Banking Royal Commission: A Spotlight on ESG due diligence

In the weeks since the release of the Banking Royal Commission’s final report, much has been written about the failures of governance, unethical leadership culture and possible criminal proceedings facing household names in the Australian financial services industry. Commentators from both within finance and the media have been quick to...

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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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RIAA Conference 2018 – Where to From Here?

The 2018 RIAA Conference has just finished in Melbourne, and the ESG professionals who attended have no doubt spent the last week pondering the complexities of the many issues that were raised. As we return to work and the pace of our daily roles, we all face a similar question:...

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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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