climate change

Hedge Funds

LGS board rocked by nuclear fallout

A disagreement between Local Government Super (LGS) and the trade union Depa over whether to invest in nuclear energy stocks has led to the replacement of the union’s director at the fund. The decision by Depa follows the fund’s move to drop its screen on companies involved in nuclear power generation, while at the same […]
Unintentional

Investors must be free from political direction

The decision of the Australian National University’s endowment to divest shares in seven resource companies is not an unusual move within the context of institutional asset owners. How those investors choose to allocate their assets has nothing to do with any government and they should not feel pressure to invest in any one company, asset […]
Hedge Funds

HESTA to cut investments in thermal coal

HESTA, the super fund for health and community services, is to progressively implement a restriction on investments in thermal coal. It will not make new investments in unlisted companies that derive more than 15 per cent of revenue or net asset value from exploration, new or expanded production, or transportation of thermal coal. In addition, […]
Investment Strategy

Member activism on the rise

Funds should start preparing for a steady growth in member activism over investments before portfolio disclosure requirements come into force on July 2014, says Danielle Press, chief executive of EquipSuper. While the numbers of members targeting funds is low, the impact could be greater owing to the way replies to questions are being posted online. […]
Hedge Funds

Media Super pushes holistic investment thinking

A framework for top-level decision-making on investment impacts, with particular regard to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment, is in development by Media Super chief investment officer, Jon Glass. “It’s a way to help trustees think through ESG issues, and to evaluate whether they should make decisions that will then have an impact on the […]
Investment Strategy

Superannuation funds may use FTSE carbon index

Two Australian superannuation funds have been speaking with the FTSE Group for a year about using their new indices that aim to reduce the investment risk associated with climate change. FTSE, wholly owned by the London Stock Exchange, will not disclose which Australian funds they have been speaking with. But they are “two quite different […]
Investment Strategy

Superannuation funds may use FTSE carbon index

Two Australian superannuation funds have been speaking with the FTSE Group for a year about using their new indices that aim to reduce the investment risk associated with climate change. FTSE, wholly owned by the London Stock Exchange, will not disclose which Australian funds they have been speaking with. But they are “two quite different […]
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