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23 November 2016: CAER announces CEO transition

Canberra, Australia – 23 November 2016: Leading Australian ESG research and analysis firm CAER has today announced the appointment of Julia Leske as Chief Executive Officer. Ms Leske has worked with CAER for almost a decade, most recently in the role of Business Development Manager. She replaces CAER founding CEO Duncan Paterson, who will continue to play a role in CAER’s operations as Executive Director.

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14 June 2016: On the 14th June 2016 a coalition of over 80 investors, with $4.8 trillion in assets under management, pledged support for the creation of the world’s first wide-scale benchmark on companies’ human rights policies, processes and practices. The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) was founded by six organisations including CAER’s UK partner EIRIS (now part of Vigeo Eiris), a global provider of environmental, social, governance (ESG) research to investors and corporates.

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27 April 2016: CAER ESG Analyst Nina Haysler wrote an article titled ‘Sugar and obesity: how do investors manage the social risk?’ for Vigeo Eiris. Obesity is a widely noted social risk and over the years the issue has been receiving increasing attention from investors. Companies have the power to respond to obesity risks and minimise the negative social influence of products through a range of different methods. Investors considering investing in companies with a high obesity risk should consider whether the company is appropriately responding and managing these risks. According to CAER research, Australian companies have been lagging behind global peers in their responses to the increasing risks associated with obesity.

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5 April 2016: CAER was strongly represented at last week’s Divest Invest conference in Sydney, with CEO Duncan Paterson and BDM Julia Leske accompanying our overseas guest Max Horster from carbon footprinting specialists South Pole Group. The first event of its kind, the conference brought together philanthropists, endowments, universities, councils, unions, super funds and socially responsible investment managers. The event was a great success, with a full room learning from a range of international and domestic experts about the practicalities of divestment and the opportunities to invest for the future.

13 October 2015: Advisers are now able to access responsible investment information online. Click here to access CAER’s Corporate Monitor service for financial advisers.