CPD: Decarbonisation and the infrastructure investment opportunity

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Introduction The world has enjoyed over a century of ‘progress’ which has seen developed market industrialisation, huge and ongoing population growth, globalisation and, in more recent times, the emergence of a growing middle class in developing countries. However, this progress has created a number of climatic challenges which, if left unaddressed, could see the planet we... Read more continue reading

LaSalle acts globally on net zero carbon commitment in alignment ULI Greenprint Goal

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LaSalle Investment Management (LaSalle), has announced its commitment to the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance Net Zero Carbon (NZC) Goal to reduce landlord-controlled operational carbon emissions of LaSalle’s global portfolio of managed assets to net zero by the year 2050. Since becoming a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment over... Read more continue reading

Adviser education key to meeting ESG investment demand

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High demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment options, and an expanding investment universe, will make ESG an essential talking point in adviser-client conversations in the coming years, according to AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). Ahead of the launch of the Financial Adviser Guide to Responsible Investment from the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) and AXA... Read more continue reading

Resimac sustainability initiative to offset over five million kilos of CO2

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Leading non-bank mortgage provider Resimac has planted 35,000 trees through its Carbon Conscious program, which has been running since 2010 in partnership with Australian carbon farming company Carbon Conscious Investments (CCI). Over their lifetime, these trees will remove more than five million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, helping to counter the devastating... Read more continue reading

Australian businesses ramp up ESG focus

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Australian corporates are shifting their focus away from governance and towards environmental and social factors within the ESG space, according to new research from Perennial. Perennial’s second annual Sustainable Future Survey shows greenhouse gas emissions are now the most important ESG area of focus for Australian corporates in the next 12-18 months, up from fourth... Read more continue reading

Robeco extends exclusion of investments in fossil fuels to all its funds

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Robeco has taken an important next step in its sustainable investing approach with the decision to exclude investments in thermal coal, oil sands and Arctic drilling from all its mutual funds. Robeco has decided to exclude investments in thermal coal as it is by far the highest carbon-emitting source of energy in the global fuel... Read more continue reading

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