RIAA in the News

RIAA is frequently quoted and provides regular commentary in the Australian and New Zealand media on issues of relevance to the responsible investment sector with well over 100 media mentions in the most recent financial year. Below is a selection of recent news articles.

 

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Ethical investing comes of age

 

Australian Financial Review

20 May 2017

 

Green is the new black in investing as billions of dollars pour into ethical funds and a rush of financial products with environment and social themes targets mainstream investors.

Ethical fund assets grew 62 per cent in 2015 to $52 billion, shows the latest Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) Benchmark Report. The sector has doubled in two years as responsible investing redefines the investment landscape.

“There’s been a massive awakening in ethical investing,” says RIAA CEO Simon O’Connor. “Investors have realised they can invest in a way that helps rather than harms the planet, without sacrificing returns. We are rapidly heading towards a ‘tipping point’.

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Engagement a tool for investment stewardship: RIAA conference

 

The Sustainability Report

2 December 2016

Active owners can use engagement with invested companies as a tool to overcome market inefficiencies, particularly as relates to environmental, social and governance (ESG) related issues, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) Australia conference.

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Investors discuss investing in two degree world at RIAA conference

 

The Sustainability Report

2 December 2016

Institutional investors are taking active approaches to managing climate risks and shape their portfolios to fit the commitments of the Paris Agreement, including targets and commitments put in place to help mitigate risk and seek risk-adjusted return, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) Australia conference.

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Majority of 50 largest super funds have RI approach: RIAA

 

The Sustainability Report

25 November 2016

The vast majority of the largest 50 superannuation funds have established some form of responsible investment approach across at least one asset class, but there is a variety of comprehensiveness across the industry, according to the inaugural Superfund Responsible Investment Benchmarking Report by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).

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Responsible investment plagues super funds

 

Financial Standard

24 November 2016

About two thirds of Australia’s largest superannuation funds are yet to embed responsible investment requirements with external fund managers.

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Kiwi managed funds flock to discuss going tobacco-free, campaigner says

 

NBR

16 November 2016

Bronwyn King, the Australian doctor leading a global push to encourage fund managers to exclude tobacco stocks, said she’s had approaches from six major funds in New Zealand interested in making the shift.

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Allure of ethical investments on the rise

 

NZ Herald

27 July 2016

The amount of Kiwi dollars being pumped into responsible investments has grown 28 per cent in the last year to a record $78.7 billion, according to an annual report on the sector.

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Real ethical funds attract fund flow as pretenders falter

 

AFR

22 July 2016

Growth in the domestic ethical investment industry is being driven by institutions and private investors who are demanding bespoke ethical solutions and gravitating towards funds that “walk the walk” when it comes to ESG issues.

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Shades of grey in stand-off over super emissions

 

SMH

16 July 2017

Being seen to be a responsible company has become big business, both financially and reputation-wise.

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RIAA aims for 10% of TAUM to be in responsible investments

 

Money Mangement

22 February 2016

Responsible Investment Association Australia wants to increase the proportion of total assets under management (TAUM) in responsible investment to four times its current level by 2019.

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Responsible Investing is now Retail and Mainstream

 

Cuffelinks

27 August 2015

Op ed by RIAA CEO Simon O’Connor on the state of the responsible investment industry and the latest RI Benchmark Report.

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Why 50 per cent of the investment industry cares about ESG

 

The Fifth Estate

19 August 2015

State of responsible investing Australia and New Zealand – highlighting trends in the RI Benchmark report.

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How Ethical Investing Went Mainstream

 

Business Spectator

17 August 2015

 

Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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Responsible Investment on the Rise

 

NZ herald

14 August 2015

 

New Zealand Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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NZ responsible investments grow 10% in 2014 on the back of consumer, charities’ demand

 

NBR

14 August 2015

 

New Zealand Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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Responsible investment on the rise

 

3News

14 August 2015

 

New Zealand Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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Responsible Investments Benefit from weaker resources market

 

Australian Financial Review

11 August 2015

(Paywall)

 

Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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Ethical Investing on the rise

 

The Australian

11 August 2015

 

Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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Responsible Investment FUM hits $630 billion

 

Investor Daily

11 August 2015

 

Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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RIAA Benchmark Report confirms strong performance of ethical investment

 

Professional Planner

11 August 2015

 

Responsible Investment Benchmark Report Coverage

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A Green Thumbs Up to Responsible Investment

 

Money Management

3 July 2015

 

A special report on responsible investment.

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Responsible Investment – Vice vs Nice

 

25 June 2015

Financial Times

 

A detailed article in the FT outlining the growth and evolution of the Responsible Investment sector, including data from the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, of which RIAA is a proud member.

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Sustainable Super Soars 

12 June 2015

Daily Telegraph

 

Lead article in Business Section (print only).

Ethical Investors are Winning… over every timeframe

6 June 2015

The Australian

 

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ESG Grows to 30% Share of Global Investment Market: GSIA

25 February 2015

Herald Sun

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The Growing Scope for Personal Ethical Finance

25 March 2015

The Fifth Estate

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Investors Flock to Sustainable Assets

25 February 2015

Investor Daily

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