Aussie RI Market Sees Slight Dip, Impact Investment Doubles  

Australia’s responsible investment market decreased by 16% to AU$1.3 trillion (US$0.8 trillion) in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to a report by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). The ‘Responsible Investment Benchmark Report 2023 Australia’ said that slow global economic growth, and a tightening of reported responsible investment funds due to global regulation and industry standards were all contributing factors to the decline. The survey involved 272 professional investment managers in Australia, who are engaged in responsible investment amounting to AU$3.3 trillion. It found that investors had increased investments into sustainability themes, reaching AU$235 billion, up from AU$161 billion in 2021. Impact investment nearly doubled to AU$59 billion, up from AU$30 billion in 2021. The survey also found that natural capital is emerging as an increasingly popular positive screening theme, with 46% of survey respondents screening for biodiversity preservation and conservation, while climate change-related issues continue to be a priority.  

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