Responsible Investment News

Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

GreenMoney By Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute Originally written in 2017
Biomimicry can help sequester carbon, build a circular economy and perfect NetPositive regenerative design.

It seems so obvious now: innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in building, chemistry, agriculture, energy, health, transportation, computing–even the design of organizations and cities. Biomimicry is taught from kindergarten to university and practiced in all scales of enterprise.

Facebook – Another Moral Dilemma

GreenMoney By Francis G. Coleman, CBIS
A Pew Research study revealed that social media is king when it comes to the news. In the US, 72 percent of millennials read the news via their Facebook, Twitter feed, and other social networking sites. Only 21 percent of people aged 50+ do the same. The older generation predominantly consumes news via their television.

ETHICAL, RESPONSIBLE, SUSTAINABLE INVESTING

Insights, Uniting Church Warren Bird 23/12/19
I was not expecting the keynote address to be such a moving presentation. I was at a conference of investment managers after all!

However, as the courageous young woman on the podium spoke clearly and passionately about her pain and that of her family and her village, her words had a powerful impact: “Investors, are you satisfied that your bank balance growth has been achieved with the loss of so much blood?”

Clients expect deep RI understanding: Kiwi Wealth

Good Returns 9 Dec 2019
Investment advisers may need to have fewer, but deeper, relationships with product providers to better understand their responsible investment stance, Kiwi Wealth’s head of retail wealth says.

Why divest from fossil fuels?

Australian Ethical Investment David Macri 14 November 2019
Fossil fuel divestment can have a real impact on a company’s prospects. By refusing to invest in companies that are causing climate change we are denying them a social licence to operate.

Persistent Carbon Emissions Signal Global Climate Goal Is Out of Reach

Bloomberg By James Thornhill and Eric Roston December 4, 2019
While global carbon emissions growth is slowing, the persistent rise is a warning that governments aren’t doing enough to stave off the worst consequences of climate change, according to a new report.

Australian Ethical: Clear and present danger

13 November 2019 David Macri Chief Investment Officer Australian Ethical Investment Limited
I was in London early this month where I witnessed the climate change rallies in full swing. It was an extraordinary sight. The movement's supporters came from all walks of life. It could have easily been mistaken for a fun run if not for the placards railing against the environment crisis.


UN Calls Global Climate Outlook ‘Bleak’

Bloomberg By Eric Roston, 26 Nov 2019
Greenhouse gas emissions are rising and the window for action closing. Still, there are some hopeful trends.

Calls mount for ACC to distance itself from fossil fuels, after Parliament report

Stuff Thomas Coughlan Nov 21 2019
ACC is facing mounting calls to sell its investment in fossil fuel companies, following the release of a Parliamentary select committee report into its ethical investment policy.

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick is calling on the fund to sell its fossil fuel investments, and if it refuses for the Government to use the law to force its hand.

The Government-owned fund controls roughly $40 billion worth of investment, with nearly $1b of that currently invested in fossil fuels.

It has $778 million invested in renewable energy.

What is ‘ecological economics’ and why do we need to talk about it?

Property Observer ANITRA NELSON & BRIAN COFFEY | 11 NOVEMBER 2019
As environmental crises and the urgency to create ecological sustainability escalate, so does the importance of ecological economics. This applied, solutions-based field of studies is concerned with sustainability and development, rather than efficiency and growth. Also, given that cities account for 70-80% of global economic activity and associated resource use, emissions and waste, they are central to finding solutions to the challenge of sustainability.