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Welcome to the July edition of impact investing news in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

This edition covers: John McCarthy's departing thoughts; IIN Showcase #1; Exciting new events!; Apply for Ākina Impact Investment Readiness Programme; CoGo targeting additional funding; ImpactLab's mission; Private equities role in a maturing sustainable investing market; New IMP resources; TNFD beta v0.2; and more! 

IIN updates

NAB in the community


Highlights of the activities the Impact Investing Network (IIN) team and Advisory Board have been involved in recently.

John McCarthy's departing thoughts 

John McCarthy has stepped down from his position on the NAB to enable him to focus on the many other initiatives he contributes to. Before his departure we asked him to reflect on his time with the NAB and the importance of impact investing. Read more

Breaking new ground in impact investing - IIN Showcase #1

Every couple of months the IIN plans to tap into the minds of impact investing managers pioneering the impact investing space in New Zealand to share key insights with the IIN community. The purpose is to showcase how funds are strategically thinking about impact investing and demonstrate unique techniques and thought processes to demonstrate impact, meet financial returns, and foster a credible investing practice. This month we were fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Peter Watson, CFO of New Ground Capital (NGC). Read the full in-depth showcase here

Tan Huynh appears in Creative Welly - Episode #34

Watch Tan Huynh and Bernadette Casey, textile and circular economy specialist and co-founder of UsedFULLY, discuss their respective sustainability insights in episode #34 of Creative Welly

Events and Programmes


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

Ākina Impact Investment Readiness Programme - applications open 29 Jul


If your business exists to create positive outcomes in people’s lives or for the environment and you have plans to seek investment, this programme is for you.

Successful applicants receive up to $30,000 to spend on professional support needed to get ready to secure investment. Applications open on Friday 29 July and will be assessed on a rolling basis throughout July and August 2022.  Get your application in before all the available support is allocated. Apply here
Apply

Impact Enterprise Fund's Impact Investing in Action Showcase - 9 Aug (Auckland)


At this event you will see what can be achieved by backing ground-breaking enterprises delivering real world outcomes with measurable impact and uncompromised financial gains. With 10 of the country’s most exciting impact enterprises in the IEF portfolio, IEF wants to bring impact investing to life by putting them on display and giving you the opportunity to interact with the founders, teams and products.

You will be able to take a spin in a ZeroJet, see how Tether’s technology assesses the venue’s building performance, understand the nuts and bolts of Cropsy’s AI-powered computer vision product, and more. This event will be held at Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, r
egister for this event here
Register

The Housing Crisis and How Impact Investing Can Help us Solve It - 24 Aug (Auckland)


INFINZ welcomes you to attend an Auckland in-person event at Forsyth Barr to discuss an overview of how fund managers and KiwiSaver managers are using impact investing to make a positive difference to the growing housing and rental crisis facing the country. NAB member, Katie Beith, will be joining the panel to discuss her perspectives in this area. Please note that this event is limited to 60 people, so a wait list may apply (members are free and non-members cost $80). Register Here
Register

RI Aotearoa NZ conference - discount code, early bird tickets - 28 Sep (Auckland)


RIAA's (Responsible Investment Association Australasia) conference is an annual highlight, with the largest responsible gathering in Aotearoa New Zealand. It'll be held in-person on Wednesday 28 September 2022 in Auckland. Early bird rates are available until 31 August 2022. The full programme will be announced soon, but here are the kinds of sessions RIAA is planning at this year's conference, read more.

RIAA have kindly provided Impact Investing Network subscribers with a 25% discount, in addition to the early bird price. Register and apply discount code RIANZ22IIN25.
Register with discount

IIN breakfast event - 28 Sep (Auckland)


The IIN will host a breakfast event, just before the RI Aotearoa NZ conference at the same venue. 

It'll be an ideal opportunity to network with the impact investing community and get updated on: the latest
impact investing case studies, deals and market developments; and the Impact Principles project, to provide guidelines for investors on the principles of impact investing in the Aotearoa NZ context - a collaboration between the IIN, Toitū Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance and PwC

Thanks very much to our friends at RIAA for their generous support of the event. Register.
Register

Aotearoa New Zealand

Carbon tracking firm Cogo targets NZD$48m capital raise 


Cogo targets NZD$48m raise from impact investors to continue its growth, and positive impact through reducing carbon footprints. Read more.

ImpactLab CEO is on a mission to help charities do good, better

ImpactLab chief executive, Maria English, explains the concept of social value, something her company seeks to quantify in dollar terms for charities to show the impact of their interventions. Through its product GoodMeasure, ImpactLab offers a social return on investment (SROI) figure for each of the charitable programmes it assesses. So far, more than 150 groups have gone through the rigorous six-month process. Read More

The climate time limit on New Zealand real estate
As large companies, banks and insurers adapt to the first stages of climate-disclosure legislation, many are seeing it as an opportunity rather than a hindrance. Read More
 

Global Perspective

Private equity should take the lead in sustainability 

new Harvard Business Review paper, “Private Equity Should Take the Lead in Sustainability” by Robert Eccles, Vinay Shandal, David Young and Benedicte Montgomery argues how, and why, private equity must lead on integrating sustainability. 

A huge opportunity for private equity, and for society, now exists. Private equity has moved far beyond its Wall Street niche to become a major player in the global economy. Because the industry is now so large, society won’t be able to tackle climate change and other major challenges without the active participation of private-equity firms and their portfolio companies. Private equity’s business model gives it clear advantages over investors in public equities when it comes to implementing a sustainability agenda. Read more

Can private equity firms meet the responsible investing expectations of their investors?

A recent survey of LPs by INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative found that 90% of them factor ESG into their investment decisions and 77% use it as a criterion in selecting general partners. Many LPs are developing more-sophisticated approaches to evaluating the ESG capabilities of their GPs, and some are helping them improve their ESG capabilities.

International Limited Partners Association (ILPA) ESG Assessment Framework 

ILPA released this ESG Assessment Framework as a resource for limited partners looking to build a tool to evaluate and understand the various stages of ESG integration that peers are observing among general partners in the market today. It is designed to help LPs evaluate and benchmark GP responses to due diligence efforts, inform goal-setting conversations with GPs and measure ESG integration progress over time.

Education


A selection of impact investing educational research and resources.
BlueMark and Capital Monitor: Impact investing is on the rise but is also facing more scrutiny and, increasingly, scepticism amid a backlash against ESG investing more broadly. Growing investor adoption and verification of impact management practices will help the market, says a new report by BlueMark. Read more.

Institute of Directors - New Zealand: A thought piece on why measuring ESG is crucial for business. Read more

Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD): At the end of June, the TNFD released beta v0.2 of The TNFD Nature-Related Risk and Opportunity Management and Disclosure Framework. Read More

Impact Management Project (IMP) adds additional resources: The IMP has added additional resources to their website to assist investors, financial institutions as well as other organisations to manage their sustainability impacts. Explore Here.  

Partner with us on impact investing activities


Have a look at our planned activities and contact Tan Huynh, our IIN Manager, to get involved and contribute to growing the impact investing community.
 
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