Wise Response takes action against unethical investment funds.

WISE RESPONSE TAKES ACTION AGAINST UNETHICAL INVESTMENT FUNDS Professor Liz Slooten, Co-Chair, Wise Response* Dr Robert Howell Wise Response has taken initiatives against investment funds which falsely claim to be responsible or ethical.  The funds to date have been Pathfinder, Simplicity and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZSF).  A complaint against Pathfinder has been made …

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Workshop – Are there biophysical limits to growth?

You are invited to join an important public workshop hosted by the School of Government: Are there biophysical limits to growth? If so, how should public policy respond? Economic growth has become culturally, politically and institutionally engrained at a global scale.  Is that sustainable? Four international experts: Associate Professor Simon Michaux (Geology) Professor Steve Keen …

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WR Complaint about the New Zealand Superfund

Wise Response has made a complaint about the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) making misleading claims to be a responsible investor. The complaint is available here as a PDF. The complaint has been forwarded to the Minister of Finance and other relevant ministers. A press release has been issued: Press release: 30 August 2021, A.M. Irresponsible …

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Seniors Climate Action Network Website Launched

Seniors Climate Action Network (SCAN) based in Dunedin, New Zealand have launched their new website with great resources around Issues of Sustainability https://www.issuesofsustainability.org The website incorporates a work-in-progress web publication “Issues of Sustainability” which will be added to and revised over time. SCAN’s mission statement is to raise awareness of climate change and to work …

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A Better Future for Aotearoa – NZ Science Festival – Audio

Solving the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis – at the same time! The discussion about creative solutions to the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and other problems caused by economic growth is available to listen to here. The speakers include American journalist and educator Richard Heinberg, who has written extensively on energy, economic, and …

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Lawyers challenge New Zealand’s proposed emissions budgets as inconsistent with the 1.5℃ goal.

New Zealand’s Climate Change Commission is facing its first legal hurdle, as a group of 300 climate-concerned lawyers seek judicial review of the processes it used to calculate carbon budgets in its recently released advice to government. Carbon budgets are a cornerstone of New Zealand’s climate change response under the Zero Carbon Act and lie …

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The impacts of climate change on New Zealand – Bruce Anderson

Article first published in “Fightback”, March 2020 (by Bruce Anderson) Bruce Anderson is an ex-public servant who spent much of his working career at the Audit Office, but also had stints at KPMG, the Reserve Bank, State Services Commissions, and 6 years as CEO of the Leadership Development Centre.  Over the last decade he has …

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Simplicity and Vanguard Investment Funds: Follow Up

Simplicity and Vanguard Investment Funds: Follow Up Dr Robert Howell Introduction This article reports on discussions with Sam Stubbs, CEO of Simplicity, about the article Simplicity Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund – Are They Ethical? and reflects on the processes of engagement and reporting for all funds.  That article assessed the …

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