Over the year to 31 March 2018 Macquarie (ASX:MQG) invested in and arranged over A$9.5 billion in renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology, with over 12,546MW of diversified renewable energy assets in operation or under its management. It further committed to the growth of the clean energy sector through the acquisition of the UK Green Investment Bank during its last financial year. While community giving isn’t formally part of our investment criteria as such, it is worth noting that the Macquarie Foundation has given a total of A$330m together with its staff to community groups and charities from its inception in 1985 up to the end of FY18. Macquarie is within the investment universe of the Ethical Partners Australian Share Fund.
While the response to climate change risk by regulators, financial institutions and publicly listed companies is welcome, it currently is not enough to ensure a safe climate. This submission provides a comprehensive assessment of the current risks relating to Australia's key export sectors.
It is estimated that 100 pairs of hands touch your clothes before they arrive in your wardrobe. That’s 100 people at risk of modern slavery, poor working conditions, and exploitation. Ethical Partners has recently signed the Investor Statement in Support of the maintenance and expansion of the Bangladesh Accord.
During March 2021 the Fund returned 3.07% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of 2.30%, outperforming the market by 0.77%. An overweight position in consumer staples and an underweight position in materials contributed to relative performance while an overweight position in financials and an underweight position in consumer discretionary detracted from relative performance. The Fund is +20% over the last six months.
Globally, 15% of the population are persons with disabilities. The labor force participation rate globally for people with disabilities sits at 32.8% compared to 77.1% for those without disabilities. We believe it is imperative that investors use their shareholder voice to raise the awareness of this important diversity issue and help companies to improve their inclusion.