Sustainability faces greatest test in response to coronavirus

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 27 MAR 2020  |  NEWS
As companies, both ASX listed and unlisted, grapple with the twin onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic implosion, sustainability professionals within organisations have an essential role to play in responding to the immediate crisis ...

Forum360 highlights case for virtual shopping for fund managers

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 20 MAR 2020  |  NEWS
Forum360, a platform that is developing a Netflix-style experience for investors and advisers to connect with fund managers, is highlighting its ability to communicate the value proposition of active management through virtual meetings.

Commonwealth Bank provides sustainability-linked finance to Wesfarmers

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 13 MAR 2020  |  NEWS
Commonwealth Bank and Wesfarmers have signed a $400 million three-year bilateral sustainability-linked loan which will link social and environmental outcomes to the cost of finance.

Australia bears sovereign risk with fossil fuel dependence: Beyond Ratings

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 13 MAR 2020  |  NEWS
Countries such as Australia that heavily depend on fossil fuels are likely to be more impacted when reaching targets for a zero-carbon global economy, given expected structural changes in the economy, according to Beyond Ratings, a division of London ...

Cromwell Property Group reports on sustainability progress for 2019

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 13 MAR 2020  |  NEWS
Real estate investor and manager Cromwell Property Group reports that their sustainability strategy is focused on "improving performance through a structured, responsible and balanced pathway to sustained success," in their 2019 sustainability report.

Future IM/Pact builds database of female students interested in finance

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 6 MAR 2020  |  NEWS
Future IM/Pact, an initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of talent coming into investment management industry, has entered its second calendar year of operations and building off of a base of 350 highly engaged female students.

Calix outlines case for carbon capture and storage in cement and lime

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 6 MAR 2020  |  NEWS
In order for European Union member states to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) will have to be part of the technology solution, according to Australian technology company Calix.

Australian Ethical to cut administration fees, enhance customer experience

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 28 FEB 2020  |  NEWS
Australian Ethical will cut its administration fees and make other enhancements to member experience after reporting a 40% in net profit after tax for the half year ending 31 December.

Companies have responsibility to meld profit and purpose: IBM

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 28 FEB 2020  |  NEWS
Approximately three quarters of Australians think corporations have a responsibility to prioritise employees, the environment and the community as much as they prioritise delivering profits to shareholders, according to research from IBM.

Singapore-based Vena Energy issues US$325 million green bond

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 28 FEB 2020  |  NEWS
Singapore-based Vena Energy, an independent power producer and renewable energy company, has issued a US$325 million green bond.