Jun 8 2021

The future of work, investing in health and safety, and the importance of the ‘S’ in ESG were the main topics at the Pension Investment Research Consultants’ (PIRC) inaugural ‘WORK’ Conference, held in the UK in early May. The PIRC advise local government pension schemes, corporate funds, and Sovereign Wealth Funds. Duncan Symonds, Executive Director, Asset Management in our London office.

Jun 2 2021

IFM Investors continues to work collaboratively with our investors and other investment industry stakeholders globally to promote improved management and disclosure of climate-related risks. In late 2020, we became a founding signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, and we are excited to be working with a growing number of co-signatories to share our infrastructure expertise and help galvanise the asset management industry to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

May 31 2021

In this edition of IFM’s Monthly Economic Update, Chief Economist Alex Joiner discusses the disparate Q1 “growth pulse” across the major global economies and explains the on-going importance of stimulatory fiscal policy to underpin the global economic recovery.

May 24 2021

The cornerstone of our responsible investment and stewardship approach is managing a range of risks and opportunities relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. In efforts to maximise investment outcomes, we systematically and explicitly consider ESG data alongside financial data to shape our decisions throughout the investment process.

May 24 2021

Melbourne Airport’s 12 megawatt (MW) solar farm offers an example of critical social infrastructure creating operational efficiencies, adding value and reducing carbon emissions. Michael Hanna, IFM’s Head of Infrastructure, Australia, provides details about the project and how it aligns to IFM Investors’ approach to supporting portfolio companies to prosper in the transition to a net zero future.

Apr 29 2021

In this edition of IFM’s Monthly Economic Update, Chief Economist Alex Joiner discusses the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) upgrades to its global growth forecasts, the medium term challenges that continue to confront developed economies and the factors underpinning the recent strength in equity markets.

Apr 21 2021

Our Private Equity team integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into its investment analysis and decision making and ongoing asset management activities. David Odgers, Executive Director, Private Equity provides an excerpt from our 2020 Responsible Business Report demonstrating the team’s ESG approach in action using portfolio company case study: My Plan Manager.

Apr 21 2021

IFM Investors stands against all forms of forced labour and is committed to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our supply chain and the supply chains of our investments. Chris Newton, Executive Director, Responsible Investment provides an overview of IFM’s approach to preventing modern slavery risks.

Mar 23 2021

As the world transitions towards renewable energy, which companies will be the ultimate winners and losers? Jim Copland, Executive Director of the IFM Active Small Caps team, takes questions on how Australian small cap mining stocks could benefit from the expected demand surge for the raw minerals and metals used in the production of batteries, especially those destined for electric vehicles.

Mar 17 2021

IFM community grant funding is supporting the Port of Brisbane and Ocean Crusaders to expand a program to that is helping people develop skills for further employment, while cleaning up Brisbane’s waterways. The projects aims to remove significant debris from mangrove areas adjacent to the newly constructed Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) seawall - where litter is a significant issue impacting the environment and wildlife. The project aligns to the Port of Brisbane’s sustainability strategy, aiming to improve environmental and social conditions in the port’s community.

Mar 16 2021

In this edition of IFM’s Monthly Economic Update, Chief Economist Alex Joiner discusses how the Australian economy is faring within the emerging global recovery, the outlook for the Reserve Bank of Australia’s monetary policy and the key factors driving global markets, particularly the recent rise in long term bond yields.

Mar 11 2021

We’ve partnered with the University of Sydney Business School to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on women’s participation in the labour market and how applying a gender lens might help drive economic growth and build gender equality. In this video, lead researcher Professor Rae Cooper highlights that applying a gender lens to recovery efforts will help create good jobs that increase women’s participation in the labour market and build gender equality.

Mar 10 2021

At the end of December 2020, the percentage of female directors on ASX200 company boards was 32.4 per cent, up from 30.9 per cent seven months earlier in May. At IFM Investors, we understand greater diversity at the board and executive team level leads to broader thinking and ultimately, better decision making, and we continue to collaborate with like-minded investors as we seek to drive further improvements in this area. Chris Newton, Executive Director Responsible Investment, highlights examples of collaborative engagements we undertook in 2020 on the theme of gender diversity.

Mar 10 2021

In 2021, IFM Investors will continue to roll out a refreshed corporate inclusion and diversity (I&D) strategy, which includes gender diversity targets, unconscious bias training and the removal of candidate names and high schools from resumes.

Mar 5 2021

During an IFM Investors Investment Committee meeting in 2010, there was active debate about a pressing issue: “what should the portfolio concentration limits be for various infrastructure sub-sectors, such as utilities or roads?” This prompted the formation of a team that spent a year researching and designing a portfolio construction methodology, culminating in the launch of InFRAMETM in mid-2011. This is the story of InFRAME and how it continues to contribute to our infrastructure portfolios.

Mar 3 2021

The IFM Investors Community Grants Program was designed to support our infrastructure investee companies to collaborate with local community organisations on projects that create mutual benefits. In response to the plight of more than 400,000 seafarers stranded at sea due to COVID-19, the Program has recently helped to fund the introduction of the Seafarer Connect project at DP World Australia’s Port Botany terminal.

Feb 25 2021

We continue to work with and support our infrastructure assets globally to develop and implement energy efficiency and carbon reduction programs. Infrastructure Asset Management Executive Director Duncan Symonds, outlines some of UK-based Anglian Water’s use of renewable energy sources.

Jan 28 2021

Adrian Kerley, Executive Director, discusses the role Australian Private Equity can play in delivering enhanced returns and improved diversification to institutional portfolios. In particular, he points to some of the opportunities in today’s marketplace – particularly in the Australian mid-market sector – where experienced private equity investors can potentially improve corporate growth over the long term.