Responsible Investment News

How to Tell if a Company’s Claim of Ethical Practices Is True

New York Times By Paul Sullivan May 28, 2021
Vital Farms says on its website that its eggs and butter “are delicious, ethical food you don’t have to question.”

But a lawsuit filed against the company on May 20 claims that Vital Farms’ marketing has misled consumers and investors into believing they’re supporting a company that is more ethical and humane than it actually is. Vital Farms responded that it has operated in an ethical and humane way and that it has always been transparent about its practice of raising hens to lay eggs.

Fossil fuels blacklisted by Government for default KiwiSaver funds

The Herald Bernard Orsman 1 March 2021
KiwiSaver default funds will stop investment in fossil fuels to help New Zealand transition to a low emission economy next year, says the Government.

A lesson for investors: Real change involves the loss of power

ProBono Australia Wendy Williams 13 May 2021
Anand Giridharadas poses a challenge to responsible investors to think about their power and what they’re really doing to achieve systemic change.

Calculating value of biodiversity: BNP Paribas Asset Management

Financial Standard BY RACHEL ALEMBAKIS | 29 APR 2021
Biodiversity and the value of ecosystem services are a critical part of a healthy global economy, with investors working to calculate risk and opportunity on investment portfolios.

BNP Paribas Asset Management has named biodiversity as one of its key thematic priorities, and is undertaking a number of projects to pursue biodiversity related topics across its different areas of sustainable investing.

The case for ethical investing

David Macri Australian Ethical Investment 12/10/2020
Ethical investing can harness the power of money to deliver competitive returns – as well as positive change for society and the environment.

Government pushes further on reporting climate-related financial risks

NBR By Brent Edwards Fri, 12 Mar 2021
ACC and Super Fund already taking account of climate change in their investment strategies.

Dairy business gets loan discount if hits environmental targets

Bonnie Flaws Mar 01 2021
BNZ is offering a loan discount to dairy investor Southern Pastures, if it meets water and biodiversity targets on its farms, in a New Zealand first.

Investors BlackRock, Vanguard join net zero effort

Reuters By Ross Kerber
Top asset managers BlackRock Inc and Vanguard Group Inc have joined an investor push to limit greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, giving new momentum to the effort despite concerns its goals have some wiggle room.

Analysis: Shocked by sacred sites blast, investors press mining firms to revamp heritage oversight

Reuters 25 November 2020 By Melanie Burton, Clara Denina
Rio Tinto’s destruction of sacred Indigenous rock shelters in Australia this year has dismayed and galvanised a swathe of investors who want big changes in how mining firms manage heritage issues and have begun to tell them so.

Men, we need to invest better

Stuff, John Berry Nov 23 2020
OPINION: Last Thursday was International Men’s Day, which is a time to reflect on the wellness and contribution of men to our world. What does gender have to do with investing? Everything.

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