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Superfunds benchmarked for responsible investment commitment

Thursday 7th June 2018
Simon O'Connor
Simon O'Connor

The Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA) surveyed 53 of Australia's largest super funds for the RIAA Super Fund Responsible Investment Benchmark Report 2018. With 81% of funds showing a commitment to responsible investment (RI), and the doubling of appointments of RI employees, it shows some healthy trends since the last survey in 2016. However, there is need for improvement, with just 10 funds identifying climate change risk as a key consideration in strategic asset allocation and only six funds showing activity in impact or community investing. Industry Moves asks Simon O'Connor, chief executive officer of RIAA to tell us a little more about the findings and how the association is working with its members to refine and articulate standards of approach to RI.

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A unique method for measuring ESG factors

Tuesday 5th June 2018
Michael Hasenstab
Michael Hasenstab

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are being recognised in global fixed income investing as value-added indicators of potential economic performance. Templeton Global Macro CIO Michael Hasenstab examines ESG factors in investing and how they speak to an economy’s potential as an investment destination.

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Australian Millennials question business motivations, ethics: Deloitte

Thursday 31st May 2018
Rachel Alembakis
Rachel Alembakis

Rachel Alembakis of The Sustainability Report talks to David Brown, national human capital leader at Deloitte, about the results of the seventh annual Millennial Survey. The findings, based on the views of more than 10,000 millennials questioned across 36 countries, show Australian millennials' opinions of business' motivation and ethics dropping to the lowest level since 2014. We find out why, for some businesses, that's good news.

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Women In Super and AGSM: Professional development for the Industry's women

Wednesday 30th May 2018
Women In Super
Women In Super

At last week’s Women In Super (WIS) lunch in Sydney, 150 industry professionals were lucky enough to hear philanthropic innovator Audette Exel deliver an inspiring speech. They also heard the announcement of this year’s WIS and AGSM @ UNSW Business School scholarship winners. We highlight the recipients below and find out a little more about what the AGSM programs offer the industry.

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Are you really listening?

Thursday 24th May 2018
Are you really listening?
Are you really listening?

What do workplace negotiations and family dinner chats have in common? Listening – they are both transactions after all. But what does it take to really listen? This week we draw on the experience of Industry professionals from our weekly Q&A series who say that ‘to listen more’ is the best advice they have received. We also bring you five steps from an acknowledged expert in the art of listening.




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ESG is everything

Thursday 17th May 2018
Global Macro Shifts
Global Macro Shifts

Any macroeconomic analysis and investment strategy focused on long-term, fundamentals driven performance should incorporate ESG factors as a key pillar of its analysis.

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"When you start thinking like a scientist, your filter on the world becomes dogmatic": Q&A with Kelly Peters

Thursday 17th May 2018
Kelly Peters, World Business Forum
Kelly Peters, World Business Forum

In the lead-up to the World Business Forum, Industry Moves talks to featured speaker and expert behavioural scientist, Kelly Peters. Having had the “privilege and luxury” of being at the forefront of innovation throughout her career, Kelly tells us how businesses, armed with powerful insights, can effectively tackle complex challenges, and encourages us to unleash our inner scientist. We also hear about her research around investors’ appetite for risk, her favourite innovation project, and her search for Australian ‘mavericks’ that are eager to disrupt the industry using science.


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The Great Industry Influencers

Thursday 10th May 2018
Industry Mentors
Industry Mentors

Who are the people that most influence our careers? Over the months, Industry Moves has learned of some outstanding people who have provided inspiration and encouragement to many in our industry. This week, we highlight some of these influencers - including those who are well known, those who are no longer with us, and two very impressive women who, unsurprisingly, received more than one mention.


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First Quarter Moves Comparison 2018

Thursday 3rd May 2018
First Quarter Moves Comparison 2018
First Quarter Moves Comparison 2018

Of the 221 appointments Industry Moves reported on in the first quarter of 2018, just 56 (25%) were awarded to women. When broken down into executive and board appointments, there's a whole different story, with 48% of board appointments going to women, compared to just 22% of executive roles. So, while we are seeing a distinct improvement in gender diversity on boards, there seems to be a decline in the number of women who are landing the industry's leading roles.

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Businesses need to take the right risks in order to innovate for tomorrow: Q&A with Vivek Chaudhri

Thursday 26th April 2018
Vivek Chaudhri
Vivek Chaudhri

In the lead-up to the World Business Forum, Industry Moves talks to featured speaker and academic director of Executive MBA programs at the Melbourne Business School, Vivek Chaudhri, who shares his insights into Australia’s banking and finance industry. He tells us why ‘business as usual’ is no longer going to cut it for Australia’s banks, shares his key pieces of “bleedingly obvious” advice for senior leaders and tells us why we should do away with traditional benchmarking methods.

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Memorable Investments from some of the industry's leading professionals

Thursday 19th April 2018
The lessons and triumphs of investing
The lessons and triumphs of investing

Over the last few months, as part of our regular Q&As, we have asked some of Australia’s leading investment professionals to share their most memorable investments - the good ones and the bad. In a showcase of responses, we find out those they are most proud of, those that would have benefitted from the power of hindsight, and why sometimes it’s the simple investments that do the best.

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Technology that could fundamentally change what it means to be human: Q&A with Futurist Shara Evans

Thursday 12th April 2018
Shara Evans
Shara Evans

In the lead-up to the World Business Forum, Industry Moves talks to featured speaker and futurist, Shara Evans, who takes us on a journey into the future of technology. We find out about advancements that will not only affect the workplace of the future, but also what it means to be human. Shara tells us that she believes we have already lost the battle when it comes to maintaining online privacy and that much of what we see in sci-fi films will become a reality within the next 5-10 years. From automation of the workforce, to digital immortality, this Q&A will both fascinate and terrify you.

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Spotlight: Independent Directors on super fund boards

Thursday 22nd March 2018
Spotlight on Independent Directors on super fund boards
Spotlight on Independent Directors on super fund boards

With the Banking Royal Commission now underway, the superannuation industry will also find itself in the spotlight. Independence on boards is likely to be on the agenda, once again. This week we take a look at 10 of the largest profit-for-member funds in Australia - who invest $500 billion of their members' funds - compare their current number of directors, and drill down to find out a little more about the 16 independent directors appointed so far.


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Celebrating with the industry's influential women for International Women's Day

Thursday 8th March 2018
International Women's Day 2018
International Women's Day 2018

Today marks the 104th International Women's Day, a day where we celebrate the social, political, cultural and economic achievements of women across the world, while also highlighting the significant inequalities they face. As passionate supporters of the cause, we spoke to some influential women in the financial services industry and asked them to pay tribute to the women in their lives who have made a difference.



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The evolution of impact investing

Friday 2nd March 2018
The missing piece of the puzzle
The missing piece of the puzzle

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is at the forefront of impact investing in Australia. In partnership with Uniting, it was integral in getting the first social impact bond – the Newpin Social Benefit Bond – off the ground and continues to be involved in developing impact investing products across Australia.

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