Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
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 330 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.
On 24 May 2020, Rio Tinto destroyed a site that represented 46,000 years of culture and history for the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) peoples of the Pilbara in Western Australia. The blast devastated a place of personal, community, national and international significance. Investors and the broader community responded with outrage. What do we mean by cultural heritage protection? What is Free, Prior and Informed Consent? How do we, as responsible investors, ensure we’re using a rights-based framework when we engage with First Nations Peoples and their expanding Indigenous estate? Join us for this very special opening keynote with traditional owner, Ngalia cultural custodian, Native Title holder and expert anthropologist, linguist and archaeologist, Kado Muir.
Is the responsible investment community complicit in the charade of working to change the world only in ways that don’t jeopardise individuals’ own standing? Anand Giridharadas, author of the New York Times bestseller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, challenges responsible, ethical and impact investors to think about what they stop doing and start doing to help achieve equality and systemic change.
Responsible investors are increasingly under the spotlight to demonstrate how they are not just avoiding harm, but contributing to addressing challenging social and environmental issues. In this session we showcase some of the positive real world outcomes investors are helping generate.
As highlighted by the Senate Inquiry, Never Again, the devastation of culture and history at Juukan Gorge occurred within a system of failings. What actions have investors taken in collaboration with First Nations peoples to ensure this does not happen again? How do investors ensure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative? Join this panel of experts as we unpack the challenges and opportunities.
How is private equity changing the impact landscape? We will explore some of the investments in private equity and venture capital and how these investments are making their way into super funds and multi-asset funds. What are the managers looking for in early stage venture capital and what does the future hold? Is this the impact that we are all looking for, hiding in plain sight?
An update from the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) on the progress to deliver a sustainable financial system in this critical decade of action. How are we tracking, and what can we expect next?
Join us for the presentation of the 11th Annual ESG Research Australia Awards. The Awards aim to support the delivery of high quality ESG broker research by recognising leading brokers and research pieces that were completed in the last year. In conjunction with the Awards, RIAA will also be announcing the best non-broker investor-relevant ESG research award.
If the EU's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation can fuel domestic concern about industry greenwashing, then how shall the US headquartered CFA Institute's draft ESG Disclosure Standards assist with this? What does Freshfields say about where impact fits into the remit of the 21st century fiduciary and what other international developments are shaping how we will need to act in our local market?
Over half of the world’s GDP is generated in industries either highly or moderately dependent on nature and its services. Yet nature loss due to human activity is, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), one of the top five global risks over the next ten years. Increasingly, and rapidly, financial institutions will need to respond to nature-related financial risks and opportunities; akin to the precedent set by climate change. This session is a critical conversation within the Australian finance sector on the materiality of relevant nature-related liability risks, as well as opportunities, in our unique context.
Ross Piper is the Chief Executive Officer of Christian Super. He has over 25 years of leadership and management experience in corporate and non-profit contexts. Prior to Ross’ appointment as Christian Super CEO in Jan 2018, he was COO with World Vision Australia and also served with World Vision International for several years in the Middle East and various countries of the former Yugoslavia.
During his career Ross has held a number of positions in the corporate sector, primarily in investment banking and mining. He was Head of Corporate Risk for Macquarie Group for several years, and his early professional experience was gained in the mining sector, where he worked in the area of Native Title and business development. He has served on several boards, including six years as a Board Member and Chair of AgroInvest Foundation, a large microfinance bank serving rural families in Serbia and Montenegro. He recently served for 2 years on the Advisory Board of the Shared Value Project in Australia.