leader in sustainable finance and human rights-oriented banking and business by leading the financial industry to improve and bolster its human rights and environmental risk assessment framework.

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