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A to Z of RI across real assets

From affordable housing to zero deforestation, our A to Z of responsible investing practices can help create enduring benefits for clients and communities.

 

Cut through the jargon for better outcomes for investors, communities and the planet. Developed by Nuveen in collaboration with Private Equity International, the interactive guide focuses on real assets. The concepts, however, are relevant across the investing world.

 

From affordable housing to zero deforestation, our A to Z of responsible investing practices can help create enduring benefits for clients and communities.

 

Cut through the jargon for better outcomes for investors, communities and the planet. Developed by Nuveen in collaboration with Private Equity International, the interactive guide focuses on real assets. The concepts, however, are relevant across the investing world.

 

A is for Affordable Housing, tile image
A is forAffordable housing
Affordable housing is housing deemed affordable to those with a median household income or below, as rated by the national government or a local government by a recognized housing affordability index.
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B is for Blue Economy, tile image
B is forBlue economy
The sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem.
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C is for Climate Change, tile image
C is forClimate change
Climate change is demonstrating its effects worldwide in the form of rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns. The result is more heat waves and droughts, more potent storms and rising sea levels. 
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D is for Diversity, tile image
D is for Diversity
Investing with a gender lens, which means making investments that disproportionately benefit women and girls.
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E is for Energy transition, tile image
E is for Energy transition
The energy transition is a pathway toward transforming the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century.
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F is for Financial inclusion, overlay image
F is for Financial inclusion
Offering individuals and businesses the opportunity to access and ability to use a diverse range of appropriate financial services that are responsibly and sustainably provided by formal financial institutions.
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G is for Governance, tile image
G is for Governance
The rules, practices and processes by which owners and managers direct and control a firm.
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H is for Health & well-being, tile image
H is for Health and wellbeing
The World Health Organization defines health as 'a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'. Wellbeing refers to a positive rather than neutral state, framing health as a positive aspiration.
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I is for Integration, tile image
I is for Integration
The explicit and systematic consideration of material environmental, social and governance factors in the investment management process.
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J is for Job creation, tile image
J is for Job creation
Investing in and creating quality jobs within underserved communities.
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K is for KPIs, tile image
K is for Key performance indicators
Quantifiable measures used to evaluate the success of an organization or of a particular activity in which it engages over a period of time.
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L is for Low carbon economy, tile image
L is for Low-carbon economy
An economy based on low-carbon power sources that therefore has a minimal output of greenhouse gas emissions into the biosphere.
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M is for Microfinance, tile image
M is for Microfinance
The provision of a broad set of financial services - such as credit, savings and microinsurance - tailored to fit the needs of poor or underserved individuals.
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N is for Natural Capital, tile image
N is for Natural capital
The world's stock of natural resources, which includes geology, soils, air, water and all living organisms. It extends the economic notion of capital to goods and services provided by the natural environment. 
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O is for Opportunities, tile image
O is for Opportunities
Tracking waste and recycling provides the key foundation to identifying opportunities to improve sustainability and reduce costs.
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P is for Productivity, tile image
P is for Productivity
The output per unit of total resources employed in production.
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Q is for Quality data, tile image
Q is for Quality data
Meaningful and actionable ESG data despite a lack of standardization in the market.
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R is for Resource efficiency, tile image
R is for Resource efficiency
Using the earth's limited resources in a sustainable manner while minimizing impacts on the environment. It allows us to create more with less and to deliver greater value with less input.
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S is for Sustainable development goals, tile image
S is for Sustainable development goals
A set of United Nations goals with a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They are an internationally accepted, outcome-oriented roadmap to sustainability for organizations in all sectors.
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T is for Transparency, tile image
T is for Transparency
Systematic tracking and reporting of progress on RI activities and goals, including improving the quality and quantity of information available to investors regarding ESG issues. 
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U is for Urbanization, tile image
U is for Urbanization
Population shifting from rural areas to urban areas, the gradual increase in the proportion of people living in urban areas and the ways in which each society adapts to this change.
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V is for Vision, tile image
V is for Vision
The ability to see long-term desired change. 
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W is for Water Efficiency, tile image
W is for Water efficiency
Reducing water wastage. Significant innovation and increased water efficiency have an essential role to play in helping ensure we have enough water for people, the economy and the environment now and in the future.
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X is for XX Chromosome, tile image
X is for XX chromosome
Humans have 22 chromosome pairs and two sex chromosomes. Females have two X chromosomes.
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Y is for Yield, tile image
Y is for Yield
Earnings generated and realized on an investment over a particular period of time.
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Z is for Zero Deforestation, tile image
Z is for Zero deforestation
A commitment to sustainable land management where forest areas are neither cleared nor converted.
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