Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors.
Simon works with RIAA’s 240 member organisations with the goal of delivering on RIAA’s mission of promoting, advocating for, and supporting approaches to responsible investment that align capital with achieving a healthy and sustainable society, environment and economy.
Simon is active across the region and internationally in responsible investment and sustainable finance initiatives. He sits as Co-Chair of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, working group member of the NZ Sustainable Finance Forum, a member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Australia Network Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in New Zealand.
The Co-Chair of the Sustainable Finance Forum will provide insights into their vision of a financial system that is aligned with New Zealand’s 21st century sustainability challenges such as meeting Paris commitments around reducing our emissions and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
using the full RI toolkit to influence corporate behaviour and improve responsible investment outcomes, with global insights across trends in voting, engagement, and the rise in shareholder resolutions.
A deeper dive into leading practices and global ESG developments.
Discussing the launch of the new Impact Investor Insights Report by RIAA and University of Auckland
The vast majority of the worlds and New Zealand’s investable assets are in the hands of investment fiduciaries. Fiduciaries include trustees and directors, advisers, investment committee members, and asset managers. In this session Aaron Drew will discuss fiduciary duties in relation to recent legislation passed in New Zealand governing Trusts and Financial Service providers, and in relation to global best practice fiduciary standards. A key duty emerging globally is consideration of Socially Responsible Investing. Aaron will discuss how the legal position on this is rapidly changing as evidence has mounted that rather than comprising investment outcomes, SRI can reduce risks and improve returns.
After ten years of RI New Zealand Conference, we take stock of the last decade and look ahead to the big ideas that will shape the next decade. Four presenters give us their view on the big ideas for RI for the next 10 years.
Matthew Mimms is the Founder and Managing Director of The Investment Store. Matt has over 30 year's experience in financial services in both the UK and New Zealand. Immediately prior to establishing the Investment Store, Matt was head of Retail Sales and Service at BT Funds Management.
Matt has been integrally involved in the NZ investment and financial adviser industry for 20 years including a 2 year stint as Chair of the Auckland branch for the then named Financial Planners and Insurance Advisers Association. Matt is a strong advocate for responsible investing and is currently a board member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).
He has a business degree from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a Diploma in Business Studies (personal financial planning) from Massey University.
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