Government to establish $1bn National Housing Finance and Investment Corp

May 18th, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

The government will establish the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), an affordable housing bond aggregator designed to attract private and institutional investment and provider cheaper, longer-term finance to the development of affordable housing.

Boards and management obliged to consider climate change: Norton Rose Fulbright

May 3rd, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

Board directors and senior management must give proper consideration to the risks of climate change, “with a view to ensuring that these risks are incorporated into strategic decision making, and appropriate consideration is given to the need for disclosure of relevant financial-related risks,” Norton Rose Fulbright said.

Carbon Capture and Storage faces challenges in Australia

April 21st, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

Carbon Capture and Storage is “high cost, undemonstrated, and faces key challenges – factors that are holding back widespread use in Australia, according to a report from Credit Suisse.

Experts discuss impact of Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures guidelines

April 12th, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

In the wake of public statements by the Australian Prudential Regulation Agency (APRA) regarding stress testing of climate risks by regulated entities, and given the consultation process to develop the draft recommendations by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), companies and stakeholders such as investors should consider the information that should be disclosed to give a view of climate risks and opportunities.

Impact investment champion takes helm at Clean Energy Finance

April 7th, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has hired Ian Learmonth as its new chief executive officer.

Learmonth will succeed outgoing CEO Oliver Yates, and will join the CEFC on 15 May. Learmonth comes to the CEFC from Social Ventures Australia (SVA), where he is currently head of impact investing. SVA has strong crossover with the CEFC in areas of energy efficient affordable housing and the built environment, and Learmonth has also served as an independent member of the CEFC Executive Investment Committee for the past nine months.

Morphic Asset Management launches ethical global equities LIC

March 31st, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

Morphic Asset Management is launching the Morphic Ethical Equities Fund Limited (MEC), a new ethically screened global equity LIC.

APRA calls for stress-testing of climate change risks in regulated entities

February 22nd, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

The Australian Prudential Regulation Agency (APRA) will emphasise to regulated entities that they should conduct stress testing for “organisational and systemic resilience in the face of adverse shocks” from climate risk.

Australian Ethical Investments join Principles for Positive Impact Finance

February 8th, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

Australian Ethical Investments and Westpac Bank have signed on to the newly launched Principles for Positive Impact Finance, a new set of criteria to assess the impact of sustainable investments.

Hunter Hall ownership changes prompt review from asset consultants

January 13th, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

The announcement that Hunter Hall founder Peter Hall is stepping down as CEO and CIO of the ethical investment fund and is selling his ownership stake has led asset consultants to re-evaluate the firm from an operational perspective as well as raise questions as to the durability of the firm’s ethical investment mandate.

NAB Asset Servicing launches Carbon Report product

December 22nd, 2016 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

National Australia Bank’s Asset Servicing division will offer a Carbon Report product to allow custody clients to assess the carbon intensity of their investments.




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