On 21st June this year, Ethical Partners was present in the Upper House of the NSW Parliament to watch the passage of the Modern Slavery Bill, Australia’s first legislation on Modern Slavery. This historic legislation is a very positive first step in addressing the issue, and Ethical Partners strongly welcomes the requirements within this bill for enhanced corporate reporting on slavery within supply chains. Several week later, Ethical Partners was also honoured to meet with the Hon.Paul Green MLC, who championed the NSW legislation, in his offices in Parliament. We enjoyed this opportunity to discuss with him the implications of this Bill for company reporting, and how Ethical Partners can help support the application of this legislation in their dealings with companies. We very much look forward to the enhanced reporting and deeper conversation around the issues of supply chain transparency that this legislation can provide.
A week later, a separate Modern Slaverly Bill was introduced to the Australian Parliament on 28 June 2018 by the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Alex Hawke MP. Debate on the Bill will occur in the second half of 2018.
Key elements of the Federal Modern Slavery Bill include:
The Bill does not include:
(Source for details of the Federal Bill: Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, July 2018)
The tragic human rights situation currently unfolding in Myanmar holds particular significance to our Sustainability Analyst Georgina. Please read Georgie’s poignant thoughts on her visit to the camp, our expectations on our portfolio companies in regard to Myanmar, and why Ethical Partners has recently signed on to the Investor Statement on Human Rights and Business Activities in Myanmar.
As members of the Investor Group on Climate Change, Ethical Partners Funds Management strongly endorses its new roadmap released today in conjunction with the CDP and the Principles for Responsible Investment. It is entitled: "Confusion to clarity: A plan for mandatory TCFD-aligned disclosure in Australia".
During May 2021 the Fund returned 1.56% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of 2.31%, underperforming the market by -0.75%. An underweight position in IT and an overweight position in Westpac contributed to relative performance while an overweight position in Consumer Staples and an underweight position in CBA detracted from relative performance.