Gender Diversity on Boards in the ASX300: Is Progress Occurring?

The positive implications of board-level gender diversity are well researched. Studies demonstrate repeatedly that the representation of women on boards enhances manifold aspects of company performance, from financial outcomes to corporate social responsibility. [1],[2] Aspirations for gender diversity are therefore widespread and well-reasoned beyond a gender equality basis. In line...

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Climate Change, Superannuation and Millennials

  This month the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its much-anticipated report on global warming targets. The report predicts that current rates of emissions will cause an increase in temperature of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040, and 2 degrees Celsius by 2060. Authored by more than...

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Chemicals of Concern – Glyphosate

  The use of agricultural herbicides in conventional agricultural farming has an impact on food and crops produced. Debate about the efficacy and safety of certain products and the long-term risk they pose to society and the environment have shadowed herbicide use for decades. In this article, we contribute to...

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Sugar: Trimming the Fat from Investments

This article forms part of CAER’s  ‘Responsible Investment Agenda 2018 – A Work Plan for Australian and New Zealand Investors’ Report   Sugar will continue to be a key risk for investors in 2018. As more scientific research illustrates the correlation between sugar and chronic health diseases such as obesity, type-2 diabetes...

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Energy Transition: Charging Ahead

This article forms part of CAER’s  ‘Responsible Investment Agenda 2018 – A Work Plan for Australian and New Zealand Investors’ Report   The transition away from fossil fuels to renewables is accelerating fast. In 2018, investors will need to buckle up, and we are not talking about Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode! Companies faced...

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Military Exposures: A Potential Mine Field

This article forms part of CAER’s  ‘Responsible Investment Agenda 2018 – A Work Plan for Australian and New Zealand Investors’ Report   In 2018, investors need to gear up for a deeper look at military and defence exposures beyond the screening of anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions. The public debate around weapons...

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Human Rights: Looking in Our Own Backyard

This article forms part of CAER’s  ‘Responsible Investment Agenda 2018 – A Work Plan for Australian and New Zealand Investors’ Report   Human rights dominated the ESG space in 2017, and will continue to sit firmly at the forefront of public sector, investor and company agendas in 2018.   The Landscape In...

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