The BBC & ASrIA
By Paul Homewood
Another one of the attendees at the infamous BBC Seminar in 2006, as discovered by Maurizio Morabito, was Tessa Tennant, Chair of an outfit called ASrIA, ( The Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia ).
According to their website :-
ASrIA is a Hong Kong based not-for-profit membership association dedicated to promoting sustainable finance and responsible investment (SRI) in the Asia Pacific. ASrIA aims to build market capacity for responsible investing by fostering the creation of SRI products and services and providing training and support services, including conferences, seminars, workshops, research projects and publications. ASrIA members are drawn from the Asian and international financial services industry who work to build momentum and raise the standards for SRI practice in Asia and beyond.
ASrIA’s goal is to build market capacity for SRI. We provide insightful, up to date and accessible information on the development of SRI in Asia and globally. We have also become the platform for different sectors within the community to exchange information and perspectives on SRI, and to take practice forward.
ASrIA has taken a leadership role in promoting sustainable investment in Asia since our founding in 2001. ASrIA has run conferences, seminars and workshops, and published wide-ranging research on SRI issues. ASrIA has also created a very wide network of organizations and individuals interested in the broad range of policy issues and investment strategies which are essential to the implementation of SRI in Asia. ASrIA’s website, www.asria.org, is the primary resource for SRI in Asia, attracting over 15,000 hits per day and over 6,000 subscribers to our regular e-bulletin.
This, no doubt, all sounds very worthy, but a look at their membership list rather suggests that monetary considerations are first, second and third amongst their priorities:-
Sindicatum Sustainable Resources
South Pole Carbon Asset Management Company Ltd
Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.
Sustainalytics Pte Ltd
I wonder what the BBC learnt about climate science from this lot?