SRI - A Global Revolution Tessa Tennant, Chair 24 October 2003
“ The governance of the corporation is now as important in the world economy as the government of countries” James Wolfensohn, President, The World Bank Group .... Investor Governance Matters too … "Investment is the process of foregoing immediate expenditures in order to build a more prosperous future. What kind of future are we now building?" The New Global Investors, Robert Monks 2001 Corporate Governance
What is Social Responsibility?
“ Social responsibility is not a question of charity, it’s a question of self-interest – it’s an issue of how we’re going to keep our planet stable so that your businesses survive”
James Wolfenson, President of World Bank,
Corporate Leaders in Chicago, December 2 nd 2002
What is SRI
Mechanism for achieving sustainable economic development worldwide.
The facility for investors to be more consistent in their view of the world and the values they hold.
A risk management tool for reducing beta and enhancing earnings.
Introducing ASrIA Not-for-profit membership association 1 100+ members in first year – global and local Research – issues and opportunities Awareness raising – website, media Conferences, workshops, seminars 1 Sister organisation to UKSIF and US SIF
ASrIA 2001 - 2003
ASrIA is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to promoting sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) practice in Asia.
over 100 members including investment institutions managing over US$2 trillion in assets.
Held 20 + events around the Asia Pacific Region
Present ing at many events in Asia and Globally
Conduct ing Research on SRI issues
Significant press coverage – media, TV, radio
Website launch: average 1800 hits per day, 5000 e-bulletin subscribers
64 Corporate Members and 40 Associate Members
ASrIA.org.. the “Go To” site for SRI in Asia 5400+ hits per day 5,200 ebulletin subscribers FREE news service Chinese Section
4 Reasons why SRI is growing
SRI product choice and strategies
Legislation and Pressures for higher corporate governance standards
Five World Economy Energy Materials Linear Economy Products and Services Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Rich Ore Deposits, Ancient Forests etc.. Heavy metals Carcinogens, EDCs CO2, Nox, SOx Slide thanks to Morley FM
One World Economy Energy Cycling Economy Quality of Life Enhancers Renewable Sources Sustainably Managed Resources Bio-degradable and reusable wastes Materials Slide adapted from Morley FM Wastes
Socially Responsible Investment
Sustainable & Responsible Investment
Common SRI Criteria Energy Water Use Air Pollution Wastes & Toxics Transport ISO 14000 Resource Productivity Biodiversity Product Impact Environment Profit Sharing Welfare at Work Equal Opportunities Civil/Employee Actions Community & Public Policy Supply Chain Public Disclosure Social Military Gambling Pornography Alcohol Tobacco Repressive Regimes Genetic Engineering Nuclear Animal Testing Ethical
Investors’ Interests – Japan, UK, USA
SRI Globally US$10 bn funds & church assets US$2.16 tn in funds and portfolios Canada US$ 32 bn Japan US$ 1 bn in funds UK: US$2.5 bn in funds plus US$250 bn portfolios Europe € 336bn institutional funds … .updated and more precise data coming soon
Global Growth in SRI Funds US$ BN 192 Funds 67 Funds US$ MM Source: UBS Warburg - 1999 US Trends Report, USSIF, EIRIS 1 U.K. Retail volume only. Does not include institutional, predicted to be approx. GBP120 billion end 2001 U.S. U.K. 1 49% CAGR 22% CAGR
Domini 400 Social Index – S&P 500 Comparative Performance Since Inception in May 1990 to June 2003
5 Years: July 1998 to July 2003
DJSI World – USD Performance and Risk
DJSI World / DJGI World:
Correlation: 0.9644 Tracking Error: 4.37%
DJSI Volatility: 16.33% DJGI Volatility: 15.10%
December 1993 - June 2003 , USD , Price Index
67 % 40 % http://www.sustainability-index.com/
35 institutional investors with assets in excess of $4.5 trillion
31st May 2002, they wrote to the Chair of the Board of the FT500Global. The largest companies in the world as measured by market capitalization
asking them to provide investment relevant information relating to greenhouse gas mitigation .
analysis undertaken by Innovest Strategic Value Advisers, US. Published February 2003
"The project demonstrates that many investors have a very comprehensive view of their fiduciary duties to invest prudently“
Prime Minister Blair, February 2003
CARBON DISCLOSURE PROJECT www.cdproject.net
SRI and Pensions
SRI about understanding societal risks
Broad Range of SRI styles now exist
SRI and CG enhance fiduciary role
Governments legislating eg UK and Australia
Conferences in 2003 :
The North European Pension & Investing Summit and SRI Congress. Stockholm 3 rd June 2003 www.imn.org/a474/agenda.dhtml
Long-term Fund Performance: Factoring Engagement and SRI Policies 8th & 9th September 2003: Central London www.marcusevansconferences.com/
Towards a more Sustainable Retirement System: The Quest for new Governance and Asset Management Strategies for Pension Funds. 15 th October 2003, Zurich www.sustainability-zurich.org
UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable: Defining Sustainable Investment Strategies for Pension Funds 20 October 2003 Tokyo www.unepfi.net/tokyo
UK Trustees Concerns Funds of over €7bn felt more strongly about good Corporate Governance Source: UK Social Investment Forum 5 - 10 Year Effect on Investments Good Corporate Governance Quality of Consumer Relations Good Employee Practices Communication and Transparency on Social / Ethical Issues Environmental Management Respect for local needs in Developing World 52% 42% 30% 23% 20% 11%
Proxy Voting regulations in the USA
SEC regulations passed January 2003
Affect some 3,700 mutual funds and 6,200investment advisers who have the power to vote shares on behalf of clients.
They must report to their clients and the public:
their policies and procedures for voting in corporate elections;
And how they voted on each issue at each company.
New rules in full effect for the 2004 proxy season subject to a final review for burdensomeness by the Office of Management & Budget.