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      A 23-Year-Old Is Suing Australia Over Climate Risk in Its Bonds

      2020-11-09

      BNN Bloomberg: The Australian government will on Tuesday defend a class-action lawsuit that claims it’s misleading investors by failing to disclose the impact of climate risk in its bonds.

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      $41 Pension Fund Settles Australian Climate Change Lawsuit

      2020-11-01

      BNN Bloomberg: A $41 billion pension fund being sued in Australia for failing to properly account for climate change in its investments has settled the lawsuit ahead of a three-day hearing Monday.

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      Investor ‘Climate League’ Seeks to Boost Australia Carbon Cuts

      2020-10-13

      Bloomberg: A group of 16 institutional investors controlling A$850 billion ($609 billion) in assets is seeking to speed up Australia’s emissions reductions. [Full article available to Bloomberg subscribers.]

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      BlackRock, Aberdeen Push for More Women Executives

      2020-09-30 

      Bloomberg: Investment firms managing more than A$1 trillion ($712 billion) are calling on Australia’s biggest companies to appoint more women to executive roles, as they step up pressure for gender diversity. 

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      New Zealand Pushes Banks to Report on Climate Risks from 2023

      2020-09-15 

      Bloomberg: New Zealand plans to require financial companies to make climate-related disclosures, putting the nation in the vanguard of such reporting requirements.

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      System Is Cooked When a 'Sexual Harasser' is Promoted, Not Punished

      2020-07-05

      The Sydney Morning Herald: In the “About Us” section of the AMP Capital website, there is a subheading about “Culture and Diversity” which assures the reader that “fostering diversity and inclusion empowers our global workforce”.

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      Australia Funds Plan Five-Fold Increase in Climate Investment

      2020-06-01

      Bloomberg: Australian investments in clean energy, conservation and other initiatives that have a positive environmental or social outcome are set to rise fivefold to A$100 billion ($67 billion) in the next five years, according to a survey published Tuesday.

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      Coal Loses Backing From Another Big Bank

      2020-05-04

      Bloomberg: Financing a thermal coal project in Australia just got a little bit harder after Westpac Banking Corp. said it would exit the sector by 2030, leaving Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. as the last of the country’s big four yet to commit to dropping the most polluting fuel.

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      UniSuper on Climate Chopping Block

      2020-01-13

      Financial Standard: Market Forces has put UniSuper on the chopping block in a divestment campaign aimed at pressuring the fund to ditch shares in fossil fuel companies.

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      Hayne Rebukes Directors on Climate Risk Failure

      2019-12-09

      The Australian Financial Review: Former High Court judge and royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne has warned directors they have a legal duty to act on climate change risk, include it in corporate strategies and report on it to shareholders, raising the real prospect that boards failing to act could end up in court.

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