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 450+ 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 an advisory member to the Australian Sustainable Finance Institute, working group member of the Toitū Tahua Centre for Sustainable Finance, Chair of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in New Zealand.
The eagerly-awaited Stewardship Code will be launched at RI Aotearoa NZ 2022, providing guiding principles around stewardship for responsible investors in Aotearoa. Hear from experts involved in developing the Code about how it will drive stronger investor ownership practices to protect and enhance long-term value.
With ESG and sustainability disclosures on the radar for regulators globally, including the development of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), being ready for the future of disclosure is now essential for companies and investors. Hear from regulators and standard setters on how the world is shaping up for consistent, comparable sustainability reporting.
The response from investors was swift for DGL. What was achieved, and what can be learned to help us have a greater impact into the future?
This session will explore Te Ao Māori. How acknowledging the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living and non-living things can apply more broadly to investment finance and investment markets. We will showcase work with Māori communities to improve economic outcomes, efforts to scale up Te Ao Māori view within economics and finance, applying the unique Te Ao Māori view to investing.
In response to the March 2019 Christchurch mosque terror attacks that killed 51 and injured 40 people, New Zealand’s government-owned investors, supported by 105 global investors representing approximately NZD$13.5 trillion, began a collaborative effort to engage the world’s three largest social media companies (Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter). Their aim was to strengthen controls to prevent the livestreaming and dissemination of objectionable content.
Modern slavery is one of the top ESG issues for investors around the world. Now that Aotearoa New Zealand has held a consultation on a legislative response to modern slavery and worker exploitation, forced labour, people trafficking and slavery, what can investors expect? What can we learn from the experience in other jurisdictions? What role can investors play to strengthen our collective efforts to end modern slavery?
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has laid bare risks to investors in a world of constant geopolitical challenges. Companies and corporate executives are being prosecuted for being complicit in war crimes in other jurisdictions. This session will provide an introduction to corporate risk and responsibility under international humanitarian law, providing investors with all they need to know about doing responsible business in a situation of armed conflict, and what best practice looks like under the laws of war.
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.