ESG performance and cannabis

KELLIE JOHNSTON  |  MONDAY, 31 AUG 2020  |  WHITEPAPER
The link between positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and economic growth is not new. However, the heightened focus by market participants on value creation through sustainability is new and being driven in part by global trends ...

Sustainability, fair trade organisations call for equitable COVID-19 recovery

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 28 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, the Global Compact Network Australia and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia, New Zealand and Pacific have issued a five point plan for a post-COVID-19 recovery.

Walk Free launches human rights toolkit for business, investors

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 21 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
Walk Free, an initiative of the Minderoo Foundation, have launched a toolkit to help business and investors take action to improve human rights standards in their supply chains and combat forced labour, human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.

Identifying exposures to modern slavery a key concern: Informed 365

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 7 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
Only one in five victims of modern slavery are identified in Australia, meaning that identifying instances and exposures of modern slavery will be a key project for Australian organisations that fall under the Modern Slavery Act's reporting obligations ...

Sefa to increase financing to social enterprises and build resilience

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 24 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
Impact Investor Social Enterprise Finance Australia (Sefa) expects to increase the number of social enterprises it can finance as a result of participating in the federal government's Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Guarantee Scheme.

Research project to study sustainable forestry in East Arnhem

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 24 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
A new research project led by Developing East Arnhem Limited (DEAL) is investigating potential commercial Indigenous forestry and support traditional owners to "facilitate a sustainable forest-based livelihood."

Consortium participants identify impact characteristics of AAP investment

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 10 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
The consortium of philanthropists and investors behind the purchase of the AAP Newswire have labelled the transaction an impact investment motivated by a desire to protect media diversity in Australia.

Climate change and public health cannot be viewed in isolation: UNGCNA

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 3 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
The UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA) is calling for a collaborative effort by government and business to address the serious risks to public health posed by climate change.

EdTech sector shows investment, impact opportunities: Credit Suisse

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 19 JUN 2020  |  NEWS
The rapid adoption of distance learning for students globally as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has increased the profile of EdTech and raised the opportunity to invest in a sector with potential for growth and positive impact, according to Credit ...

Digital human rights rise up the agenda post-COVID-19: Robeco

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 12 JUN 2020  |  NEWS
Digital human rights issues such as data privacy, cybersecurity and social impacts of AI can pose risks to companies, and protection of digital human rights take on new considerations in the post-COVID-19 era, according to Robeco.