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Welcome to the April edition of impact investing news in Aotearoa NZ and globally.

To celebrate the travel bubble and ANZAC day we're featuring trans-Tasman impact investment news alongside the usual updates.

There's been plenty of sector activity with reports released today by Philanthropy New Zealand and The Impact Initiative. So you'll need a extra mug of coffee/tea for this edition!

IIN updates

NAB in the community

Our National Advisory Board (NAB) members are active contributors to the impact investing sector and wider economy, in NZ and globally. 

Mission Aotearoa webinar

The Mission Aotearoa: Mapping our Future webinar was a collaboration between Callaghan Innovation and the McGuinness Institute. It marked the the tenth anniversary of Sir Paul Callaghan’s keynote address on the type of country and economy New Zealanders wanted.

Jamie Newth spoke about the contribution of impact investment to NZ through: investing in entrepreneurship with a purpose; the government creating a wholesale impact fund; changing the role of entrepreneurial ecosystems in economic development. View Jamie's talk (1 hour 7 minutes into the webinar). 

Aotearoa Impact Sector webinar

As part of the Aotearoa Impact Sector webinar, Louise Aitken outlined the The Impact Initiative's recommendations to government to continue the growth of impact investing and enterprises through: impact investment ready enterprises, coinvestment impact funds, an organisation to lead sustainable finance and impact investment activities. Access Louise's talk (5m.10s into the webinar), and the report The Impact Initiative: A Roadmap for Impact (released today).

GSG pensions fund working group

Katie Beith represented the NZ NAB on a pensions fund working group facilitated by the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG). This global collaboration facilitated knowledge sharing on helping pension funds break down the barriers to impact investing. A summary of the working group's recommendations and variety of resources can be accessed here.

Upcoming events

Discover the latest trends and connect with the impact investing community at these upcoming events.

Webinar - impact investment measurement

Thank you to participants of the impact investment measurement webinar held on 15 April. 

The slides and recording, from the presentation part of the webinar, can be accessed here
View recording

IIN breakfast event - a few spaces left

A reminder to those already registered for IIN breakfast event on Wednesday 2 June, 7:15am-8:30am - please put this date into your calendars. This date change has been aligned with the Responsible Investment Association Australasia's (RIAA) conference on the same day, at the same venue.

For those not registered. There’s a few places left so please
register to reserve your place. 

IIN members can also access
upcoming events on the IIN website.


Mindful Money Awards

The inaugural Mindful Money Awards celebrate the role that ethical and impact investing are playing in making money a force for good. 

The Impact Investing Network is pleased be partner with the Awards. To honour the funds and the individuals who are making responsible investing the new normal and impact investing the progressive frontier.

Entries are open for the the Awards and close on Monday 10 May 2021, 5pm. There are multiple categories, including the Best Impact Investment Fund. 

Awards winners will be announced at a presentation event starting at 3:30pm on Tuesday 29 June 2021 at GridAKL, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland. Register for event.

Enter Awards

Aotearoa NZ Impact Investments

Waikato Wellbeing Project - implementing the SDGs in your region.

The Waikato Wellbeing Project (WWP) is a regional initiative to achieve 10 wellbeing targets linked to the United Nations (UN)  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This project has been acknowledged as New Zealand leading and supported by Finance Minister Grant Robertson, saying “That’s why the Waikato Wellbeing Project is so important because it is that grassroots driving of: what is wellbeing, how do we measure it, what are the indicators. and what are the projects we need to invest in?".

Recently Raewyn Jones, co-chair and co-founder of the WWP, explored its co-design process at an online workshop. “We will turn the targets into action,” Jones said. “That will take time and energy and it will require us to measure and report against the targets.”. 

The online workshop about the WWP, 
as part of the Aotearoa NZ SDG Summit, can be viewed here. To get involved with the WWP please email Harvey Brookes, Executive Director of the WWP.
Get involved with WWP

New Zealand Green Investment Finance invests $10m into solarZero

New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) has invested $10 million into solarZero, a solar energy services company, complementing existing finance by Westpac NZ. 

The investment accelerates development of solarZero's technology to provide households with access to solar energy without the upfront costs. Through real-time monitoring the technology helps to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Further details of the investment can be accessed at NZGIF.


Global Perspective

Trans-tasman spirit

To acknowledge the opening of the trans-Tasman travel bubble and Anzac Day we're featuring Australia and New Zealand impact investment collaborations. What better place to start than inviting Simon O'Connor to share his thoughts. 

Simon is a founding member of the NZ NAB and CEO of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). He has a fascinating background at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability. 

As someone who operates at the intersection of worlds, we’re delighted to have Simon share his unique perspective on the intersection of the impact investing in Australia and New Zealand, which can be accessed here.

SDG reporting for top NZX and ASX companies

A recently released report by thinkstep-anz provides a snapshot of how the top 50 companies from the NZX (New Zealand's Exchange) and ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) are reporting on the SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) today. 

Key findings include: 56 of the Australia and New Zealand's top 100 companies use SDGs in their reporting; only a third of the companies using SDGs have set KPIs and even less with quantitative targets, the number of companies choosing SDGs has increased 20% over the 18-month research period.



Griffith Business School - The Yunus Centre

The Yunus Centre, part of Griffith University in Australia, has produced an accessible series of 'provocations' and resources to initiate conversation on impact investing.

Impact Investment in Action research - released today

The report Impact Investment in Action - Insights from the field in Aotearoa was released today and prepared by The Connective for Philanthropy New Zealand(PNZ) and funded by WEL Energy Trust.

The purpose of this research was to inform investors and philanthropic organisations about impact investing. There is a focus on the cross-sector partnerships and collaborations initiated by the philanthropic sector with the following case studies: Soul Capital's Awhi Fund, Impact Enterprise Fund, New Zealand Housing Foundation, Te Pai Roa Tika o Te Taitokerau.

Alastair Rhodes, PNZ’s representative on the NZ NAB, highlights the importance of this research, "This research shows the philanthropy sector leading system changes and collaborations to improve inclusiveness in Aotearoa New Zealand through impact investment".

The report can be accessed and downloaded here.

Partner with IIN events 

To continue growing the impact investment community we'd welcome ideas and partnerships for future events and education resources. Please contact Tan Huynh if you have topics and/or would like to partner with future impact investing events.
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