Responsible Investment News

Christchurch Call to Action: Govts, tech companies agree to tackle violent online content on social media

NZ Herald 16 May, 2019 Derek Cheng
The United States has snubbed a widespread agreement struck at the Christchurch Call to Action in Paris today to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

Seventeen countries, the European Commission, and eight major tech companies have signed up to the accord.

But in a blow to the strength of the mandate, the United States has chosen not to sign despite extensive diplomatic efforts and the fact that a representative was in Paris at a parallel meeting of G7 Digital Ministers.

One million species face extinction, U.N. report says. And humans will suffer as a result.

Washington Post Darryl Fears 6 May 2019
One million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with alarming implications for human survival, according to a United Nations report released Monday.

The landmark report by seven lead co-authors from universities across the world goes further than previous studies by directly linking the loss of species to human activity. It also shows how those losses are undermining food and water security, as well as human health.

Capitalism, Red in Tooth and Claw, Is Going Vegan

Bllomberg Opinion By Mark Gilbert May 12, 2019
When pressure from investors dovetails with index-beating returns, fund managers are sure to notice.


Stalling on Climate Change Action May Cost Investors Over $1 Trillion

Bloomberg By Mathew Carr May 11, 2019
Delays in tackling climate change could cost companies about $1.2 trillion worldwide during the next 15 years, according to the United Nations.

Climate groups to rally NZ banks

Thursday, 9 May 2019 Press Release: 350 Aotearoa
Climate groups to rally NZ banks to break ties with fossil fuel companies

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May, grassroots climate action groups across Aotearoa will take action to call for banks in New Zealand to stop lending to or investing in fossil fuel companies. The events in Auckland, Kāpiti, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, and Dunedin are coordinated by 350 Aotearoa, as part of their Fossil Free Banks campaign, calling for banks to cut their ties with the fossil fuel industry.

New UN Report Says Nature Is in Worst Shape in Human History

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (SETH BORENSTEIN) May 6, 2019 via Bloomberg
People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday.

Oram: The sixth wave is coming

newsroom.co.nz Rod Oram APRIL 28, 2019
Other than the fact they are our two biggest producers of greenhouse gases, it seems cars and cows have little in common. However, both will benefit from the next wave of the industrial revolution, writes Rod Oram.

Writing on the wall for oil companies, say funds

The Australian APRIL 29, 2019
Several big fund managers believe that oil companies should shut themselves down because soon they will become impossible to invest in as the world switches to renewable energy.

Ethical investment: How green is my fund really?

The Australian Financial Review Apr 17, 2019 This is sponsored content for Australian Ethical Investment.
More Australians are trying to live an ethical life and want their investments to do the same, seeking to use the power of their savings to have a positive impact on issues including climate change and the environment.

But despite this, many are still unsure whether funds are investing in line with their values and how they can pursue these social goals while growing or protecting wealth.

There's lots to admire in the Islamic approach to finance

Stuff Janine Starks Mar 29 2019
OPINION: Sonny Bill Williams once taped over the BNZ logo on his rugby shirt. Most people knew he was objecting to "banks" and probably assumed it was for the same reason we all jump up and down - the level of profits made. It wasn't that at all.