The Sustainability Report Podcast: Yolanda Beattie
Aug18

The Sustainability Report Podcast: Yolanda Beattie

On this episode of The Sustainability Report Podcast, we’re talking about diversity in the investment management industry. Research conducted by Mercer has revealed that in the investment management industry, bias in recruitment and promotion decisions as well as workplace culture block opportunities for “under-represented talent to thrive.” The study found that 76% of investment managers are male, 48% are private school educated...

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Less than half of ASX100 companies have exec-level technologist: Calastone
Aug18

Less than half of ASX100 companies have exec-level technologist: Calastone

Less than half of ASX100 companies have a technologist in an executive leadership role, according to a survey performed by Calastone. Calastone, a global funds transaction network and fintech provider, has conducted and found that 40.4% of ASX100 companies have a technologist in an executive leadership position, compared to 45% of NZX20-listed firms, respectively up from 7.4% (AU) and 10% (NZ) since 2011. Calastone believes that not...

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Cyber security a rapidly evolving material risk for companies: Citi Research
Aug11

Cyber security a rapidly evolving material risk for companies: Citi Research

Cyber security and data protection is a rapidly evolving material risk for companies, and Citi Research recently surveyed the ASX100 to assess how companies are responding to the risk. Citi Research found that “the most common perceived risk factors impacting companies were the ability to secure and/or keep secret critical information assets (27% of respondents) and the handling of high value financial transactions or other high risk...

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WA ranks 8th globally in National Resource Governance Institute assessment
Aug11

WA ranks 8th globally in National Resource Governance Institute assessment

Western Australia’s iron ore mining sector scores 71 of 100 points and ranks eighth of 89 governing jurisdictions assessed for governance of their oil, gas and mining sectors in the 2017 Resource Governance Index (RGI), conducted by the National Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). This score places Australia at first position in Asia Pacific and eighth overall. “Australia has a good enabling environment, ranking third on this...

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Australian, NZ organisations consider impacts of bribery, corruption: Deloitte
Jul14

Australian, NZ organisations consider impacts of bribery, corruption: Deloitte

While Australian and New Zealand organisations recognise the reputational, financial and cultural risks of incidents of bribery and corruption, their response to managing those risks are “slow, compared to others worldwide,” according to Deloitte. Deloitte recently released the Deloitte Bribery and Corruption Survey 2017, a follow up on their 2015 survey. According to the survey, most respondents say reputation is the biggest risk for...

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Directors speak to evolving, expanding role of corporate boards at ACSI conference
May12

Directors speak to evolving, expanding role of corporate boards at ACSI conference

The role of board and executive leadership is changing, with stakeholder expectations of openness and transparency in engagement, and increased emphasis on maintaining trust and social license to operate having as much importance as financial return. A panel of directors – Paula Dwyer, chairman of Tabcorp Holdings Limited and Healthscope Limited, Rebecca McGrath, independent chair and non-executive director, Tim Poole, chair of...

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AMP Capital on value of non-financial performance measures
Mar31

AMP Capital on value of non-financial performance measures

Non-financial performance measures such as safety, employee engagement and customer satisfaction can be as important as financial performance measures in setting hurdles to encourage companies to deliver strong financial results, according to AMP Capital. AMP Capital believes that a combination of financial and non-financial measures can and should be used to incentivise and reward management, and calling non-financial measures “soft”...

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AXA IM launches “impact-style” fund linked to gender diversity
Mar10

AXA IM launches “impact-style” fund linked to gender diversity

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is launching an “impact-style” investment strategy to generate long-term capital growth from companies that promote gender diversity. The strategy – The AXA World Funds – MiX in Perspectives – has been launched in Europe, and AXA IM will launch an Australian-domiciled fund for the same strategy this year. The strategy is intended to allow investors to capture value from...

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