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In the spotlight: From irrigation manager to ethical investor

In the spotlight: From irrigation manager to ethical investor

10 Mar 2021  ·  by Katie Braid
For 23-year-old Loic Allinson-Dunn, having enough money to retire and a safe and liveable place to retire into is important, but the viability of the future of his work was perhaps the most compelling reason to switch banks.
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Looking under the hood – how to find out what companies you may be invested in without knowing

Looking under the hood – how to find out what companies you may be invested in without knowing

9 Mar 2021  ·  by Katie Braid
Finding out the underlying companies that your bank, super fund, KiwiSaver or managed fund invests in (the portfolio holdings) is an important way to detect greenwashing, and can highlight the difference between what you consider ethical versus what the investment manager does. Taking a good look under the hood is a critical step when deciding where to invest your money.
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Clearing the air - is your money invested in tobacco?

Clearing the air - is your money invested in tobacco?

1 Mar 2021  ·  by Carly Hammond
Tobacco use remains the single greatest preventable cause of death and disease in the world. If you have your money invested in bank accounts, super funds, KiwiSaver or other investment products, there's a chance you may still be unwittingly supporting the tobacco industry through your investments.  
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Do I need an ethical financial adviser?

Do I need an ethical financial adviser?

18 Dec 2020  ·  by Katie Braid
A financial adviser is there to help you make the best financial decisions for your personal situation and grow your money. When it comes to ethical and responsible investing, an extra set of knowledge and skills is required to effectively meet your investment goals in a way that aligns with your interests and values. 
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Making a splash: how you can invest your money in sustainable water

Making a splash: how you can invest your money in sustainable water

15 Dec 2020  ·  by Carly Hammond
The way we invest our money can play a role in helping to provide universal access to safe and affordable drinking water as well as sanitation and hygiene. Fortunately, there are various responsible and ethical options for investing in sustainable water.
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Tell us about how you used Responsible Returns to help make the switch and win!

Tell us about how you used Responsible Returns to help make the switch and win!

30 Nov 2020
Have you used Responsible Returns in your quest to invest your savings, super, or Kiwisaver more ethically or responsibly? If you have AND you've switched options or providers, we want to hear from you. The top 3 responses will feature on our homepage and winners will each receive a AU$100 Patagonia gift voucher.
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Is your money fuelling climate change? 
How to understand investment in fossil fuels. 

Is your money fuelling climate change? How to understand investment in fossil fuels. 

30 Mar 2020  ·  by Cassandra Williams
Did you know that the financial products you have may be contributing to the climate change problem? But how do you know if your investments are ‘exposed’ to fossil fuels and if so, by how much?  We unpack the different ways that investors think about fossil fuels.
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Animal welfare. Why it's a financial (as well as ethical) decision.

Animal welfare. Why it's a financial (as well as ethical) decision.

19 Nov 2018  ·  by Tim Vasudeva
Issues of social concern like animal cruelty do not solely represent an ethical challenge, they also represent a significant source of investment risk, writes Tim Vasudeva from Animals Australia.
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Want to invest ethically? Questions to ask your financial adviser

Want to invest ethically? Questions to ask your financial adviser

1 May 2018  ·  by Mary Campbell
Ensure your savings are invested responsibly and ethically, while delivering strong financial returns.
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