Tackling Greenwash

Thu Oct. 17th 2019

Many New Zealanders who want to invest ethically are confused by the lack of clear definitions and put off by unsubstantiated claims of being 'ethical, responsible or green'. The FMA want to tackle these issues. They have released a consultation paper and invite submissions by 5pm on 24th October.

Report on the Mindful Money Conference: Investing in Sustainability, held at KPMG, 3rd September 2019

Mon Sept. 16th 2019

Finance has a central role in determining whether and how fast New Zealand and other countries transition towards net zero emissions, stronger sustainability and higher levels of well being. The conference saw financial industry leaders discuss the challenges in reorienting investment towards sustainability.

Raising the bar for default KiwiSaver funds

Fri Sept. 13th 2019

The government is consulting on its review of default KiwiSaver funds. If you have some time, it would be great if you could send in a submission. It doesn’t need to take long.

Mindful Money Methodology: Avoiding Issues of Concern

Thu June 20th 2019

Mindful Money is providing radical transparency for KiwiSaver funds. Now you can find out what is in your portfolio, categorised into sectors that have been shown to be the main issues of concern for New Zealanders. This paper sets out the methodology for analysing KiwiSaver portfolios, and the funds they invest in. And it outlines the research approach to identifying companies in each of the issues of concern. This transparency helps KiwiSaver investors understand their options, so they can find funds that align with their values and preferred investment approach, using Mindful Money tool, 'find the fund that fits.

Mindful Money Founder Barry Coates | Fairfield Conference 2019

Thu June 13th 2019

Mindful Money's founder, Barry Coates, gave a keynote speech at the inaugural Fairfield conference on social justice through ethical trade at AUT in March. It …

The Value of Everything

Thu May 23rd 2019

In her new book the researcher and author, Mariana Mazzucato recalls Goldman Sachs boasting about its record of wealth creation a year after the Global Financial Crisis. To term this a 'creation of wealth' ignores the massive destruction of financial, social and human wealth as a result of the GFC and the financial institutions whose reckless lending contributed to the crisis. The book makes it clear that not all economic activity is about creation of wealth.

What’s The Evidence Of Better Returns From Responsible Investment?

Thu May 23rd 2019

There is now growing evidence that returns from responsible investment are, on average, at least as high as from conventional investing, and probably higher.

Financing Zero

Thu May 23rd 2019

Making the shift towards net zero carbon emissions in New Zealand by 2050 will be a monumental challenge and will require action across many fronts – public action, institutional reform, a decent carbon price, changes in land use and our agricultural system, and government leadership through regulation.

Choosing the Fund that Fits

Mon May 13th 2019

Mindful Money aims to change the ways that New Zealanders think about their investments, so that they give greater priority to directing their funds towards social and environmentally beneficial outcomes. Investors will be supported and empowered to direct their investment towards credible forms of responsible investment and impact investment.

Ethical (or responsible) investings

Tue April 2nd 2019

By: Mary Holm Published in: RNZ Date Published: 20 Sept 2018 Finance guru Mary Holm talks about ethical investment and Mindful Money's survey. What we …

Kiwisaver: Are you investing in guns?

Tue April 2nd 2019

By: The Panel Published in: Radio NZ Date Published: 25 March 2019 Following the terror attack in Christchurch, people have focused on the role of …

How to go weapons-free in your KiwiSaver portfolio

Tue April 2nd 2019

By: Rob Stock Published in: Stuff Date Published: 24 March 2019 A large majority of KiwiSavers wanted gun-free KiwiSaver schemes even before the shootings in …