environmental

Investment Strategy

Australian investors set global example on ESG

Australian asset owners and fund managers lead the world in ESG integration best practice, according to the Canadian based research and analysis firm Sustainalytics. The prominence of domestic mining companies in Australian equity portfolios has forced Australian investors to engage on climate change and the issue of stranded assets, rather than simply divesting. While he […]
Opinion

100% ESG

The recently launched Good Super is dedicated to pursuing investments that overcome the “grand challenges” in Australian society, writes RACHEL ALEMBAKIS. Aron Ping D’Souza, executive chairman of Good Super, believes superannuation provides the combination of time, money, and intent needed to answer “grand challenges” facing Australian society. If it invests wisely he believes it can […]
Hedge Funds

ESG rethink can add 40 basis points per month: Hermes

Rigorous Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management can deliver an extra 40 basis points per month according to Saker Nusseibeh, CEO and head of investment at Hermes Fund Managers. “Where it [ESG] really matters for performance is in consistently avoiding bad governance. You can add 40 basis points per month… Per month!” Nusseibeh told a […]
Investment Strategy

Unisuper says buyer beware of star fund

Unisuper has issued a ‘buyer beware’ warning on the prospects of its high performing Global Environmental Opportunities fund. The fund has attracted the attention of members after it returned 45 per cent after tax to the end of September for a small group of members who now invest $85 million within it. It is entirely […]
FEAL Annual Conference

Jack Gray: responsible investment debate censored

Responsible investment is dominated by political correctness and is being pushed through by super funds with too little debate, according to Jack Gray, adjunct professor of finance at the Paul Woolley Centre for Capital Markets Dysfunctionality at the University of Technology Sydney. Talking to the annual Fund Executive Association Limited National Conference in Melbourne, Gray […]
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 […]
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