Money for Good Seminar
Welcome to the third series of Money for Good,
a seminar and podcast series where we cover how money can be used to shape a better world. 🌏
Following our successful seminar series in 2020 and 2021, 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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We're kicking off with a discussion centered around COP27 (the annual Climate Summit). Governments are faced with a huge challenge to set the framework for a rapid and fair transition to Net Zero.
However, the messaging on COP27 so far seems to center around lowering our expectations. This is of deep concern, especially at a time when we urgently need government leadership to accelerate climate action.
We have assembled different voices from COP27 to help us understand where real progress can be made. We will be covering climate justice for the Pacific and frontline communities, rules on international emissions trading, and financing for the climate transition.
Join us to hear from those at COP27, including:
This event will be hosted by Barry Coates, founder and CEO of Mindful Money.
Your KiwiSaver fund could be the largest polluter in your personal carbon footprint.
Your KiwiSaver invests mainly in companies, and they have very different impacts on the climate. Our latest research shows that your KiwiSaver could be the largest polluter in your personal carbon footprint, at 2.3 tonnes per year.
Join us to learn how to use your money to help the climate (while still making good returns!). We will be covering the different ways you can use your money to reduce emissions and fund climate solutions.
We'll be talking with
🎙️Sir. Jonathon Porrit, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future and writer of the best-selling book Hope in Hell
🎙️Dr. Sebastian Gehricke, Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Otago Business School
🎙️Rohan McMahon, from the Climate Venture Capital Fund on climate solutions
🎙️ Leah Keys, Investment Analyst at Mercer
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How your money can influence companies towards sustainability
When your KiwiSaver or investment fund uses your money for equity investments they buy shares in the company. That makes them a part owner of the company and gives them the power to vote their shares at Annual General Meetings. It also opens the door to influence company management and Boards through meetings and other forms of engagement. When this is done at a large scale it can influence companies by changing their policies or their Directors. More fund providers are now recognising they have a responsibility to influence companies towards higher social and environmental standards.
Most individual investors are not provided with the information to be able to understand how this works, and whether the change is real. New Zealand fund providers now have a Stewardship Code to guide good practice, and some experience of how engagement can be effective.
In this seminar, we will take a deep dive into this engagement or ‘stewardship’ process, to understand it from the perspective of the fund provider and the company.