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Rethinking the prevailing orthodoxy - AKL

Inclusive Capitalism or Investing for a Long Term; rethinking the prevailing orthodoxy - AKL - 22nd September

Rishab Sethi, of the NZ Superannuation Fund, will speak on work the fund is doing in this area. You may have seen the recent 'Mood of the Boardroom' insert in the NZ Herald, in which there was a story reporting on Adrian Orr’s willingness to debate ‘inclusive capitalism’. The Herald may have felt the headline was rhetorical but we have taken up the challenge.

As it happens the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has being doing some work on what investing in value means. It is part of a body of work they are doing on investing for the long term and trying to get out of the focus of short-termism! For example, a focus on stock markets whims (how many celphones were sold in the last quarter!) and in companies that if they were to extract a heap of gains now would be dead in the longer term because they will have depleted the environment, caused too much social chaos or simply created an economy that is untenable.

Rishab Sethi is on the staff of the Fund and has sent the attachments below here as examples of the work they have produced to develop these arguments. He will speak to the session on the work they are doing.

Reading the following is important background to Rishab's presentation:

Inclusive Capitalism -- The Single Biggest Barrier

Responsible Investment Framework

Unshakable belief in the long term

White Paper - The Advantages of Being a Long-Term Investor

You can read more and register for this Auckland event here.

When & Where

Auckland, 22nd September 6.30pm

University of Auckland

Investing according to your values. Or, putting your money where your mouth is… 26th September - AKL

The Fabian Society and 350 Aotearoa are co-hosting a day workshop on ethical investment.

This seminar aims to give attendees the practical skills required to make informed ethical investment decisions with personal or organisational funds. Particularly to develop:

1) a critical appreciation of current investment patterns, and funds that claim they are acting responsibly or ethically;

2) an understanding of shareholder activism, and ways of engaging or divesting with companies

3) instructions to give a financial planner/consultant for how you want to invest, and a SIPO (Statement of Investment Policies and Objectives) for an organisation’s investment fund that wants to invest responsibly.

Structure:

Attendees will be assigned to 1 of 8 groups. Each group will be given a fund to investigate prior to the seminar, and a co-ordinator for each group will be selected. The Funds include sovereign wealth funds, government pensions funds, religious funds, ethical banks, ecology funds, USA and Australian ethical or responsible funds. Each group will report with regard to: what ethical principles the fund uses how they exclude or engage how successful have they been in meeting their investment objectives.

While individuals will be welcome to attend, the bulk of participants will come from invited organisations who have been assigned several places each. Attendance is limited to 50 places.

You can register for this by contacting niamh@350.org.nz

When & Where

Auckland, 26th September 8.45am - 4.00pm

University of Auckland

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