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

This edition covers: Highlights from IIN's impact pitch and breakfast events; IIN's Showcase on Purpose Capital; Deloitte’s Impact Accelerator; NZ Super Fund moving billions into low carbon investments; New Zealand Sovereign Green Bond programme launched; and more! 

IIN updates

IIN in the Community

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

Check out IIN's Showcase #2 - Purpose Capital

This month we were fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase Purpose Capital by tapping into the minds of Stuart Pearson and Nick Pacey. Duke Euphrat had the pleasure to video interview Bill Murphy, Executive Director of Purpose Capital, to discuss his passion for impact investing, degrowth economic opportunities, impact measurement and management, and more! Read and watch interview here.

IIN events - Breakfast and Impact Pitch events

We've been busy hosting events in September, as part of our role, to connect and educate to grow the impact investing sector. 

The first was an impact pitch event, hosted by the IIN, Soul Capital and Forsyth Barr. The event showcased live investment opportunities from Critical Design, Cogo and New Ground Homes for Tamariki, that are putting a dent in Aotearoa's most pressing social and environmental issues. Highlights here.

The second was a breakfast event to preview the 'Guidelines and Principles for Impact Investment in New Zealand' report, a collaboration between the IIN, PwC and Toitū Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance. The full report will be released shortly. Highlights from event here.

It was standing room only at both events and is reflective of the growing community of impact investing practitioners.

RIAA conference - highlights

Impact was an integrated and central theme at the RIAA conference, the largest gathering of responsible and impact investors in Aotearoa.

At one session, our Advisory Board members Jo Kelly and and Jodi Hayward shared perspective changing thoughts at a session on Te Ao Māori approach to investing, some highlights here

At another session, our Advisory Board members Katie Beith and Simon O'Connor, shared an important initiative in 'Collaborating for Impact'. In response to the  Christchurch mosque attacks, it showed how New Zealand’s government-owned investors, supported by 105 global investors, began a collaborative effort to engage the world’s three largest social media companies (Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter), to strengthen controls to prevent the livestreaming and dissemination of objectionable content.

Events and Programmes

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

Register for Deloitte's Impact Accelerator

Deloitte’s Impact Accelerator connects purpose-driven enterprises and ventures with professional advisors who provide pro-bono services to support and strengthen the organisation's impact.

Projects completed through the Accelerator included developing a scalable Impact Management Framework for Treespace to track, measure and report its progress towards ESG outcomes. 
Watch here.

Deloitte are welcoming year-round applications and successful ventures will receive a customised package of professional services, a dedicated team and relationship manager, and access to mentorship and the Deloitte network. Read more and apply here.

Assembly of Investment Chairs - Tue 29 Nov (AKL)

The Otago Business School is hosting its annual Assembly of Investment Chairs on Tuesday 29 November 2022 in Auckland.

The event is an opportunity for Chairs and investment decision makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of investing to create real world impacts.

Registration is free for not-for-profit organisations, thanks to the NZ Super Fund, ACC, Precinct Properties and the Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) from the Otago Business School. Check programme and register by Friday 28 October 2022.


Aotearoa New Zealand

NZ Super Fund moves $25 billion into low carbon investments

The NZ Super Fund has shifted about $25 billion of passive equity investments into low carbon indexes as part of a push to more sustainable investment activity. This means about 40% of the fund's overall investment portfolio has been moved to market indexes that align with the Paris Agreement, the international climate change treaty. Read More

New Zealand Sovereign Green Bond programme launched

New Zealand’s Sovereign Green Bond Programme has been launched providing the opportunity to invest in projects that contribute to climate and environmental objectives. Read More.

The big challenge for NZ business

Privately-owned businesses are the backbone of the New Zealand economy and their sustainability ambitions, no matter how big or small, need to be supported, a senior bank executive believes. Read More

Newsroom - Net Zero: The Road to 2050 - Green money and greenwashing

"Sustainable finance: it's crazy important, and sometimes seriously flawed. In the fourth of our Net Zero: The Road to 2050 podcast series, we look at how the power to reach our carbon emissions targets could be in the hands of the bankers." Read and listen here!

Global Perspective

ESG Can't Square With Fiduciary Duty

United States State attorneys issue a strong warning to investment managers and retirement fund trustees. Read More 

Nearly 1 in 2 investors concerned with 'subjective' definition of sustainable investing

Fidelity International conducted a survey on sustainable investing with over 12,000 respondents across six APAC markets, including Australia, and what it found is that overall APAC investors are becoming increasingly positive towards the concept of sustainable investing. However, more than a third of investors feel there is a trade-off between investing sustainably and good returns.  Read More.

Sir Ronald Cohen, leading figure of social investments: "Impact Measurement is the way"

As part of the Group’s efforts to be a leader for the growing domain of impact investing, BNP Paribas has partnered with the UK NGO Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSG), chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, recognised as the father of the European venture capital industry and a pioneer of investments with positive impacts. Read More


A selection of impact investing educational research and resources.

The Impact Initiative (Ākina)A treasure trove of free how-to resources for impact-led organisations including; impact investment, measurement and models; social procurement; social lean canvas; social enterprise business models.

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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