Seminar Series 2021 / 2022
Welcome to the recordings of our second seminar series - bringing you insights from leading ethical fund managers, financial advisers, and international experts in sustainability and finance.
Making Money a Force for Good: Seminar and Podcast Series
Bringing you insights every week from leading ethical fund managers, financial advisers, and international experts in sustainability and finance, moderated by Barry Coates, CEO of Mindful Money.
Following our successful seminar series in 2020, this series covered a range of issues including climate finance, social housing, animal welfare, nuclear weapons, gender investing, modern slavery and investing with a te Ao Māori worldview.
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Financing for a low emissions future with Hon. James Shaw and Richard Curtis
What role does finance have in order to reach the climate goals to prevent an environmental catastrophe? How can our money help us achieve zero emissions by 2050?
In the run-up to Climate Summit (COP 26), Barry Coates founder and CEO of Mindful Money welcomes climate and finance experts to talk about finance's role in climate change. In this seminar we hear from: Hon. James Shaw: Hon. James Shaw: Co-leader of the Green Party and Minister for Climate Change. Richard Curtis: Make My Money Matter campaign founder, activist, and filmmaker.WATCH NOW
How to Use Your Investments to Help the Climate with Ronan McCabe, Niamh O'Flynn and Dean Anderson
What role can private finance play in the race to net zero emissions? Who is leading the way and what is the state of play?
Thursday 4th of November at 3pm
Join us for an informative session facilitated by Her Excellency Laura Clarke the British High Commissioner for a live update from COP26 and a panel discussion with leading New Zealand investors on the path to Net Zero Emissions.
Limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels requires a whole economy transition – every company, bank, insurer and investor will have to adjust their business models, develop credible plans for the transition and implement them. In this session you’ll learn more about the role of private finance in meeting our collective goals for an equitable and low emissions economy.WATCH NOW
Rod Oram Live from COP26: Will the Glasgow Agreement mobilise finance for climate action?
Wednesday 10th of November at 8pm
Time is running out. Instead of the steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions we need, the level of emissions keeps rising.
The Climate Summit COP26 is a crucial opportunity to put the Paris Agreement into action and prevent climate chaos.
In the final few days of the summit, business journalist Rod Oram will report on the progress of negotiations, the prospects for real progress and the future implications for finance.WATCH NOW
Leveraging mainstream funds for social housing
New Zealand’s largest cities have some of the least affordable housing in the world. Over the past 20 years, home ownership rates have fallen across all age bands, but especially younger people. This seminar will look at the role of KiwiSaver funds and investment funds as a potential source of funding to build social housing.
The panel are all involved in exciting developments that are set to ramp up private finance and the provision of social housing.
Investing for positive impact:New directions for Impact Investment in New Zealand
The growth of impact investment internationally and in New Zealand has been remarkable. There is a wide range of different types of approaches and funds.
This seminar will examine two examples of new impact funds being developed for New Zealand investors.
The panelists include:
Facilitated by Barry Coates, CEO of Mindful Money.WATCH NOW
Impact Investment: How we can scale up in Aotearoa
It’s an attractive proposition – create positive outcomes for the climate, society and the environment, and also earn a financial return.
The problem is that there, so far, are few opportunities for investors in Aotearoa.
Impact investment is still in its infancy here although it is growing rapidly internationally. Our panel will discuss ways to scale up and grow the impact sector while maintaining the integrity of the term ‘impact investing’.
We will look at the need for impact funds to support exciting start-ups and SMEs; the market opportunities; the need for a supportive policy environment; and the role of the public in creating demand for investment opportunities.
We have a great panel to discuss these issues, facilitated by Barry Coates, CEO of Mindful Money
Gender perspectives on investment
Women are renowned for being savvy shoppers. So it may not be surprising that when women do invest, they are often better investors.
So, how come Kiwi women are more likely to retire into poverty?
For our next seminar, we welcome an incredibly experienced panel to discuss what women-orientated investment looks like, and how we can tackle the barriers that women often face in investing.
Facilitated by Bridget Coates, founder of Arc Angels, which connects investors with female entrepreneurs.
Modern Slavery and the investment response
Modern slavery refers to different forms of institutional slavery that still occurs in societies around the world, including Aotearoa New Zealand.
It deprives around 40 million people worldwide of freedom and human rights and leads to massive suffering, particularly amongst women and girls.
This seminar will discuss the response to modern slavery through the work of trade unions, businesses and investors, at a time when there are growing calls for the New Zealand government to legislate
We will be talking with:
Using investment to tackle trafficking and exploitation
Almost 5 million people are enslaved in forced commercial sexual exploitation worldwide - the vast majority are women and children.
