Stewardship matters

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Martin Currie, a global active equity specialist and part of Franklin Templeton, has launched its recent edition of Stewardship Matters, which provides a regular review of Martin Currie’s work in the stewardship and ESG space, and their insight into future trends. This initiative covers regional insights, ongoing development of ESG tools, and the outcomes of... Read more continue reading

Ardea Investment Management urges governments to rapidly scale up their climate ambition

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Ardea Investment Management (Ardea) is among a record number of signatories to a joint global investor statement calling on governments to urgently ramp up their efforts to address the climate crisis. The Investor Agenda’s 2021 Global Investor Statement to Governments on the Climate Crisis contains the collective views of 587 investors from around the world,... Read more continue reading

Dimensional launches ESG separately managed accounts

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Australians wanting a one-stop, low-cost, sustainable and systematic investment solution now can access model portfolios from Dimensional Fund Advisors via separately managed accounts (SMAs) available through Macquarie Wrap. Dimensional, a global systematic asset manager, has brought together its global equity and fixed interest sustainability solutions into three automatically rebalanced model portfolios, ranging from a 100%... Read more continue reading

Bell Asset Management’s ESG milestone

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Bell Asset Management (BAM) has announced that the UBAM – Bell Global SMID Cap Equity Fund has attained Article 8 classification under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). The UBAM – Bell Global SMID Cap Equity Fund is a sub-fund of Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)’s UBAM Luxembourg domiciled collective investment scheme (known as a... Read more continue reading

CPD: Impact alpha – emerging trends in SDG aligned impact investing

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Introduction The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 objectives for improving human society and ecological sustainability adopted by the United Nations in 2015. They cover a broad spectrum of sustainability topics, ranging from eliminating hunger and combating climate change to promoting responsible consumption and making cities more sustainable. Critically, these weren’t goals left in the hands of... Read more continue reading

Stewart Investors’ Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Fund reduces fees by 60 per cent

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Stewart Investors Sustainable Funds Group has reduced the management fee of its Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Fund for Australian investors by over 60 per cent, from 1.15 per cent to 0.45 per cent. The fee reduction comes as the fund has provided positive returns year on year since Stewart Investors took over the fund’s management on... Read more continue reading

ASX companies taking significant tangible actions on ESG

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An accelerated shift from awareness to action on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainability among ASX listed companies is underway, and there is a heightened focus on these issues by all stakeholder groups, according to new survey findings from Perennial Better Future. For the first time since the survey began, greenhouse gas emissions, including alignment with the... Read more continue reading

‘Greenwashing’ alert from IMF calls for better Responsible Investment classification

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The role the funds management industry has to play in the transition to a sustainable global economy is significant and was highlighted this week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)[1],  notes leading independent investment consulting firm, Evergreen Consultants. Michael Ohlsson, Director at Evergreen Consultants adds: “It is significant that the IMF drew attention to the need... Read more continue reading

COP26: Australian Ethical calls on Scott Morrison to end Australia’s climate embarrassment

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We are now a few short weeks out from COP26, and the blame-shifting among the Liberals and Nationals on Australia’s lack of net-zero targets has been ramping up. Incredibly, Scott Morrison has even suggested he may not attend COP26 – despite the UN itself criticising Australia’s blatant lack of leadership when it comes to climate.... Read more continue reading

Investment consultants with USD 10 trillion of assets under advice come together to launch Global ‘Net Zero’ Initiative

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Twelve investment consulting firms, responsible for advising institutional asset owners on assets of approximately USD 10 trillion, have launched the Net Zero Investment Consultants Initiative (NZICI). Through nine specific action points, they commit to supporting the goal of global net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner. The initiative, which has been led by... Read more continue reading