What is ethical super?

Finding a superannuation product that is completely authentic and transparent can be harder than you think. When you have so many options to choose from, it can be hard to make the right choice about where to invest your financial future.

Looking beyond the label

When you invest with us, you’re putting yourself in the driver’s seat and making a conscious decision of where your retirement money goes – that is, keeping your mind engaged and making sure you understand what you are choosing to support, or not support.

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Do the right thing, even when no-one is looking

Why would you invest with us and why does it matter? Our ethical charter drives our investment choices and underpins every aspect of our business. We do what’s right, even when no-one’s looking. We avoid investments in corporations that operate in harmful industries such as coal, oil, weapons, tobacco, gambling or are involved in human rights abuses. 

Unknowingly, many funds expose their members’ investments to coal mining, gambling, and materials which rely on non-renewable resources. Here’s our stance on issues we get asked about.

We also believe in the transformative power of money to achieve positive social and environmental outcomes. Not only do we avoid harmful sectors, we also look for investments in emerging growth sectors like renewable energy, technology, efficient transport, recycling, education and health.

Our in-house ethics and investment teams provide our members with an ethical portfolio that aims to generate competitive returns over the long term.

We offer seven investment options in our super fund for the conscious consumer. This means every buying decision you make has the power to change the world a little. It’s how you start wielding your power for good.

You can be safe in the knowledge that all the underlying companies and investments in our portfolio have passed our comprehensive ethical screening process. 

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Best performing super

Australian Ethical Super offers 7 investment options and we’ve had some great results for June 2020.

#1 Australian Shares option ranks 1st over the 5 years, 7 years and 10 years

#3 Balanced option ranks 3rd over 1 year

#12 Growth option ranks 12th over the 3 years

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#Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Ratings or investment returns are only one factor you should consider when deciding how to invest your super. Remember, superannuation is generally a long-term investment. For details on the risks and fees of investing in Australian Ethical Super, please refer to the Super Product Disclosure Statement.

SuperRatings does not issue, sell, guarantee or underwrite this product. Go to www.superratings.com.au for details of its ratings criteria. SuperRatings performance fee is net of percentage based administration and investment fee and does not include the $97 member fee.

Source: SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey as at June 2020:

  • Australian Ethical Super’s Australian Shares option ranks no.1 over 5 years, 7 years and 10 years according to the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey – Australian Shares Index delivering returns of 8.87% p.a, 10.68% p.a and 10.47% p.a respectively.
  • Australian Ethical Super’s Balanced option was ranked no.3 in the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey – SR50 Balanced (60-76) Index over 1 year delivering a 2.42% return (5 year return is 6.47% p.a and 7 year return is 7.32% p.a).
  • Australian Ethical Growth option was ranked no.12 in the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey – SR50 Growth (77-90) Index over 3 years delivering a 6.37% return (5 year return is 6.37% p.a and 7 year return is 7.71% p.a).

Award-winning super

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2020 Green Superannuation Fund of the Year

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2020 SuperRatings Infinity Award for best sustainable super fund++

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2020 SuperRatings Gold for MyChoice Super and MySuper++

++ SuperRatings does not issue, sell, guarantee or underwrite this product. Go to www.superratings.com.au for details of its ratings criteria.