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  • Breaking new ground in New Zealand

    In November 2018, the first-ever KangaNews-Westpac New Zealand Sustainable Finance Summit took place in Auckland. The event brought together participants from across the New Zealand capital market including corporate entities, institutional investors and government to enhance dialogue about...
  • Climate change initiatives in New Zealand

    More than a year into the coalition government’s term in office in New Zealand and the Green Party’s influence on the administration is beginning to be felt. Guy Lethbridge, partner at Russell McVeagh in Wellington, discusses government and private-sector initiatives designed to support New...
  • Corporate governance in focus

    Historically, institutional investors have focused on companies’ financial strategies and outcomes while taking a more laissez-faire approach to governance issues. But a new spotlight on governance in Australia means investor engagement with the topic is rising – and corporations are responding.
  • Dropping the shades

    Green-bond issuance in Australia is growing, though supply remains dominated by high-grade and bank issuers. Local investors say labelled issuance is only one part of a more complex picture, which sees the Australian buy side wrestling with measuring the impact of its allocations in an environment...
  • ESG debt in Australia: progress report

    In November 2018, KangaNews brought together experts in sustainable debt from each of Australia’s big-four banks to discuss the state of the local market and its growth prospects in the year ahead. Participants acknowledge that development has not been exponential so far but point to a vast...
  • Impact reporting: enhancing the credibility of the green-bond market

    Doris Kramer, vice president and head of investment strategies, sustainability at KfW Bankengruppe in Frankfurt, and Isabelle Laurent, London-based deputy treasurer and head of funding at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – the coordinators of the Green Bond Principles (GBPs)...
  • Major-bank sustainability focus: ANZ

    ANZ is on a journey toward integrated reporting among a raft of initiatives in the sustainability space. Anna Stewart, head of corporate sustainability in Melbourne, and Katharine Tapley, Sydney-based head of sustainable finance, share views on the bank’s approach.
  • Major-bank sustainability focus: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Kylie Macfarlane, general manager, corporate responsibility, and Mohamed Khalil, general manager, digital guidance, at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) in Sydney, share insights into the bank’s sustainability strategy and how it measures and discloses performance.
  • Major-bank sustainability focus: NAB

    Sasha Courville, head of social innovation at National Australia Bank (NAB) in Melbourne, and David Jenkins, head of sustainable finance at NAB in Sydney, share an update on impact reporting and where their bank’s approach aligns with global developments.
  • Major-bank sustainability focus: Westpac

    Siobhan Toohill, group head of corporate sustainability at Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac), and Mark Goddard, head of DCM and syndicate at Westpac Institutional Bank (WIB), both based in Sydney, discuss the bank’s approach to sustainability delivery and reporting.
  • Regional trends

    Asia is at the forefront of requirements for sustainable finance globally – Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates the region needs US$1.7 trillion of new infrastructure every year until 2030 to pave the way for a sustainable future, for instance. John Eagleton and Philip Harvey, partners at King...
  • SDGs and the big, big picture of human impact

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are often viewed through the lens of investment objectives. But, says Alex Struc, if we all take a step back a vastly more expansive canvas will be revealed that speaks to the swathe of modern human history.
  • Sustainable-debt trends

    Trends and data from the Australasian sustainable-debt market.
  • TCorp takes Australia’s green-bond market to the next level

    The scale of New South Wales (NSW)’s infrastructure task and its well-defined links with sustainable outcomes – in both the environmental and social arenas – enabled NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp) to debut in the green-bond market with a blockbuster deal. TCorp issued A$1.8 billion (US$1.3...
  • The diversity dividend

    A growing body of evidence suggests good environmental, social and governance practices correlate strongly with superior corporate performance. Kathryn McDonald, San Francisco-based head of sustainable investing at quantitative fund manager AXA Investment Management Rosenberg Equities, has...
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