Have you ever wondered about super and investment funds that claim to be ethical or sustainable, but you suspect they might not be true to label?
In today’s episode I talk with Chris Lang about Leaf Ratings, which aim to eradicate green (& ‘rainbow') washing! You can find the web page at www.leafratings.org.
Leaf Ratings are based on surveys done by Financial Advisers in the Ethical Advisers Co-Operative, and they aim to rate a fund in terms of its suitability for an average ethical investor. Each super and investment fund gets a rating out of 5, with a 2 page pdf attached - which you can click on to access the fund overview, ethical concerns and good points of each fund. The rating only considers the ethics of each fund and does not include any analysis of fees, performance or financial suitability.
So who better to talk to about these ratings than Chris Lang, who is the Lead coordinator of the Co-op’s Leaf-Ratings working group. Chris is an Adviser with Ethical Choice in Hobart, and is part of our Ethical Investment Advisers team. Chris graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning, with distinction. He was accepted into a highly competitive national graduate program, and has worked as an adviser in Tasmania since.
I hope you enjoy this discussion and encourage you to check out www.leafratings.org if you haven’t already.
We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we recorded on, the Wardandi Noongar people. We pay our respects to them and their culture; and to elders past, present and future.
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