The Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) is the peak industry body representing responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand. RIAA has over 170 members who manage more than $1 trillion in assets under management, including super funds, fund managers, consultants, researchers, brokers, impact investors, property managers, community banks, community trusts, religious groups, financial advisers and individuals (see our members here).
The responsible investment sector constitutes a growing force in the finance and capital markets of Australasia. Over 50% of the major super funds and eight of the top ten fund managers have committed to a more responsible approach to undertaking investments.
RIAA works to promote a more responsible approach to investment, to encourage more people to actively choose a responsible and ethical option for their savings and investments, across superannuation, banking, general investments and KiwiSavers in NZ (find responsible investment options here).
All RIAA’s members understand that there is more that drives investment returns than just what is found in financial reports. More sustainable companies and assets thrive over the long term and our members use a variety of approaches to find these strong investments.
RIAA supports its members by acting as a hub for critical information for responsible investors through webinars, conferences, events, working groups, research, and policy. RIAA produces a regular newsletter (subscribe here), actively promotes the industry in the media (see news here), educates its members (see PRI Academy here) and provides access to the largest active network for responsible investors in the region (see more about membership here).
Formed in 1999 as the Ethical Investment Association (EIA), the EIA pioneered programs such as the annual Benchmark Report, specialist courses for Financial Advisers and the world’s first Certification Program for products and services in the area of responsible investment. In 2007, the organisation’s name was changed to Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) to reflect the increasing diversity of members within the organisation and the broadening interest in this type of investment from professionals, consumers and large institutional investors.