Media

'One and done' attitude stalling women's advance in the boardroom

Tue Nov. 19th 2019

The New Zealand Census of Women on Boards, by Dr Judy McGregor, barrister Cat MacLennan and Sam Stubbs from the Simplicity KiwiSaver scheme, shows that the boards of the top 100 publicly listed companies are still overwhelmingly male and Pākehā.

Growing popularity of ethical and responsible investing

Wed Oct. 30th 2019

The growing popularity of ethical and responsible investing appears to be being felt in investment fund decisions and company behaviour.

Survey finds New Zealanders demanding ethical Kiwisaver investments

Wed Oct. 30th 2019

New Zealanders are prepared to switch KiwiFund providers if they find their investments don't match their values, a new survey has revealed.

Global investment funds driving increased fossil fuel investment

Tue Oct. 29th 2019

From Nine to Noon, Radio NZ 29 October 2019 Climate change awareness and action is on the rise, but to what extent are New Zealanders investing in one of the main drivers of climate change - the fossil fuel industry?

The KiwiSaver scheme 'controversy-rating' all its investments

Mon Oct. 28th 2019

By Rob Stock in Stuff 28 October 2019 CareSaver uses Sustainalytics to help it avoid companies investing in industries its investors wish to avoid, such as tobacco, factory farming, controversial as well as civilian weapons, fossil fuels, gambling, and animal-testing. But it’s also using the Dutch company to give companies a controversy rating.

Eight in 10 KiwiSavers expect no human rights abusers or tax-dodgers in their funds

Mon Oct. 28th 2019

The latest survey by Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) and Mindful Money shows 83 per cent of investors expect their KiwiSaver or other investments to be invested responsibly and ethically as a matter of course, and for the first time that included avoiding companies that didn't pay their fair share of tax.

Is your KiwiSaver fund fueling climate change?

Fri Oct. 25th 2019

By Tamsyn Parker in NZ Herald 25 October 2019 KiwiSaver funds have more than $500 million invested in the 20 biggest fossil fuel producers which have been linked to a third of all carbon emissions in the modern era, research has found.

KiwiSaver funds still have exposure to nuclear weapons industry

Thu Oct. 24th 2019

Investments in companies involved with nuclear weapons still feature in dozens of KiwiSaver funds. ANZ, ASB, AMP, BNZ, Kiwi Wealth and Westpac were among those with funds still tainted with exposure to the nuclear arms industry, despite a growing number of New Zealanders saying they don’t want their superannuation funds invested unethically.

KiwiSaver is changing to match Kiwis' moral values, but needs to go further

Wed Oct. 9th 2019

KiwiSaver fund providers still lag the government-run NZ Super Fund's ethical lead, and there's growing pressure on KiwiSaver providers to go further in cleaning up their funds.

Funds label system needed to avoid KiwiSaver 'greenwashing'

Mon Sept. 30th 2019

The taxpayer-funded Commission for Financial Capability finds KiwiSaver funds’ claims to be socially and environmentally responsible are not clearly matched by their documentation.

Women are more likely to invest responsibly

Sun Sept. 29th 2019

Rob Stock looks at research by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) finding more women than men expect their KiwiSaver funds to be invested responsibly and ethically regardless of whether they were in a fund that was badged as socially responsible.

Mary Holm's Q&A NZ Herald Column

Sat Sept. 21st 2019

Finance guru Mary Holm tells a reader how Mindful Money can help find out what’s in their current KiwiSaver fund as well as how to find one that fits their values.

Baby Boomers just as interested in ethical investing as Millennials

Fri Sept. 20th 2019

An article in Stuff looks at how older New Zealanders (aged over 50) are more likely than average to expect their investments to be made responsibly and ethically by fund and KiwiSaver managers. They also say they’re more likely to choose the KiwiSaver provider they perceive is best on sustainability.

Taking a more ethical stand with your Kiwisaver

Tue Sept. 17th 2019

Alice Webb-Liddell in the Spinoff looks at how increasing the transparency in our investment funds will make ethical investing easier. And not only is it increasingly possible to invest ethically, it is likely to be more profitable.

RNZ Radio 5 Sept 2019 | Mary Holm

Thu Sept. 5th 2019

Finance guru Mary Holm talks to Jesse Mulligan about Mindful Money's conference and website, and how to make sure your KiwiSaver is invested responsibly.

RNZ Radio 27 June 2019 | Mary Holm

Thu June 27th 2019

Finance guru Mary Holm talks to Jesse Mulligan about new developments in ethical investing, including Mindful Money's new website.

Kiwisaver: Are you investing in guns?

Mon March 25th 2019

Following the terror attack in Christchurch, people have focused on the role of weapons in our society. An article in Stuff today looks at Kiwisaver investment funds and states that out of the 254 funds on the market, just 16 are weapons free.

How to go weapons-free in your KiwiSaver portfolio

Sun March 24th 2019

An article in Stuff today looks at the prevalence of weapons in KiwiSaver funds. The large majority of KiwiSavers wanted gun-free KiwiSaver schemes even before the shootings in Christchurch, but providers have not responded.

Use your Money for Good: news round-up

Sun Dec. 16th 2018

An update on some of the latest news on responsible investment: Climate talks in Poland, the government's Green Investment Fund, and Pure Advantage's roadmap for impact investing.

A return to values

Mon Oct. 22nd 2018

Investors are looking to align their investments with their values, writes Tom McKinlay in the Otago Daily Times.

Ethical (or responsible) investings

Thu Sept. 20th 2018

Finance guru Mary Holm talks about ethical investment and Mindful Money's survey.

New KiwiSaver tool to help investors avoid animal cruelty, gambling and porn

Tue Sept. 18th 2018

Investors who want to avoid having their money in gambling, pornography or companies involved in animal cruelty or human rights abuse will be able to match their values to a KIwiSaver fund under a new online tool, writes Tamsyn Parker in the Herald.