What are the main issues of concern for Australians wanting to invest responsibly? In order to assist investors, the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA) has made it easy to search and compare products. The Responsible Returns Investment tool allows searches across superannuation, banking and investment. The products that are included have all achieved certification … Continue reading What Are the Key Issues for Responsible Investors?
A few years ago I was feeling conflicted. I was doing Dry July to raise money for cancer support services at the local hospital. At the same time, I knew my International Shares fund had exposure to the world's biggest tobacco companies. I was raising money to help deal with a massive health issue while … Continue reading Building a Portfolio to Be Proud Of
One-third of consumers choose to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good. This report from Unilever shows that increasingly people care about the impact on the planet that results from the products they buy. A recent Lowy Institute survey revealed 59% of respondents believe climate change is a "serious and pressing problem". In … Continue reading The Disconnect between Values and Investments
Responsible investment is a process that takes into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the investment process¹. The PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) lists the following factors² behind the growing momentum in responsible investing: recognition in the financial community that ESG factors play a material role in determining risk and return; understanding that … Continue reading Why Invest Responsibly?
The new series of War on Waste kicks off on the ABC tonight at 8.30pm. It's fair to say Series One last year was an eye opener for every day Aussies. Seeing just how much food, clothing and household stuff goes to landfill was pretty shocking. Good little consumers, we have become! But have we … Continue reading The War on Waste – Good for the Environment and Your Wallet
Investors are realising they can do good with their capital without having to sacrifice the financial return. And fund managers and institutions are responding with new products to cater for a significant increase in demand. The Benchmarking Impact Report 2018 has just been published by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. It provides an in depth analysis … Continue reading Impact Investment Market Quadruples in 4 Years
Serious momentum is building in the responsible investment space. According to the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), 9 in 10 Australians expect their super/investments to be invested responsibly and ethically. This is no longer a fringe issue. The trend is the same in the US. The Sustainable Signals survey by Morgan Stanley last year, found 75% … Continue reading Responsible Investing – The Rising Tide
The purpose of life is a life of purpose - Robert Byrne Increasingly I'm having conversations with clients about socially responsible or ethical investing. I'm not sure if we're becoming more socially and environmentally conscious or it's just the demographic of who I'm talking to. It got me thinking about the potential conflict between … Continue reading Investing with Purpose