Responsible investments have more than quadrupled over the past three years to $622 billion in assets under management (AUM) in 2016, with nearly half (44%) of Australia’s assets under management now being invested through some form of responsible investment strategy, according to the Responsible Investment Report Australia 2017.
But what does this mean for investors and what does this mean for the financial services industry? The Sustainability Report was privileged to moderate a panel discussing the implications of the responsible investment industry “coming of age”, with expert opinions from Michael Salvatico, Executive Director, MSCI; Alice Cope, Executive Manager Global Compact Network Australia; James Wright, Chief Investment Officer, JBWere and Simon O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Responsible Investment Association Australasia.
The panel reviewed the current state of responsible investments in Australia and discuss ways to develop and maintain investment themes consistent with beliefs and values. With increasing interest amongst investors in responsible investments, this workshop will address various tools and investment strategies available, while JBWere, a wealth manager in responsible investment discussed how they incorporate ESG signals in their investments.