An increasing amount of labels, aspirational targets and a diversity of reporting metrics make it difficult for investors to know how their investments impact the climate. So how do we measure the climate impact of our funds?
By James Cook, chief investment officer
Owning a stake in a company means we can address possible risks to company performance while engendering positive impact. If there’s reason for concern, our first step is to work with the company in addressing the issue rather than simply divesting.
Investors have used Environmental, Social, Governance or ‘ESG’ principles for around 3,000 years. In fact, this type of values-based investing can be traced back to the beginning of investing itself.
By Désirée Lucchese, head of ethics and impact
The Quit Nukes honour roll profiles Australian financial institutions that have adopted and implemented policies to comprehensively prevent financial involvement with companies that produce nuclear weapons.
As responsible and ethical funds continue to prove their competitive edge to investors, we explore why this ever growing and evolving sector is here to stay.
While there is a view that in order to achieve positive investment ‘alpha’ or superior returns, the astute investor must compromise, at times, on ethics – the academic evidence may surprise you.
The Australian Government released a legislative proposal to remove responsible lending obligations from the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009. These eased protections come with dangers to individuals and the wider economy.
By chief investment officer James Cook
The possibilities of medical biotechnology are not only resolutely in demand, but projected to expand as we tackle global issues such as the onset of disease.
With the passage into law of the Modern Slavery Act in November 2018, we explain how we continue to manage modern slavery risks two years on.
Strongly aligned to the UN Sustainable Development goals, we delve into the workings of International property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, a high performing stock within our Australian Equities Trust.
Three high calibre finance professionals join the team.
Could the link between climate change and the fires see a spike in responsible investment interest across the US as seen following Australia’s 2019/20 bushfire season?
We explore the evolution of our partnership with this like-minded client.
Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Australia 2020.
By chief investment officer James Cook.
Exploring debt securities used to finance green projects and assets.
Why we're proud to be a B Corporation.
We explore how some “fast recovery” options conflict with green recovery hopes.
Recently, businesses, governments and entire industries have been quick to adapt and innovate in order to survive COVID-19 in the short-term while maintaining a view of long-term recovery.
The accolade recognises outstanding young executives who demonstrate leadership in the community as well as in business, and who have a strong track record in people and thought leadership.
Investors optimistic despite “profound uncertainty”, looming market corrections.
Stimulus reflates the market balloon but will it burst?
Recession hits, optimism holds.
Rallies, recoveries and our tolerance to risk.
By Georgina Laird, Ethics and Impact Manager
By chief investment officer James Cook
Volatility may be easing while vaccine hopes rise.
A loosening of restrictions and a tightening of belts?
Responsible funds show strong outperformance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Will fossil fuels be used as a ‘quick-fix’ to revive the economy?
We agree we’re on the rebound but torn on where to next.
PM says we’ve turned the corner but where does this road lead to?
First recession in 30 years – when will we recover and how?
Flattening the curve without flattening the economy.
Building the bridge to post-COVID-19.
We offer a concise perspective on the current financial environment along with its impact on our clients’ investments.
How we are continuing to operate efficiently and effectively amidst coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.
As global economic fears are escalating, we thought it timely to update our network on our views.
The first progress report released in 2019 demonstrates that the first phase of the initiative has seen some breakthrough commitments.
Leveraging off our current holdings, we maintain pressure and ensure that the company holds true to its recent round of commitments.
The evolution of our ethical investment policy.
By Chief Investment Officer, James Cook
The investor initiative driving corporate climate action by engaging with some of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitting companies.
Every year, we contribute the majority of our operating surplus to a range of community programs, one of which is disability inclusion.
Australia’s circular economy could be worth AU$26 billion per year, by as early as 2025. So, what exactly is a circular economy? Georgina Laird explains
A bumper crowd of 160 squeezed in to the Sheraton Hotel for our annual Investor Briefing.
We were recently acknowledged as a ‘Best for the World’ honoree by B Lab, the global organisation that certifies B Corporations.
The awards acknowledge organisations having a measurable impact on a social or environmental issue and creating economic value in the process.
The obvious clue of wind turbines popping up all over the country may have missed our federal politicians’ gaze but not the scrutiny of our investment team.
by CEO, Mathew Browning
By CEO, Mathew Browning
We are delighted to welcome two new non-executive directors to our board.
The Australian banking industry is rightly trying to rebuild community trust after the shocking evidence heard by the Hayne Royal Commission into financial services.
Imploring strengthened controls to prevent the live-streaming and distribution of any objectionable content.
We have joined a group of 22 leaders in the finance sector in issuing a joint declaration for Australians to embrace the call in the Uluru Statement from the Heart for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution through a Voice to Parliament.
What does the recent federal election result will mean for the health sector?
“First, do no harm” is widely recognised as a key tenet of the Hippocratic Oath* taken by doctors.
Through shining a light on the prolific use of credit cards for online gambling, we (in collaboration with other like-minded partners) have driven the largest Australian banks to address this issue over the past three years.
The Australian Senate has passed the Modern Slavery Act. This is the culmination of many years of advocacy with our partners, the Justice and International Mission unit and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.
Media Release - February 2019
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