Impact Investing Network

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

This edition covers: check out new IIN website; IIN's first podcast; upcoming events!; FMA's plans to crack down on greenwashing; New Kiwibank green loans; Conservatives' provide their input on ESG; President Joe Biden's big climate change bill; 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 renovated website and new podcast!

IIN is excited to release our renovated website. A digital hub to connect, educate and advocate, for businesses and investors, to grow impact investing in Aotearoa NZ. Check it out here.

We've been busy and are also excited to share the IIN's first podcast and Advisory Board member deep dive. Get to know Jamie Newth, Soul Capital, the role of academia in the impact investing ecosystem and more! Listen here, like and subscribe :) 

Events and Programmes

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

RI Aotearoa NZ conference: last day to get early bird tickets (ends 31 Aug)

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 can be accessed here.

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): spaces filling up

The IIN will host a breakfast event, just before the RI Aotearoa NZ conference at the same venue. Register before remaining spaces are filled!

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.

Aotearoa New Zealand

FMA plans to crack down on greenwashing 

The FMA is ramping up its surveillance of so-called “green” funds and other ESG investments to ensure they’re compliant with guidance the regulator published 12 months ago. Read more and here.

How are KiwiSaver investments changing the world?

John Berry (Co-founder and CEO of Pathfinder Asset Management) shares his opinion on how KiwiSaver Investments are changing the world on the back of FMA recent announcements. A third of professionally managed investments apparently have a sustainability focus. Read More.

Kiwibank unveils green loans for small and medium-sized businesses

Kiwibank will soon begin offering “green loans” to business customers investing in decarbonising their operations. The loans, which will cost less than the bank’s ordinary business loans, will be available from September 26 for businesses doing things like converting to electric vehicles, or improving the energy efficiency of their buildings. Read More.

Impact Investing: what's all the fuss about?

Head of Impact Investing at ANZ Private Banking, Dan Simpson, provides his thoughts on the growth of the impact investing market. Read Here

Global Perspective

McKinsey - Does ESG really matter - and why?

Although valid questions have been raised about ESG, the need for companies to understand and address their externalities is likely to become essential to maintaining their social license. Read More

Conservatives' war on BlackRock

A conservative group known for targeting "woke capitalism" has launched a multimillion-dollar campaign attacking BlackRock and its CEO Larry Fink for "weaponizing" retirement funds with its push for more ESG investments, which promote environmental, social and governance responsibility. Read more and here

In Biden's big bill: Climate, health care, deficit reduction

The biggest investment ever in the U.S. to fight climate change. A hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. Read More.

'Where are we now': Reflecting on the journey of sustainable finance

"Leading limited and general partners have woken up and are smelling the coffee." Read More.


A selection of impact investing educational research and resources.

Impact Investing Network, education resources: explore NZ and global education resources on IIN website, which are free to access. Also, explore education programmes, some are free e.g. Duke University's online course Impact Measurement & Management for the SDGs.

RIAA, Nature-Related Investment in Aotearoa NZaccess event recording and slides to better understand relationship between investment activity and nature in an Aotearoa New Zealand context, Māori perspectives on nature positive investments and Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). 

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), Impact Investing: Measuring Social and Financial ReturnsWhat should investors consider when looking to have a positive impact in the world? SSIR publisher Michael Voss speaks with Juliette Menga of Aetos and Nitin Barve of the Schwab Center for Financial Research about ways investors can achieve social impact without sacrificing their financial goals. Listen and read more 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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