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.
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.