The United Nations environment finance initiative produced a 2023 case study on Ethical Partners. They profiled only five global managers - Cathay Life Insurance Co., Ltd., Ethical Partners Funds Management, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), SuMi TRUST AM, and SURA Investments. They congratulated Ethical Partners on our continued leadership in climate-oriented initiatives.
We are proud to share this detailed report on our Engagement, Voting and Advocacy activities over the past 18 months, including our 444 company engagements with over 165 different companies on numerous areas of ESG risk, opportunity and impact.
Ethical Partners believes that the companies in which we invest have a fundamental responsibility to support the health of their employees, their customers and the communities in which they operate. This report, authored by batyr, looks in depth at the issue of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and includes a best practice framework for companies.
A new report released today shows there is an overwhelming lack of attention being given by Australian companies on the impacts their business has on children, with less than 1% having a specific commitment to respecting children’s rights further than just child labour.
Part B of the Report offers guidance for companies in ten steps on how they can better protect and respect children’s rights throughout their own operations. These areas include guidance on: governance and commitment, managing impacts on children’s rights, and reporting and disclosure.
We believe that if investors are demanding transparency, accountability, disclosure and attention to Modern Slavery within their operations, that we as investors must also be transparent and accountable as to how we address modern slavery ourselves.
We have published the 2021 Ethical Partners Engagement, Stewardship and SDG Impact Report which details Ethical Partners' 317 direct ESG engagements with 100 companies over the period July 2020-September 2021.
This reporting season it was very clear to see the acceleration of ESG issues across the entire ASX. Far from being the domain of the investor meeting with the sustainability team, or the once-a-year Sustainability Report, ESG is now front and centre of more than half of all ASX Reporting Season presentations and earnings calls.
The Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 requires certain entities based, or operating in Australia, to report annually on the risks of Modern Slavery in their operations and supply chains, and actions to address those risks. Other entities, based or operating in Australia may report voluntarily. Whilst Ethical Partners does not meet the threshold for mandatory reporting, we have chosen to report voluntarily, as we believe that investors, asset managers and the financial sector have a crucial role to play in addressing Modern Slavery.
COVID-19 demonstrates the importance of well-funded health care, social protection systems and the value of transparency in data and decision-making. Now more than ever, governments need revenues from taxation to fund essential public services for their citizens. Tax avoidance, offshore secrecy, and tax breaks to attract investment all divert potential revenues. The OECD has identified the extractive industries as the world’s most corrupt economic sector. The starting point for tackling corruption, poor governance and tax non-compliance in the extractives sector is transparency. Click through to full report.
The team at Ethical Partners has produced a major report to discuss overall Australian company ethical standards and reporting. The 26 page report gives good insight into company standards – particularly in the less researched small and mid-cap space. Our team has applied our investment process across more than 200 companies, which has involved assessing almost 3,000 individual data points and undertaking over 350 company meetings in the past year.