Ethical Charter

The Australian 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.

Below is a summary of the charter.

We seek out positive investments that support:




We avoid investments that harm:





Our Ethical Charter: Unchanged since 1986

Australian Ethical shall seek out investments which provide for and support:

  1. the development of workers’ participation in the ownership and control of their work organisations and places
  2. the production of high quality and properly presented products and services
  3. the development of locally based ventures
  4. the development of appropriate technological systems
  5. the amelioration of wasteful or polluting practices
  6. the development of sustainable land use and food production
  7. the preservation of endangered eco-systems
  8. activities which contribute to human happiness, dignity and education
  9. the dignity and well being of non-human animals
  10. the efficient use of human waste
  11. the alleviation of poverty in all its forms
  12. the development and preservation of appropriate human buildings and landscape

Australian Ethical shall avoid any investment which is considered to unnecessarily:

  1. pollute land, air or water
  2. destroy or waste non-recurring resources
  3. extract, create, produce, manufacture, or market materials, products, goods or services which have a harmful effect on humans, non-human animals or the environment
  4. market, promote or advertise, products or services in a misleading or deceitful manner
  5. create markets by the promotion or advertising of unwanted products or services
  6. acquire land or commodities primarily for the purpose of speculative gain
  7. create, encourage or perpetuate militarism or engage in the manufacture of armaments
  8. entice people into financial over-commitment
  9. exploit people through the payment of low wages or the provision of poor working conditions
  10. discriminate by way of race, religion or sex in employment, marketing, or advertising practices
  11. contribute to the inhibition of human rights generally