How to tell an ethical KiwiSaver from a greenwashed one
Fri Feb. 7th 2020
83% of us expect our KiwiSaver to be invested responsibly. But if you've ever tried to find a good ethical fund, you'll know it's not as simple as it sounds. For one thing, everyone has different ethics. For another, companies report on different things in different ways, because there's no legal standard on how to report ethical issues.
Retirement commissioner rejects raising superannuation age
Tue Feb. 4th 2020
The Retirement Review has called for the government to increase resources at the office of the Retirement Commissioner, the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC), and fund the financial research charity Mindful Money.
When will the business elite walk the talk?
Tue Feb. 4th 2020
The elite attendees at the Davos forum can talk a good talk on sustainability but, with other business leaders and investors, many are happy to leave actual change to others.
Is KiwiSaver still important in the age of lifelong renters
Tue Dec. 31st 2019
KiwiSaver can also be an easy way to stage a small-scale protest write Alice Webb-Liddall for the Spinoff, who found it surprising to learn that many KiwiSaver funds invest in areas like fossil fuels, weaponry and human rights abuses.
'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.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to tell an ethical KiwiSaver from a greenwashed one
Wed Oct. 30th 2019
NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to check that your retirement fund is only funding companies you're okay with, speaking to Barry Coates Founder and CEO, Mindful Money.
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.