Investing for good: a how-to

Jul 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Latest News, Local Events
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Increasingly people with savings, whether in a bank account or the share market, want their money to do good for the environment and society as well as themselves.

Tamahere woman Janet Natta, an Authorised Financial Adviser, is one of New Zealand’s few experts in ethical investment – the tricky business of navigating what is a good investment and what is investing for good.

Natta will demystify ethical or socially responsible investment at an afternoon event in Tamahere on Sunday, July 23.

Calls are growing for divestment from “sin stocks” such as gambling, tobacco, armaments and fossil fuels. But what counts as a “goody” can differ from person to person depending on their individual values and priorities.

For some it might be a priority to avoid companies that test products on animals or those associated with sweatshop labour. Some people might see fast food or alcohol as harmful industries.

Natta’s talk, from 2-4pm in the St Stephen’s Tamahere church hall, will explain the three strands of responsible investment, a process that takes into account environmental, social, governance (ESG) and ethical issues in the investment process of research, analysis, selection and monitoring of investments.

There is a broad array of methods that responsible investors use to manage these non-financial risks – from excluding companies involved in controversial industries, to supporting the most sustainable companies.

This is the second event in a series, hosted by Tamahere’s Philippa Stevenson, Green Party candidate for Waikato, which aims to foster discussion and debate about issues of interest or importance to Waikato people.

Natta’s interest in ethical investment has been driven by her clients, many of them in the Waikato and involved in the scientific or tertiary education fields.

At the first event in July, author and social commentator McLauchlan used his more than six decades of observing and commentating on New Zealand to deliver something of a report card on the country in 2017.

Natta is an Authorised Financial Adviser, a member and local branch secretary of the Institute of Financial Advisers and a member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA), the peak industry body representing responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand which has over a $1 trillion in assets under management.

After the talk there will be a light afternoon tea and a chance to chat with Janet. Entry fee will be $5 admission to cover costs.

Event details:

Date: Sunday, July 23
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: St Stephen’s Tamahere Church hall, corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive.

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