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Publish Date: November 2021

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Investor Toolkit – Human Rights with a Focus on Supply Chains

Summary

Human rights issues in supply chains can be very complex and frequently these issues occur beyond the visibility of investee companies, sometimes despite the best intentions of investee companies to manage these.

 

This is the second edition of this toolkit, an initiative of RIAA’s Human Rights Working Group. The purpose of this toolkit is to help investors to engage constructively with the intention to encourage better practice from companies, thereby reducing human rights risks in supply chains. This toolkit focuses on practical engagement points with a business rationale.

 

Publish Date: October 2021

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Investor Toolkit – An Investor Focus on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Cultural Heritage Protection

Summary

An initiative of the RIAA’s Human Rights Working Group and First Nations Peoples’ Rights Working Group, this toolkit supports investors to manage the increasingly material issue of Indigenous heritage protection.

 

The toolkit contextualises the long-term valuation impacts of poor management of relationships and cultural heritage, details red flags to look out for in companies’ disclosure and engagement practices, outlines traits of leaders vs. laggards, and for those ready to delve deeper, provides detailed sub-topics for engagement with companies.

 

Publish Date: July 2021

Fact Sheet

Introduction to ESG integration

Summary

Foundational to best practice investment management, ESG integration is a responsible investment approach that involves the explicit inclusion by investment managers of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities into financial analysis, investment decisions and stewardship.

Publish Date: July 2021

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Introduction to impact management & measurement

Summary

Impact management and measurement (IMM) is fast becoming a key component of responsible investment practice, as the emphasis extends beyond process and policy to real world outcomes – positive and negative – being generated through investments.

 

Various impact management tools, standards and conventions have emerged which are useful to investors when developing their own frameworks, as well as for analysing the companies and assets they invest or are considering investing in.

Publish Date: March 2021

Briefing Note

FASEA Code of Ethics and responsible investing

Summary

Australia’s FASEA Code of Ethics is designed to shape and reinforce ethical conduct of financial advisers and to encourage a deeper engagement by the adviser with their duties to their client as well as wider society. This briefing note explores how the Code relates to and embeds responsible investing’s relevance to the provision of financial advice. 

Publish Date: February 2021

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Responsible investing and financial performance

Summary

The body of evidence continues to stack up – nationally and globally – showing that responsible investments typically achieve stronger risk-adjusted financial performance than their peers, consistently outperforming against benchmarks over short-term and long-term time frames. 

Publish Date: November 2020

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Introduction to responsible investment

Summary

Responsible investing, also known as ethical investing or sustainable investing, is a holistic approach to investing, where social, environmental, corporate governance and ethical factors are considered alongside financial performance when making an investment.

 

There are many different ways to engage in responsible investment, and most investors use a combination of strategies including negative or positive screening; environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration; and impact investing.

 

Anyone can be a responsible investor, whether they are individuals choosing where to put their retirement savings; a trustee of a trust or foundation; or an institutional investor such as a super fund, fund manager, bank or asset manager.

Publish Date: November 2020

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COVID-19 and the performance of responsible investments

Summary

In a time of massive market disruption brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, this briefing note explores how responsible investment funds that integrate environmental, social and governance factors have performed compared to the rest of the market.

 

The evidence is overwhelming, showing that more sustainable companies are performing better and responsible investment funds are largely continuing to outperform the general market.

Publish Date: July 2020

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Introduction to corporate engagement and shareholder action

Summary

To divest or engage? It’s been a hotly debated discussion for many years, with many responsible investors stating a preference to stay invested in companies favouring corporate engagement and shareholder action over divestment to improve the behaviour of companies.

 

But what exactly is it? How does it effect change in company behaviour and how do we know if it’s working? 

Publish Date: June 2020

Fact Sheet

How to avoid greenwashing

Summary

As responsible, ethical and impact investing continues to grow, and as more consumers expect sustainable options for their super and other investments, there’s been a rush to satisfy demand. Sometimes this can result in greenwashing – both intentional and unintentional.

 

Find out how to avoid the pitfalls and label your product appropriately.

Publish Date: April 2020

Fact Sheet

Fossil fuels and responsible investment

Summary

Climate change, largely created by the burning of fossil fuels and release of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, is the most pressing issue of our time.

 

From excluding financiers of new reserves, or petrol station owners to divesting all companies with any involvement with fossil fuels, responsible investment can be approached in a number of different ways.

Publish Date: November 2019

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Modern Slavery Reporting – Guide for Investors

Summary

This guide was prepared by RIAA’s Human Rights Working Group and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) to provide a framework for investor reporting on modern slavery under the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018.

 

It provides broad context on matters investors may wish to consider in preparing their modern slavery statements and should be used in conjunction with the guidance provided by the Australian Border Force (Government Guidance).

 

Publish Date: August 2018

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Investor Toolkit – Human Rights with Focus on Supply Chains

Summary

Human rights issues in supply chains can be very complex and frequently these issues occur beyond the visibility of investee companies, sometimes despite the best intentions of investee companies to manage these.

 

The purpose of this toolkit is to help investors to engage constructively with the intention to encourage better practice from companies, thereby reducing human rights risks in supply chains. This toolkit focuses on practical engagement points with a business rationale.