Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Green Bill Will Help Clean Up Super Fund Investments

8 November 2012

Green Bill Will Help Clean Up Super Fund Investments

The Green Party is urging all other parties to support changes to the responsible investment criteria used by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund following their Climate Change (NZ Superannuation Fund) Bill being drawn from the members’ ballot today.

The Bill requires the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to consider climate change and the broader environmental impact of the companies in which they invest.

“The super fund is about long-term economic thinking. My bill will ensure environmental considerations are an integral part of that thinking,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“The New Zealand Superannuation Fund recently divested from some companies due to environmental and human rights considerations, so it can be done.

“This is a smart way to run our superannuation fund. Investing in companies that are working to mitigate climate change means our money will be invested today in the new clean economy of tomorrow.”

Dr Norman also pointed out it is possible for the super fund to be both responsible and profitable.

“The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, the Norwegian Pension fund, has world-leading responsible investment criteria overseen by an ethics council,” said Dr Norman.

“Their criteria prohibits investment in companies that cause severe environmental degradation.

“My bill will align our fund’s responsible investment decision making processes with global best practice. It is a clear change to the Act that will have positive consequences for the environment.”

A copy of the bill can be found here: http://www.greens.org.nz/sites/default/files/climatechangenewzealandsuperannuationfundamendment1.pdf

Note: The Climate Change (NZ Superannuation Fund) Bill was in the ballot under the name of Green MP Eugenie Sage, but has been transferred to Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman who has led the party’s work on the superannuation funds ethical investment issues.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop's Pledgeme Campaign To Become A Not-For-Profit Finishes Sunday 29th - Please Pledge Now
AMA: Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'


Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key – who was already in South Korea – stay in the region so that he could attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew?

Instead, Key returned to New Zealand to campaign in the Northland by-election, and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will represent this country in his place. Bad call. Key has put the domestic interests of his party ahead of New Zealand’s wider interests on the world stage. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Enrol By Friday: Time’s Almost Up Before Northland By-Election

If you want to vote in the Northland by-election and you’re not enrolled, time is running out. That’s the message from Northland Registrar of Electors Deborah Darton, with just a few days to go until the by-election this Saturday, 28 March. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news