Climate change is one of the key factors driving responsible investing. Financial markets globally are playing a major part in shifting investment away from emission-intensive activities and towards a lower-emission economy.
New Zealand is leading the charge and is likely to be the first country in the world to make climate-related reporting compulsory for the financial sector.
Compliance to these increasing reporting requirements places additional pressure on the financial sector in New Zealand, however overall it will help investors, shareholders and companies to assess climate-related risks and opportunities and make more informed decisions.
Join us for an open conversation with stakeholders from across the finance industry who will give their perspectives on challenges and opportunities in this space now and in the future.
Recommended pre-reading for this event can be found here: New Zealand’s Climate Disclosure Bill status.
Please note: the 17 of February is an interim date that will be confirmed in mid-October 2021
Dates are subject to Government announcements
Proudly sponsored by:
Minister James Shaw
- Minister for Climate Change and Associate Minister for the Environment (Biodiversity)
Minister Shaw is a Co-leader of the Green Party and has been a Member of Parliament since 2014. He’s had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010. He believes that, with vision and purpose, politicians can bring the large-scale, transformational change that is needed to build a truly inclusive economy, and a healthier planet. His diverse business experience and expertise, from working for multinational corporates through to local start-ups and community organisations, enables him to lead the Green Party and New Zealanders towards a high-tech post-carbon economy and society.
John supports the wider adoption of ethical investment in Aotearoa New Zealand. He co-founded Pathfinder Asset Management a decade ago, which is a specialist ethical fund manager and KiwiSaver provider. Last year Pathfinder was named Social Impactor of the Year by the Sustainable Business Network and Responsible Investment Manager of the Year by ResearchIP. Pathfinder’s KiwiSaver strives to invest with impact, for example it has funded two social housing transactions, microfinance in South East Asia, a commercial solar project and a mental health resilience business. It is a certified B Corp with a focus on social and environmental impact as well as profit. John is on a government working group overseeing the code of conduct for financial services, and is a trustee of the Men’s Health Trust NZ.
Having participated in the Creative HQ Incubation Programme and Atto Accelerator, Leeanna’s leading the development of finappster™ - a fintech platform that provides automated, SDG-aligned reporting to asset managers so that they can share assurances of the socially responsible activities of investee companies to their investors. In her own time, Leeanna is on the Executive Council of FinTechNZ and co-chairs the WealthTech working group; is a participant of the Sustainable Business Network; and manages her own Meetup group – the Sustainable Network.
Ngaio has a real passion for relationship management and her key strengths lie in relationships, strategic thinking and innovation. In addition to her background in physics, deep tech, and innovation she’s the Chair of KiwiNet and a savvy, experienced fund manager, with extensive networks in New Zealand’s early-stage entrepreneurial circles, who is authentic and kind, and possesses a knack for knowing just what kind of support her founders need.