economic

Opinion

Precarious world needs effective G20

General secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow, spoke to the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, Australia on Thursday August 1 about the need for an effective G20 in a precarious world. Ladies and Gentlemen, The global economy is no more stable today than it was six years ago, and the […]
Investment Strategy

IFM gets $100 mln mandate to crimp carbon

Industry Funds Management (IFM) has won a $100-million mandate from health and community services industry superannuation fund HESTA, which wants its Australian stock investments to produce as little carbon dioxide as possible. Melbourne-based IFM, which manages about $33 billion, says it can measure carbon dioxide in its portfolio with the help of Morgan Stanley Capital […]
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 […]
Investment Strategy

Nathan Fabian’s climate investing push

Just a sliver of the $1.8 trillion in assets under management in Australia are invested along thematic environmental, social and governance lines. These few billion dollars are invested whereby an environmental or social factor will generally trump traditional measures such as short-term returns. “To fully incorporate enviornmental, social and governance questions requires cultural changes in […]
Unintentional

In this month's issue

June 2011 Cover Story ESG inaction: Who voted in Australia’s first climate-change resolution, and why Australia’s first -ever shareholder vote on climat e change, put to Woodsi de Petroleum in April, provided superannuation funds with a prime opportunity to support the sustainability principles that many of them have espoused for years. But at this first […]