Melior sees bigger role for corporates to improve social and environmental outcomes

Australian public companies are increasingly embracing the need to play a more active role in ensuring a sustainable future for all, according to a report issued by impact investor Melior Investment Management. Melior’s inaugural Australian Impact Report highlights a growing recognition among corporates that improved performance on sustainability through positive impact is not only good... Read more continue reading

BT approves Ausbil Active Sustainable Equity Fund for platforms

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Ausbil is pleased to announce that BT has approved the Ausbil Active Sustainable Equity Fund (Fund) for the BT Panorama and BT Wrap super platforms and investment menus. “We are grateful for the support shown by BT in recognising the Fund on their platform,” said Hik Chadirchi, National Manager, Wholesale Clients, “Sustainable investing is one of the... Read more continue reading

ESG: Progressive Aussie fund manager backs Trump … on ‘E’ and ‘S’ but not ‘G’

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ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is one of the fastest growing trends in investing globally. It has become part of the funds management zeitgeist, aided, in part, by research pointing to better performance by fund managers that favour companies with good ESG policies and practices. The recent decision by the Trump administration to restrict the... Read more continue reading

AXA IM welcomes 2020 RIAA Benchmark Report

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AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) welcomes the release of the annual Responsible Investment Benchmark Report 2020, published by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), and takes the opportunity to renew its call for carbon ‘footpath’ investment. This year’s RIAA Benchmark Report shows that in 2019, Australian and multi-sector responsible investment funds outperformed mainstream funds over... Read more continue reading

ESG Insights: There’s no clear solution to the problem of plastics

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Summary Questioning the role of plastic packaging Plastic packaging is a unique material that provides many benefits; namely, it is strong, lightweight, and is cheap to produce, store and transport. It plays a vital role in food quality and safety, and significantly reduces food waste. From an environmental standpoint, its carbon footprint is relatively low... Read more continue reading

ESG confusion harms investors and the planet

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A lack of clarity around environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches to investing is creating confusion and making it harder for end investors to choose an investment product that fits their objectives and values. Leading investment research house Lonsec said that investors relying on pure ESG product scores or labels risk being misled about the... Read more continue reading

Ethical investing leads to more winners

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Taking an ethical stance with your investment choices doesn’t condemn you to under-performance. While there’s a long-held misconception that ethical investors pay dearly for the privilege of favouring companies committed to ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles, nothing could be further from the truth. Given that assets invested according to ESG-related strategies reached $30 trillion... Read more continue reading

Plan calls for sustainability goals to drive COVID-19 stimulus

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Leading sustainability and fair trade organisations have outlined a plan for regional and global recovery from the COVID-19 crisis aimed at reducing inequalities and building a more resilient economic future. The five-point plan has been jointly issued by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, the Global Compact Network Australia and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia,... Read more continue reading

Having a direct say over your ethical investments

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Ethical investment has been discussed in news articles, financial advice industry publications and, in my personal experience, discussions with clients about how to manage their wealth. The Responsible Investment Association of Australia (RIAA) reported that in 2020 ninety per cent (90%) of investors believe that impact investing will become a more significant part of the... Read more continue reading

ESG investing latest fad or here to stay?

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There has been a proliferation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) products hitting the market as product providers seek to meet the growing demand from asset owners and investors alike. Whilst more choice is good for consumers there is growing concern around ‘Greenwashing’ (overstating a product’s ESG credentials). How true to label are ESG investment... Read more continue reading