Institutional Asset Manager: Australia’s mutual fund assets in sustainable investments surged 23.0 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to AUD66.8 billion (USD46.7 billion) in 2019, and gathered AUD1.2 billion in inflows over the same period.
Bloomberg: Get serious on climate change risks. That’s the message from Australia’s prudential regulator as it joined counterparts in the U.K., the Netherlands and Singapore in ramping up its surveillance of how ready financial institutions are to deal with climate change.
IPE: A small Australian industry fund, First Super, has placed its A$143m (€88.3m) investment with global fund manager Orbis Investment Advisory “on watch” to enforce its ESG concerns.
Top 1000 Funds: The investment arm of one of Australia’s state governments, TCorp, has issued a A$1.8 billion sustainability bond reflecting the appetite of investors which are increasingly hungry for bonds that are issued to fund social and environmental projects.
The Sydney Morning Herald: Superannuation funds failing to consider environmental, social and corporate governance risks when investing their members' retirement savings are in breach of their duties and therefore the law, says the head of Australia's biggest industry super fund.
FS Super: Over time the analysis, supported by independent research, determined that climate change is an investment risk and, as a prudent investor, that needed to address that risk. This paper sets out the strategy, how they have implemented it and some of the frameworks they have used.
The Sydney Morning Herald: Amid disagreement between investors over how best to structure executive pay packets, company directors say the regulator may need to help boards withstand short-term pressure from investors by encouraging a more "holistic" view of pay and performance.
Financial Review: Australia's four major banks have joined forces with insurers and superannuation funds to back an initiative that aims to reshape the financial system to deal with climate change, in one of the strongest signs yet that the industry is taking the threat of environmental upheaval seriously.
FS Super: Over the past decade, wind and solar have provided the bulk of additional generation capacity to the National Electricity Market (NEM), replacing retired coal and gas-fired plants. Despite a significant number of regulatory and policy changes directly affecting the relative economics of the different sources of generation, wind and utility-scale solar generation capacity has more than doubled, from 2.3GW in 2012 to 4.8GW in July 2018, with a strong acceleration over the past 24 months, in particular for utility-scale solar.
Investor Daily: The fund developed in a partnership with VicSuper aims to provide investors with diversified access to the local fixed income market with enhanced social outcomes.
It excludes tobacco, alcohol, gambling, military weapons, civilian firearms, nuclear power, adult entertainment, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and fossil fuel reserves.