UK/AUSTRALIA - The Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) is to meet with UK fund managers today to discuss how they can meet the growing demand for responsible investment strategies from superannuation funds.
RIAA executive director Louise O'Halloran will brief delegates on the business opportunities for UK investment managers and consultants on the back of growing demand for responsible investment in Australia. The meeting will also cover how firms can benefit from the new RI Academy, developed with support from the Australian Government, to provide online responsible investment training to the global investment sector.
The event, at Australia House in London, is being organised jointly by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Government of Victoria, Australia, RIAA and UKSIF, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association.
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) chief executive Penny Shepherd said: "Australia's superannuation funds offer an increasingly important market for UK investment managers. This briefing will highlight this opportunity to our members. It will also increase awareness in the UK pensions industry that responsible investment is now the norm for Australian pension funds. Asset owners and asset managers representing over half of all Australian AUM are now signed up to the Principles for Responsible Investment."
O'Halloran added: "Investors in all parts of the world will benefit from Australia's leadership in online responsible investment training. Two years in the making, the RI Academy will enable mainstream investment professionals to develop the skills needed to integrate environmental, social and governance issues into their financial modelling. Using the very best interactive e-learning technology available, the RI Academy will transform the market in responsible investment training."
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