Tearfund is a charity that tackles trafficking and other forms of modern slavery through the five P’s approach: prevention, prosecution, protection, policy, and partnership with grassroots organisations.
Their work is supported by a new fund recently launched by Nikko Asset Management, the Freedom Fund.
This seminar will talk about the campaign to combat child trafficking and the role of investment in providing support.
Join us as we talk to:
Bringing the power of investment to improve ESG performance
It is now common practice for responsible investment managers to engage with businesses to improve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.
However, the involvement of larger investors and collaborative action is now raising the power of engagement to another level. Investors have recently flexed their influence at Exxon’s AGM to replace three directors, persuaded companies to set emissions reduction targets, forced changes in social media companies in the wake of the Christchurch terrorism, and supported climate action through the Transition Pathway initiative.
This seminar will look at whether this is ushering in a major change in global corporate governance and responsible investing.
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Are you concerned about whether your money is invested in Russia?
Recently there has been intense concern from the public over whether their money is supporting the Kremlin.
Mindful Money’s analysis showed that hundreds of KiwiSaver and investment funds were still invested in Russian government bonds and companies linked to the Putin regime during the build-up of troops around Ukraine’s border. As a result, the value of their investments has plummeted and their reputations have been damaged.
Join us as we dive deeper into investment in Russia, and the response from the finance industry.
We will be talking with:
Tanya Gilchrist, Financial Adviser at Decision MakersWATCH NOW
|Did you know that your KiwiSaver could be financing the production of nuclear weapons?|
With Russia threatening their use to bolster their invasion of Ukraine, and nuclear tensions also high between India and Pakistan, North Korea and USA, and China and USA - there hasn't been a better time to make sure you're not supporting the production of nuclear weapons.
Join us as we talk with Alyn Ware, who has gained a reputation for his international work on disarmament and peace, including playing a leading role in nuclear disarmament initiatives at the United Nations, International Court of Justice, and key parliaments around the world.
Are you Supporting Animal Cruelty through your investments?
Animal testing is a cruel and inhumane practice that results in the suffering and death of hundreds of thousands of animals every year.
But did you know that your KiwiSaver could be inadvertently supporting this practice?
Investing in Green Property
Buildings play a crucial role in sustainability and our wellbeing. Commercial buildings account for the largest share of carbon emissions from the built environment, which is up to 20% of New Zealand’s gross emissions on a life cycle basis. This seminar will look at Precinct’s pathway towards sustainability in the commercial building sector, the development of higher standards and different forms of certification.
As well as opportunities for retail investors to invest directly in green property funds, green buildings are a growing part of mainstream ethical investment funds. Milford will discuss how investment funds engage with property companies in supporting sustainability and encouraging higher standards.
Join us as we talk with:
Standards for Ethical Investing
What is meant by ethical or responsible investing is not universally agreed, and the lack of clarity causes confusion amongst investors.
For much of the finance sector, responsible investing means managing financial risks from environmental, social, and governance factors, while for individual investors, ethical investing means improving the real world impact of investment on issues including climate change, sustainability and inequality.
This seminar will outline the main ethical investment strategies and discuss progress on the development of standards for each.
We will be talking with:
Investing with a te Ao Māori perspective
Mātauranga Māori is a body of knowledge encapsulating life experiences that form the basis of Māori identity, language, cultural practices and value systems.
The development of distinctive Māori approaches to sustainability and ethical investment are not only important to tangata whenua, but also to the broader investment community and the public.
Join us for a panel discussion with:
Using investment to drive down emissions and support climate solutions
One of the most powerful ways that individuals can act to reduce their carbon footprint is through their investments.
Many of the KiwiSaver and retail investment providers, including Russell Investments, have targets to reduce their emissions, using their selection of low carbon investments, engaging with companies and investing in climate solutions.
The government-funded NZ Green Investment Finance is making investments to support a range of companies leading the way in reducing climate emissions.
Join us for a panel discussion talking with:
Join us for a panel discussion on nature based investing, covering the reasons why to focus on investments in nature; the spectrum of investment impacts from harm to regeneration; initiatives at the international and New Zealand levels; and opportunities for both investment returns and contributing to healthy natural systems..
Crypto beyond bitcoin
Amidst the debates over bitcoin investment, speculation and climate impacts, there is broader and potentially far more significant set of opportunities emerging from the world of proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies and decentralised autonomous organisations.
Our panel will provide insights into the disruptive impact of these emergent trends, the changes they are catalysing and the implications for investment risks and opportunities.
We will be joined by: