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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.

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.

Tax dodgers and predatory lenders oust fossil fuels and tobacco from KiwiSavers' top 10 hate list

Stuff Rob Stock 29/10/2020
Fossil fuels, and tobacco have been squeezed out of KiwiSavers’ top 10 ethical concerns by abusive social media companies, corporations that don't pay their fair share of taxes, factory farming and predatory lending.

Research paid for by the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA) and New Zealand’s Mindful Money places tobacco eleventh and fossil fuels 12th in the list of things most people did not want their KiwiSaver money invested in.

Carbon exclusions boost NZ Super return

Investment News NZ MARCH 22, 2020
Implementing carbon-lite policies has added about 0.3 per cent per annum to the NZ Superannuation Fund (NZS) performance, according to chief executive, Matthew Whineray.

Investing to influence climate change

Money Management 6 Feb 2020, Chris Dastoor
When running for Prime Minister in the 2007 election, Kevin Rudd described climate change as “the greatest moral, economic and social challenge of our time”.

Over time we’ve seen policies come and go, including the carbon pricing scheme enacted by the Gillard government in 2011.

Despite the ineffectiveness of public policy to take hold and be a catalyst, the market had slowly created options for consumers and investors to help contribute to change.

Why investing in coal mines could (maybe) be 'responsible investment'

Newsroom Nikki Mandow 18/12/19
Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Newsroom business editor Nikki Mandow looked into responsible investment, and found that it is way more complicated, nuanced - and interesting - than she could ever have imagined.

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.

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.

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Mark Carney

The Guardian, 13 Oct 2019 Damian Carrington
Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt, the governor of the Bank of England has warned.

Students welcome University of Auckland Foundation's fossil fuel divestment

Newshub 2/092019 Scott Palmer
The University of Auckland (UoA) Foundation has announced it has committed to moving towards zero investment in fossil fuels.

On Friday its trustees, who manage a $224 million investment portfolio, said they will reduce their investment in the top fossil fuel companies down to 0.5 percent or less by December 2020.

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