RIAA is pleased to announce the launch plans for our rescheduled RI Australia conference.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 risks, and with the current public health warnings and travel restrictions, RIAA has decided to hold an online conference on 27 November for the remaining sessions that we had planned to deliver at ICC in Sydney. We believe that taking a prudent approach will best maintain the health and safety of delegates, sponsors and staff.

We have a great full program for the event that will remain unchanged, and our online platform will facilitate an interactive conference experience. We are confident that delegates will enjoy a high quality experience, as they have grown to expect from RIAA.


If you have already registered for RI Australia 2020 you will automatically receive a Zoom join link for the virtual sessions at least 24 hours prior to each session. A reminder to join will also automatically be sent 1 hour prior to each session. If you have NOT yet registered for the conference, please follow this link to view ticket options.



23 September 11am AEST - Investing in the empowerment of indigenous communities

The financial services sector interacts with the First Peoples of Australia in many ways. As such, finance has an important role to constructively support Indigenous Australians' empowerment and leadership. Join our panel of experts who, with deep knowledge and experience, will unpack the role of finance and responsible investment and provide insights to strengthen our sectors' contribution to Indigenous empowerment and leadership. Off the back of recent revelations that Indigenous communities' rights and heritage continue to be disregarded, this session is part of RIAA's continuing conversation on First Nations Peoples' rights; at a time when it is more important than ever to understand the role of finance in removing systemic racism and supporting greater equity and justice.


Robyn Quiggin, UTS Business School and Law faculty

Chris Croker, Impact Investment Partners

Karrina Nolan, Original Power

Benson Saulo, In-coming Consul-General to the US based in Houston

23 September 12pm -12.30pm AEST - Experimental Research: Climate-related financial disclosure and analyst valuation. More info.

Calling all financial and ESG analysts and portfolio managers!

  • RIAA is delighted to partner with the University of Sydney Business School to investigate the topic of climate-related financial disclosure.
  • Following on from the conference session on investing in the empowerment of Indigenous communities, you are invited to stay on the webinar to learn about and participate in a short ~10 min online experiment examining climate-related financial disclosure and the effect on analyst valuation decisions.
  • Professional industry participation is critical to this research that aims to have important policy and practice contributions.
  • In return, we will make a donation to a selected charity of your choice.


Dr Anna Young-Ferris - University of Sydney Business School

Dr Shan Zhou- University of Sydney Business School


28 October 11am AEDT - The investment case for managing animal welfare

Animal welfare poses a significant but perhaps overlooked risk to investments across a range of industries. Public exposures of practices that don't meet community expectations can and have resulted in substantive changes to regulation and consumer demand, forcing companies to rethink business models, and in some cases bringing into question the medium to long term viability of entire industries. This session brings together experts who can explain the investment risks and opportunities and why they are occurring, and give attendees insight into the sectors that could be the subject of the next big public outcry.


Amanda Richman, Australian Ethical

Jed Goodfellow, RSPCA

Shatha Hamade, Animals Australia

Elliot Teperman, FAIRR




Ticketing information:

This full series of events is open to all current registered delegates of the RI Australia conference (they will automatically receive a link to join all the webinars). Please get in touch if you aren't registered and would like to register for this RI Australia conference.


On 13 March, RIAA took the position to postpone the RI Australia Conference 2020 in light of the rapid escalation of infection in COVID-19, including advice by credible health authorities to ban mass gatherings, as well as increasing number of companies acting to constrain staff travel and meetings.

However, as communicated at the time, RIAA remains committed to running this event, that so many people have contributed towards creating. We believe that at this time it is especially important to continue to share insights and leading practices.

Our rescheduled plan for RI Australia will:

  • model a modern way of connecting people around important issues that can operate even when we're all in lock down, and occur with greatly reduced carbon impact
  • deliver value for delegates, keeping them engaged and informed across 2020
  • ensure we are continuing to provide a platform to discuss issues that are so important right now to our industry

This continues to be a dynamic environment we're all working in, and so we will continue to be responsive to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in our RI Australia planning.



ICC Sydney, Pyrmont Theatre
14 Darling Drive
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Contact us

For additional event or venue information, please email briony@responsibleinvestment.orgYou can also reach us at +61 427363773

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