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Impact Investing Network

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

This edition covers: New NAB Deputy Chair; RIAA and Mindful Money events and research on responsible investing; impact investment deals; IPCC report implications; and more! 

IIN updates

NAB in the community


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

Katie Beith is new NAB Deputy Chair

It is with pleasure that we announce Katie Beith has been appointed as the Deputy Chair of the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing. 

Katie joined the NAB in October 2020 and is delighted to continue her contribution to the NAB and the impact investing sector as Deputy Chair. “I’m excited to be the NAB’s Deputy Chair and continue to build on the momentum of impact investing at this important time for Aotearoa New Zealand”.


Katie will be the Deputy Chair for the next six months with the NAB operating a rotating Deputy Chair role to make full use of the diverse skills of its members. Read more.

Events and Programmes


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

RI Aotearoa NZ conference - early bird tickets until 31 August 2022


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 with the date rescheduled to Wednesday 28 September 2022 in Auckland. Early bird rates are available until 31 August 2022.
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IIN breakfast event - save the date for Wed, 28 Sep 2022  


With the generous support of RIAA, the IIN will again host a breakfast event, just before the RI Aotearoa NZ conference at the same venue (Hilton Auckland). 

Save the date, which has been rescheduled, for Wednesday 28 September, 7:15am. We'll provide a registration link later in the year.

Aotearoa New Zealand

CarbonCrop raisess $1.9m to make carbon credits more accessible


CarbonCrop raised $1.9m from WNT Ventures Fund 3, Impact Enterprise Fund, K1W1 and Icehouse Ventures Climate Fund. Following on from its $1.5m seed round.

CarbonCrop makes carbon credits more accessible to landholders. They aim to increase native forestry in New Zealand, increasing the carbon sequestered from our atmosphere in the process. Read more.

 

RIAA and Mindful Money study reveals what investors really want  


From Values to Riches 2022: Charting consumer demand for responsible investing in Aotearoa New Zealand, reveals that 73% of Kiwis expect their investments to be ethical or responsible, with the majority considering moving funds if their values and interests do not align.

The survey shows that half the population are concerned that fund providers are greenwashing and making misleading claims. With more than half of the population more willing to invest ethically and responsibly if financial products were certified or labelled as responsible or ethical by an independent third party. Read more, watch webinar video and access slides.

Global Perspective

Do we need both ESG and Impact Investment?


Not OR. But AND. Why we need both ESG and impact investing to solve our big challenges, according to Impact Entrepreneur piece. 

"The planet and our fellow inhabitants don’t care about waiting for the perfect answer or promised solution – they care about concrete action, measurable progress, and radical transparency". Read more.

An accessible article outlining the similarities and differences between ESG and impact investing and why it matters. 

 

IPCC report - at best "it's now or never" to limit climate warming


The third and final instalment of the IPCC's latest report has been released. Spoiler alert: this trilogy doesn't have a happy ending.

At best, it's "now or never". IPCC vice-chair Dr Andy Reisinger told Radio New Zealand, "The time has now run out. If we don't achieve deep and rapid reductions during this decade, much more so than we're currently planning to collectively, then limiting warming to 1.5 degrees is out of reach".

We can still rewrite the ending. There is progress, just not fast enough. The level of emissions growth has slowed, globally there has been a rapid uptake of solar and wind energy technologies. Investment is being redirected to sustainable and impact investments.

This RNZ article, with interviews with experts, provides practical steps for sectors, governments and individuals to take. This includes the need for global investment to increase dramatically, as it's currently six times lower than it needs to be. Also see Newsroom article

 

Education


A selection of educational research and content on impact investing.
Mindful Money: Mindful Money hosted a series of webinars on making money a force for good including: setting standards to build trust with ethical investing; investing with Te Ao Māori perspectives. Access recordings

Impact Investing Australia: Climate A Roadmap for Australian Investors, is a comprehensive report from Impact Investing Australia outlining how to invest to achieve gender equity, racial equity, diversity and inclusion. Read more

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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