Taskforce recommends government support to build social impact investing

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 14 FEB 2020  |  NEWS
A landmark Social Impact Investing Taskforce is recommending that the commonwealth government take a "coordinated and long term" approach to guide its involvement in the social impact investing market.

Small, mid-caps list governance, social as top ESG concerns: Perennial

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 7 FEB 2020  |  NEWS
Australian small and mid-cap listed companies listed governance, diversity, safety and equality as their top three material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as areas of future improvement, according to a survey conducted by ...

Human rights, ethical sourcing driving ESG considerations in Asia: Ausbil

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 24 JAN 2020  |  NEWS
Stronger regulation and regulatory enforcement in Asian countries, ranging from plastic use and waste to human rights and labour, expose Australian companies to evolving risks and opportunities across environmental and social metrics, according to Ausbil ...

How the law can drive impact through investment: B Lab

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 20 DEC 2019  |  NEWS
Ed note: The Sustainability Report is pleased to present this article from Anna Crabb, Head of Strategy and Partnerships, B Lab Australia and New Zealand

Sexual harassment a potential investment, financial risk in supply chain

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 22 NOV 2019  |  NEWS
With material human rights issues rising on the agenda for companies and their investors, non-governmental organisations are flagging sexual harassment in garment factories as a source of risk, both in terms of productivity losses and reputational risks ...

Climate change, ageing population to cause twin impacts: Actuaries Institute

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 27 SEP 2019  |  NEWS
Climate change will impact the health and finances of elderly Australians at increasing rates over coming decades, necessitating wide ranging policy responses to manage social, economic and public health implications, according to a report by the Actuaries ...

Vanessa Zimmerman launches Pillar Two human rights consultancy

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 14 JUN 2019  |  NEWS
Vanessa Zimmerman has launched Pillar Two, a consultancy that will assist companies with human rights policy development and risk management, as well as assisting with human rights and Modern Slavery reporting.

Future Super divests from companies with no women on boards

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2019  |  NEWS
Future Super has divested from listed companies that do not have women on their boards or who have not presented plans to improve their diversity.

Business has role to play in protecting human rights: Gillian Triggs

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 3 MAY 2019  |  NEWS
Australia lags Western democracies in its domestic implementation of international human rights commitments, and business plays an important role in the protection of human rights, according to Gillian Triggs, former president of the Australian Human ...

NZ Super to divest from gun manufacture investments

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 12 APR 2019  |  NEWS
NZ Super Fund will divest from $19 million of investments in companies involved in the manufacture of civilian automatic and semi-automatic firearms, magazines or parts prohibited under New Zealand's tough new gun law.