Educating via the Media
Rodger seeks to add further value for clients by educating the public via the media. This activity is intended to help Money Matters' clients by increasing the broader demand for responsible investment and therefore the supply of responsible investment options. Rodger’s media activity has seen him featuring as a financial advisor in the TV One series Money Doctor, on TV One's Breakfast programme, as a newspaper columnist, and radio and television commentator.
Recent media activity has included Rodger being:
- interviewed for a NZ Herald article Responsible Investment a force to be reckoned with;
- interviewed twice by Jim Mora on Afternoons with Jim Mora;
- interviewed for an article in the NZ Herald on divestment;
- writing an Opinion Piece for the NZ Herald on divestment ;
- interviewed by Chris Laidlaw as part of a feature on responsible investment.
Indicative of the message Rodger seeks to communicate is one of the points attributed to him in the NZ Herald article Responsible Investment a force to be reckoned with:
There are legal risks of not investing responsibly as well, says Spiller. Professionals who sell investments ought to be asking themselves and their clients whether investment decisions that don't consider environmental, social and governance factors are prudent. Spiller cites a legal opinion from Australian law firm Baker & McKenzie, which questioned whether trustees were doing their fiduciary duty to make the best investment for beneficiaries if they didn't consider the responsible investing aspect of it.
How to put your money behind principles
Article in the Weekend Herald
Ethical investing is becoming more popular and the choice is growing, writes Diana Clement, who interviewed Rodger for this article and quotes him describing typical responsible investing clients. Link to article
Radio NZ Interview with Chris Laidlaw on Ethical Investment
The ‘Ideas team’ looks at the notion and practice of Ethical Investment speaking with Rodger and other responsible investment commentators. Link to audio
It Can Grow Well On Trees
Article in the Sunday Star Times
Moves are afoot to change the widely held perception that addressing environment and social challenges cannot make money, writes Rob Stock. Link to article.
Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change...
...arrived at booksellers with a fanfare. Tucked away among the chapters on composting, carbon neutral schooling, and energy efficient architecture, was a chapter by responsible investment expert Dr Rodger Spiller. It posed the question whether investors could still aim to get a handsome return by investing responsibly, and that includes investing with a carbon conscience, although he admits there's still quite a lot of work to undo myths around responsible investing.
"One of the reasons why people do not invest responsibly is that they perceive incorrectly that they cannot make money and address environmental challenges, like achieving carbon neutrality, and social challenges, such as seeking solutions to poverty." Read more on http://www.stuff.co.nz/4325567a6445.html