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Simplicity faces responsibility questions

2 October 2018 - Simplicity founder Sam Stubbs is rejecting criticism that his responsible investment stance doesn’t go far enough.

AMP divests from tobacco securities

28 September 2018 - AMP has completed its divestment of A$440m worth of tobacco manufacturing-related holdings, including NZ$40m of tobacco securities in New Zealand funds.

Pathfinder launches vegan fund offer

22 September 2018 - Pathfinder Asset Management has launched a vegan-friendly fund option.

[The Wrap] Friendly fire in responsible investment space

21 September 2018 - Simplicity CEO Sam Stubbs may exclude munitions from the funds' investments, but he sure knows how to lob a grenade.

Fund managers angry at poor grades

21 September 2018 - Fund managers have hit out at a new KiwiSaver switching platform, which has awarded them dismal grades for their ESG work.

Fund managers hypocritical on RI: Stubbs

20 September 2018 - Fund managers that offer both “ethical” and “normal” investment strategies to clients are “hypocritical” in their approach to responsible investing, according to the managing director of KiwiSaver provider Simplicity.

Animal cruelty top of investors' worries

18 September 2018 - Fund managers might be dropping investments in ammunitions and pornography, carbon and gambling – but new research suggest it’s animal welfare that they should be most concerned about.

Booster gets responsibility badge

28 August 2018 - Booster’s KiwiSaver scheme has been given a sustainability tick by accreditation provider Conscious Consumers.

Kiwi managers become more responsible

17 August 2018 - New Zealand fund managers doubled the amount of money they allocated to responsible investment strategies last year, according to a new study on environmental, social, and governance practices.

BNP joins Responsible Investment Association

26 July 2018 - BNP Paribas Asset Management has become a member of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, the industry body representing responsible, ethical and impact investors across Australia and New Zealand.

Time for 'green' classification system

11 July 2018 - Advisers say there’s too much uncertainty about “responsible” investment funds.

Sector exclusions lazy CIO says

4 July 2018 - Fund managers relying on sector exclusions to implement responsible investment policies may be doing more harm than good, one chief investment officer says.

Watch out for 'green-washing'

1 June 2018 - Investment advisers need to look closely at fund managers that promise "responsible" or "ethical" investment options, industry researchers warn.

Facebook removed from ethical ETF

27 March 2018 - Facebook has been dropped from an ethical investment fund amid concerns about its data breach. BetaShares said Facebook had been removed from the Global...

ANZ signs responsible investment pledge

14 March 2018 - ANZ Investments has signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a set of principles designed to provide...

Pathfinder eyes carbon risk

9 March 2018 - Pathfinder Asset Management has cut ten companies from its portfolio, reducing its exposure to carbon and fossil fuels.

Pathfinder bolsters responsible investment capability

14 February 2018 - Fund manager Pathfinder has appointed two staff to support its focus on responsible investment.

Client first 'means responsible investment'

18 January 2018 - New Zealand advisers and fund managers need to consider clients’ desire for responsible investment of their money if they are to meet their duty to act in clients’ best interests, the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia says.

NZ Super Fund excludes marijuana

18 December 2017 - Companies involved in the recreational cannabis industry have been excluded from the $37 billion NZ Super Fund. The exclusion does not include companies involved with licensed and authorised medicinal cannabis.

AMP Capital sees strong demand for passive funds

4 December 2017 - AMP Capital has launched three new passively-managed index fund options for New Zealand retail investors.

FMA pushes net returns over fees debate

21 November 2017 - The FMA has made it clear that promoting KiwiSaver funds on low fees only is wrong.

The Wrap: Minister acknowledges small firms

3 November 2017 - A look back at a week in which the new Commerce Minister acknowledged concerns, and one insurer received a big boost.

Responsible investing missing the mark: White paper

1 November 2017 - New Zealand's responsible investment managers are too focused on exclusions, a new white paper says.

The Wrap: Deadlines for changes clearer (maybe)

27 October 2017 - Since this is the Weekly Wrap we thought we'd try and wrap the week up, highlighting the key news stories and looking ahead to what's happening next week. Read on to see what's on the agenda.

Russell rolls out low carbon fund

25 October 2017 - Russell Investments has launched a Low Carbon Global Shares Fund in response to client demand for a fund that supports management of climate-change risk...

Pathfinder focuses on responsibility

2 October 2017 - Fund manager Pathfinder is rebranding, with a focus on responsible investing.

Kiwi Wealth latest to get responsible tick

25 September 2017 - Kiwi Wealth is the first default KiwiSaver provider to have all its funds verified as being invested responsibly. The accreditation has been independently...

