The world is changing. People are making more considered choices, from the clothes they wear to the investments they make. Investors are demanding companies to act more responsibly and they are seeking competitive returns without compromising their values.
Our investment portfolios are well placed to benefit from global megatrends like:
Clean energy solutions
Avoid big carbon-emitters
Health and wellbeing
Australian Ethical has always gone beyond ESG (environmental, social and governance criteria) with its unique combination of ethical screening. Our Ethical Charter has both positive and negative screens, which means we don’t simply avoid companies with a negative impact but we proactively seek out companies that do good.
And while we’ve evolved in many ways since starting in 1986, we have always stayed true to this rigorous positive and negative screening process.
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Our Ethical Charter is a series of statements that guide both the positive side (investments we seek out) and the negative side (investments we avoid) of our ethical approach.
Here’s our stance on the issues we get asked about the most. We’ve developed them by asking what’s best for people, the planet and animals, using the principles of our Ethical Charter.
By 2025, socially engaged groups will represent 75% of the workforce1.
This re-set of expectation is gaining recognition and is translating into a real shift in the allocation of capital, with more than half (56%2) of Australia’s investment now being invested through some form of responsible investment strategy.
We offer investment solutions for the conscious consumer and our customers can choose from a suite of eight managed funds or from the 13 prominent investment options offered in our super fund. Our members feel safe with the knowledge that all the underlying companies and investments in our portfolio have passed our comprehensive ethical screening process.
1. Millennials – the global guardians of capital, UBS, June 2017
2. 2018 Responsible Investment Benchmark Report, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA)
Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)’s most recent 2018 Benchmark Report notes that 55.5% of Australia’s professionally managed assets are invested responsibly. This includes funds that may consider to varying degrees, ESG (environmental, social and governance), exclusions, sustainability-themed and impact in their investment approach.
So how do you cut through all this jargon and what are the opportunities?