I am a passionate and experienced financial services professional, committed to working with others to drive a real shift towards a sustainable, ethical and resilient financial system. I am also a husband, father of two children (and a dog!) and enjoy sport, cooking and brewing beer.
Professionally, I am the senior investment specialist for Stewart Investors, Sustainable Funds Group and founder of Altiorem. I was previously the head of responsible investment Asia Pacific for First Sentier Investors. I am director of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, sit on the coordinating working group of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, and am on the Advisory committee of UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Institute.
We are building Altiorem because we believe that to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, finance must play an important role with people inside and outside the industry advocating for and implementing the change we need. For this to happen the wealth of information which supports sustainable finance needs to be more accessible.
I hope Altiorem helps you in promoting sustainable finance – please let me know how we can make it better.
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Join us for the launch of Altiorem’s first report! The report highlights the limitations and misalignment of current business models with the objectives of a sustainable economy as defined by the Doughnut Economics model. Drawing from case studies, the report investigates how business models need to change to fit into a sustainable economy, and presents groundbreaking framework for companies and investors to assess an organisation’s alignment with a sustainable economy. Register below.
Nuclear power generates 70% of energy in France, 30% in Sweden and 19% in the US. Policies aiming to phase out nuclear power in Japan and South Korea have recently been reversed while 19 countries have nuclear reactors under construction. In Australia, however, nuclear energy has been banned since 1998. Do we need to rethink nuclear?
Gender equality continues to be a key issue that companies are being called on to address with public attention focused on issues like the gender pay gap, harassment, and a lack of representation. However, like other Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, some companies have been accused of overstating their progress or ‘gender washing’.
ESG stands for environmental, social and (corporate) governance, which spans a diverse range of issues from climate change, biodiversity and pollution (E) to human rights, diversity and employee engagement (S) to remuneration, board composition, and risk management (G).
Impact investing seeks to add value to society whilst also achieving financial returns. It is different from sustainable or ethical investing as it explicitly seeks to make a measurable positive social or environmental impact from the investment. Impact investing in recent years has begun to gain traction, with young investors most notably taking part. This article will explore impact investing, recent trends, and what the future holds for impact investing.