Responsible Investment News

COVID19 shows universal owners need active ownership to safeguard social assets and advocate for principled political economy

Susheela Peres da Costa Chair of RIAA
Social assets have economic value

A pandemic lays bare the social infrastructure on which the economy depends. As the social requirements of COVID-19 affect so many forms of economic activity - from education to entertainment - we glimpse connections we ordinarily never see.

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.

What is responsible investing?

RNZ - Madison Reidy 25/2/2020
You'd hope any investment fund managing peoples' money would be doing so responsibly but lately there's been a boom of extra responsible funds.

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.

Gender: does it impact your investments?

Paul Garner of Novo Wealth and Alexandra Brown of Invest with Ethics 7 Feb 2020
Gender diversity is becoming increasingly important, as investors realise that it makes good business sense to incorporate the viewpoints of half the world’s population.


Why carbon emission reporting is important for your retirement wallet

Stuff David Boyle, 7 Feb 2020
OPINION: Australia is burning and too many New Zealand companies are behaving as if it's business as usual.

The debate on whether climate change is real or not has come and gone, the key question is what are we all going to do about it?

It's a question that should matter to anyone who is an investor, including the 3 million New Zealanders who are in KiwiSaver.

The United Nations is concerned that climate change could have a significant impact on financial markets and also the value of stocks you have money invested in, including through your Kiwisaver.

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.

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.