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

LGS achieves standout scores in 2020 UNPRI Assessment Report

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Local Government Super (LGS) has released its latest United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) assessment report with 11 categories across its portfolio scoring in the A+ performance band (the highest possible rating). The UNPRI report assists asset owners, who are signatories to the UNPRI principles, to compare their responsible investment performance across a range... Read more continue reading

Structural changes needed to slow temperature rises despite impact of Covid-19 crisis

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The short-term effects of higher carbon prices and Covid-19 induced lockdowns have had little impact on the long-term trajectory of global temperatures, Schroders’ Climate Progress Dashboard has found. Global temperatures remain on course to rise by 3.9°C as of the end of June 2020, unchanged from the previous quarter and much higher than the Paris... Read more continue reading

Fidelity International achieves top scores in PRI’s annual assessment 

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For the third year in a row, Fidelity International has achieved top ratings across every assessed category in Principles for Responsible Investment’s (PRI) annual assessment. PRI rated Fidelity International A+ across seven investment categories, including Fidelity’s equity and fixed income offerings, as well as its strategy and governance activities. Paras Anand, Chief Investment Officer, Asia... Read more continue reading

Robeco and RobecoSAM awarded highest scores in 2020 PRI assessment

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Robeco and RobecoSAM have received the highest possible scores (A+) from the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) for all assessed modules for sustainable investing. Robeco and RobecoSAM received A+ scores for all aspects of their sustainability approach and the investment modules that were applicable to them in the PRI Assessment Report 2020. Robeco has been... Read more continue reading