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Ethical investments are outperforming traditional funds

The Guardian - 13 June 2020 Evidence suggests that environmentally focused investing is becoming mainstream
Environmentalists cheered by huge improvements in air quality during the lockdown – and the collapse in coal power generation – have another reason to celebrate. Even the stock market has gone in their favour.

A detailed number-crunching of environmentally sustainable funds has revealed that they have outperformed traditional funds across the board – beating them during the pandemic as well as during the 10 years up to and including the coronavirus sell-off.

The data, from the global research agency Morningstar, comes amid growing evidence that environmentally focused investing – once pigeonholed by City traditionalists as only for a vegan/hippy minority – is becoming mainstream. This week, Vanguard, one of the world’s biggest fund managers, launched two ethical index funds aimed at UK investors, while Aviva, Britain’s biggest insurer, unveiled a “climate transition” fund.

COMPOUNDING CRISES ARE WHAT WE’VE ALL BEEN REHEARSING FOR – NOW IS THE TIME FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT

The role of responsible investment and sustainable finance in times of crisis. By RIAA CEO Simon O'Connor
As the globe comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, the world of responsible investment and sustainable finance has been readying itself for crises such as this over some time.

Such scenarios are core business for responsible, ethical and impact investors, who spend much of their days analysing and assessing causes of disruptions to valuations that sit off the balance sheet: the environmental, social, governance and ethical issues that are fundamental to a holistic understanding of what moves markets.

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.


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.

Investing ethically is good for your wealth

Noted.co.nz By Harbour Asset Management Oct 31, 2019 Sponsored by Harbour Asset Management
Kiwis are demanding that their investment managers invest responsibly. But what does that really mean?

Investors prepared to switch for ethical funds, report shows

Good Returns October 30th 2019
More than 80% of New Zealanders expect their KiwiSaver and other investments to be invested responsibly and ethically, new research by the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia and Mindful Money has shown.

Older people deserve more credit for the rise of ethical investing

Stuff, Rob Stock Sep 19 2019
OPINION: The sparky-eyed Millennial out to save the world is overshadowing the other great investment eco-warrior: The baby boomer.

Humans love a simple story, and the trope about the socially-aware young changing the world makes for good reading.

But when it comes to ethical investing, the revolution is being driven by those with white hair as much as it is the young.

Purpose-driven investment for purpose-driven organisations: The case for ethical investing

ProBono Australia 16th July 2019
Whatever the future holds, ethical investing will continue to increase its impact. In this article, Mathew Browning, U Ethical chief executive officer, answers three common questions about investing ethically.

For many, ethical investing remains a mystery. So in this article, we shall answer three questions:

What is ethical investing?
How popular is ethical investing?
Does ethical investing come at the cost of returns?

Managers adopting low-or-no carbon strategies to mitigate risks

Investment News NZ JULY 7, 2019
Initially driven by big pension funds in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America for various reasons, some political, fund managers are increasingly looking at how companies are handling the inevitable transition to a lower-carbon world as a risk-assessment tool.

Ethical fund managers fail to meet investors' concerns over climate change

The Sydney Morning Herald By John Collett July 3, 2019
Ethical investment managers are failing to meet the climate change concerns of retail investors in the choice of businesses to exclude from their funds.

Retail investors want ethical funds to exclude businesses involved in fossil fuels and violations of human rights in their supply chains, but investment managers are mostly screening out controversial weapons and tobacco.