Ethical investment

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Responsible investment
Socially responsible investing
Social investment
NARROWER TERMS
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Quit nukes: the case for Australian superannuation funds to be nuclear weapons free

In January 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force, finally making nuclear weapons illegal under international law. This report examines the policies of the largest Australian superannuation funds, highlighting their investments in companies involved in nuclear weapons development...
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The fossil fuel pushers

The evidence has been mounting that Australia is blocking stronger agreements to end public funding of coal and gas has been mounting. This report argues that if Australia continues this behaviour, it will only provide further cover for foreign export credit agencies and other public...
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Responsible investment benchmark report Aotearoa New Zealand 2021

The market for responsible investments in New Zealand has continued to soar in popularity, increasing 28% in 2020 to $142 billion, according to this report, and responsible investment assets grew at more than twice the rate of overall professionally managed investments.
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Responsible investment benchmark report 2020 New Zealand

This annual report details the size, growth, depth and performance of the New Zealand responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2019 and compares these results with the broader New Zealand financial market.
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Responsible investment benchmark report Australia 2021

This report details industry data on the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2020, and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market.
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Private equity’s ESG journey: from compliance to value creation

This survey explores the views of general partners and limited partners in responsible investment among global private equity firms.
Strategy

Australian sustainable finance roadmap

The challenges and threats Australia’s financial system is facing include a warming climate, increasing extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, and a society under economic pressure with rising inequality, meaning there is an urgency with which action needs to be taken. The recommendations in this roadmap...
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Just transition: implications for the corporate sector and financial institutions in Australia

Australian corporates and financial institutions have an important role to play in facilitating a fair, timely and efficient transition to a net zero emissions economy – as stewards of assets, allocators of capital and as influential voices in public policy to make sure that the...
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Promises, pathways and performance

To assess climate risk, investors require sufficiently granular climate-related disclosure to adequately understand their investment exposure and consider the impacts of transition and physical risks. This research provides an overview of the current state of climate-related disclosures in ASX200 companies.
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Net zero momentum tracker: superannuation sector - September 2020

This report highlights the actions of 20 Australian superannuation organisations, and the commitments they have made to address emissions funded through their investments.
Journal article

Corporate social responsibility: findings from the Vietnamese paint industry

In contemporary society, customers tend to spend money on goods and services they trust not only in terms of their quality but also because of their ethical production standards; therefore, thanks to integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) into business activities, a company can ensure that...
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Responsible investment benchmark report Australia 2020

This report details the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2019 and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market.
Discussion paper

Dirty big secret: financial performance of fossil fuel companies

Amid the stockmarket turmoil of 2020, fossil fuel companies have performed worse than the wider market. However, the underperformance of fossil fuel companies is not limited to early this year. Fossil fuel companies have performed worse than the wider market over the entire last decade.
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From values to riches 2020: charting consumer expectations and demand for responsible investing in Australia

The research outlined in this report shows that the vast majority of Australians expect their savings and superannuation to be invested responsibly and ethically, and half the population would be motivated to invest and save more money if they knew their savings or investments made...
Guide

Community investment funds: a how-to guide for building local wealth, equity and justice

This handbook shines a spotlight on an emerging generation of practical, intelligent activists who are reinventing local financial systems. Even as they criticise capitalism, they are using – and mastering – its financial tools to solve local challenges. In the pages ahead you’ll find an...
Guide

Modern slavery reporting - guide for investors

This guide has been prepared by ACSI and RIAA to provide a framework for investor reporting. It provides broad context on matters investors may wish to consider in preparing their modern slavery statements and should be used in conjunction with the guidance provided by the...
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Briefing for the Incoming Minister Responsible for Social Investment: Hon Amy Adams

The Social Investment Unit provided the incoming Minister Responsible for Social Investment, Hon Amy Adams, with this Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) in December 2016. The BIM: Outlines our work plan for the year Discusses why social investment matters Looks at what changes are...
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Responsible investment benchmark report: 2019 Australia

This report details industry data on the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment (RI) market over the 12 months to 31 December 2018 and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market.
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Responsible investment benchmark report: 2018 Australia

This report details industry data on the size, growth and performance of the Australian responsible investment (RI) market over twelve months to 31 December 2017 and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market.