Local Government Super certified carbon neutral through Climate Active

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Local Government Super (LGS, the fund) has announced it has been certified carbon neutral through Climate Active. It is one of only five Australian super funds to actively hold this certification. LGS has met all the requirements of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard (formerly the National Carbon Offset Standard). The fund closely measures emissions,... Read more continue reading

Bell Global Emerging Companies Fund added to IOOF’s ESG model portfolio

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Global equities boutique manager Bell Asset Management today announced that its Bell Global Emerging Companies Fund (the Fund) has been added to IOOF’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) model portfolio. The addition to IOOF’s suite of ethical investments means Australian investors can now access a diversified portfolio of 30-60 high quality, profitable and liquid global... Read more continue reading

Insight introduces new ESG risk rating for fixed income investors

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BNY Mellon’s Insight Investment has introduced a research rating system to assess issuers against a set of proprietary environmental, social and governance [ESG] risk metrics. More than 6,500 issuers covering 850,000 respective subsidiaries have been assigned an Insight ESG rating since its introduction late last year. It has been applied to c.99% of companies in... Read more continue reading

The green lining of COVID-19 – an opportunity for change?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc for the global healthcare system, economy and markets but there has been a ‘green lining’ in the form of lower carbon emissions, according to the latest research from AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). With countries reaffirming their commitment to the Paris agreement this year, the reduced emissions could set... Read more continue reading

‘Clear Conscience Investing’: As easy as E S G … or is it?

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One of the most significant global trends in investing at all levels, from mum and dad investors to the largest institutional organisation such as major super funds and hedge funds is restricting the commitment of funds to companies that have passed an ESG filter test. The shorthand term is ‘ethical investing’. Environmental, Social and Governance... Read more continue reading

Australian companies fall short on ESG according to new Refinitiv report

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Refinitiv has released the findings of Financing a Sustainable Future in Australia, a new report which looks at the environmental performance of Australian companies compared to global peers. The report finds that Australia’s largest companies are well below their global peers in reporting on environmental sustainability. Australia’s average environmental pillar score is 45.36, well below... Read more continue reading

Eleven funds issued with Lonsec’s new Sustainability Score

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Lonsec’s new sustainability research is now available on its leading iRate platform, enabling financial advisers to create portfolios that genuinely align with their clients’ values based on underlying asset holdings. Funds covered by the research are issued with a Sustainability Score, which reflects the underlying investments of individual products and their compatibility with the United... Read more continue reading

Australian and global Corporates lead UN-backed climate advocacy campaign

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The Australian local network of the UN Global Compact has urged business and the Federal Government to remain focused on the opportunities and threats presented by climate change by incorporating tougher action on carbon emissions as part of COVID-19 economic recovery plans. Commenting on the release of a statement by leading global companies urging governments... Read more continue reading

CPD: Sustainable Investing in action in Australia

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Introduction In the previously published first article of this two-part series (‘Sustainable investing, concepts, considerations and conversations’), we introduced the topic of Sustainable Investing (SI), focussing on the different types of SI, its origins, and growth drivers. In this second part we will take a closer look at Sustainable Investing in action in Australia, including... Read more continue reading

CPD: Is ESG just warming up?

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Whether ESG factors are truly ‘alpha’ factors equivalent to their Value, Momentum, Quality and Low Volatility counterparts remains a contentious issue within the investment community. In this article from GSFM’s investment partner Man Group, it examines the rise of interest in ESG and whether ESG factors can provide superior investment returns. The discussion about responsible... Read more continue reading