ESG (Environment, Social, Governance)

ESG managed funds outperform

FS Sustainability RACHEL ALEMBAKIS 23/10/2020 – The top wholesale ESG managed funds have turned in strong returns over the past one and three years to August 2020, according to research from Rainmaker Information. BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ETHI) has shown a return of 27.9% over the past 12 months to the end of August, …

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Exclusions now the exception not the rule for NZ investors

Investment News 13 Sept, 2020 – Engagement has supplanted exclusion as the most popular NZ responsible investment (RI) strategy for the first time, according to the latest annual review of the sector. The Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIIA) 2020 ‘Benchmark report’ for NZ found than environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration topped negative screening …

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Sustainable times: why advisers need to speak ESG

Simon O’Connor, CEO Responsible Investment Association Australasia 9 August, 2020 – Amongst the uncertain times we find ourselves in, it’s no wonder the Commission For Financial Capability is telling us they are witnessing a flood of questions about money, and have aptly themed this year’s Sorted Money Week ‘Just Wondering’. In times like these, clients …

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Is Facebook ESG?

MONEY MANAGEMENT By Chris Dastoor, 5 June 2020 – Investment in Facebook by environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds shows the importance for investors to analyse what is contained in that fund. ESG funds generally had a screening process that disregarded companies involved in the production of tobacco or alcohol, manufacture or provision of gaming …

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Surge of new ESG products (in Australia) to woo investors

Australian Financial Review, Alexandra Cain, 30 Aug 2019 – After a decade of largely stagnant ethical investment offerings, the last two years have seen a significant number of new products hit the market. Experts say this is an indication investment products with environmental, social and governance themes are poised to become mainstream. ESG ETFs are …

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Bloomberg ‘Good Business’ – a weekly guide to sustainable finance

Inside: Chevron says it will cut emissions in line with the Paris agreement. Lines blur between activists and ESG investors. Dubai wants a solar-powered desalination plant. PG&E faces a fight over its board slate; SEC taps Roisman to oversee proxy plumbing overhaul. — Emily Chasan – Chevron vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in alignment …

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Bloomberg ‘Good Business’ – a weekly guide to sustainable finance

InInside: Executives are paid more than 300 times what workers earn. Water security and forest risks disclosures are on the rise. Starbucks puts a lid on recyclers. Democrats’ “green new deal” takes shape. Wealthy black executives take on racial inequality. — Eric Roston – Social
  CEOs earn salaries more than 300 times larger than their workers. …

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