Tipping point for responsible investing

11 September 2017 - Fund managers are increasingly having to consider the social impacts of their investing decisions but there is a challenge to get enough retail products in the market, the chief executive of the Responsible Investing Association of Australasia Simon O’Connor told Good Returns TV.

GRTV Ep4: How top fund managers are picked; the growing importance of Responsible Investing

9 September 2017 - ...

Responsible investing: Is there a cost?

8 September 2017 - The most popular argument used by investors that are resistant to the concept of responsible investing is that “returns are lower, it will cost me money”. Well, times have changed.

Investing responsibly: passing the tipping point

8 August 2017 - Do you believe that well governed companies have better long-term prospects than their competition? If you do, then you have already taken the first small step to aligning yourself with a more sophisticated approach to responsible investing (RI).

Mint gets A+ rating

2 August 2017 - Mint Asset Management has been given an A+ rating from UNPRI for responsible investment governance and strategy. A+ is the highest rating achievable for...

Advisers risk missing out on responsible investing surge

2 August 2017 - New Zealand investors put a record amount of money into responsibly invested funds in 2016, but advisers are still lagging in their understanding of ethical investment, the Responsible Investment Association Australasia says.

Younger investors rate responsible investment: Fisher Funds

27 June 2017 - Talking about responsible investing is a way for financial advisers to engage with younger clients, one fund manager suggests.

Socially responsible investing (Part 4): Growing pineapples in Alaska

22 May 2017 - This month’s commentary looks at change – how consumer values are changing, how businesses are impacted and how advisers can respond.  The adviser response may involve new socially responsible product and this commentary also considers whether there is a risk of “greenwashing” when it comes to financial products.

Impact Investing for good

18 May 2017 - A new initiative, the Impact Investment Forum, has been launched to support development of the growing impact investment market in Australia and New Zealand...

Socially responsible investing (Part 3): returns, fees and investment options

20 April 2017 - In this month’s commentary, Pathfinder looks at real world implications of responsible investment (RI).  Are RI returns better, worse or no different than market returns?  What investment options are available within NZ and from offshore?

Responsible Investing Part Two: implications for everyone in financial markets

27 March 2017 - The essence of responsible investing (RI) is not its focus on environmental, social and governance issues (ESG) – these get the headlines but are about...

Deadline needed for clean default schemes: Greens

23 March 2017 - [UPDATED] There are calls for the Government to give KiwiSaver providers a set deadline to divest from companies involved in the manufacture of cluster bombs, landmines and nuclear weapons.

Hunter Hall International says it's 'business as usual'

1 February 2017 - One of Australasia's largest ethical investment firms has reassured the New Zealand finance industry that nothing has changed despite the turmoil caused by the shock resignation of its founder and an ongoing takeover battle

Pathfinder to screen its Water Fund for nasties

16 January 2017 - Pathfinder Asset Management has selected Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings, as its environmental,...

New fund out; Booster in

16 December 2016 - Booster Financial Services has stumped up $400 million in assets to help launch a new international fund that excludes the tobacco, controversial weapons and nuclear weapons sectors.

Kiwis seek RI information - but not from advisers

16 November 2016 - New Zealanders say there is not enough information available to help them choose responsibly invested KiwiSaver funds – but very few seek out an adviser to help them.

Undesirables to be removed from Vanguard fund

28 October 2016 - Vanguard has bowed to pressure and is about offer an international index fund which screens out so-called nasties including companies involved the tobacco, controversial weapons and nuclear weapons sectors.

KiwiSaver furore gave advice boost

10 October 2016 - Media headlines about KiwiSaver funds’ exposure to ammunition investments have provided a boost to some financial advisers.

Call for KiwiSaver to follow Super Fund on ethical investing

24 August 2016 - New Zealand's newest KiwiSaver provider is calling on the rest of the industry to adopt standard responsible investing protocols.

Grosvenor dumps Vanguard over cluster bombs

23 August 2016 - Grosvenor Financial Services has moved quickly to the furore around index funds investing in cluster bomb manufacturers by replacing one of its index managers, although the move comes at a cost.

'Work to do' to get advisers on to responsible investment

27 July 2016 - Advisers are slower than their clients to catch on to a growing movement towards responsible investment, it has been claimed.

RIAA develops find-an-adviser service

8 September 2015 - The Responsible Investment Association of Australasia is to launch a new web tool and map to help New Zealand investors find responsibly invested funds and advisers.

Advisers slow to switch on to responsible investing: RIAA

14 August 2015 - Financial advisers are still unconvinced about the merits of responsible investment principles despite growing consumer interest, the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA) says.

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