Your choice matters
Ethical investing isn’t just about avoiding the negative. It’s also seeking positive investments that drive change for good. For over 30 years this has been our bread and nut butter.
We seek out positive investments that support:
People, quality and sustainability
We avoid investments that harm:
People, animals, society and the environment
Ethics in practice
Our Ethical Charter has been in place since 1986 guiding the way we make investments.
But sometimes it’s hard to comprehend how it works in our everyday decision making process. So we’ve pulled together examples of the companies we invest in and those that don’t pass our ethical charter to help you better understand how we invest.
Is your super fund invested in new coal mines?
You could be forgiven for thinking Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland is the only new coal mine being developed in Australia. In fact, Australia’s largest ‘pure play’ miner Whitehaven Coal is currently seeking approval for two new coal mines – and your super fund may be helping them do it!
The next generation of Aussie renewables
Infigen is one of Australia’s largest publicly listed owners of wind turbines. So who are Infigen, and what makes them such leaders in Australia’s renewable scene?
Why we don’t invest in Afterpay
Consumer credit can be positive for society if it is used to buy useful items. But companies like Afterpay focus on ‘impulse purchases’ that are more likely to push vulnerable Australians into financial over-commitment.
The only way to a sustainable future is a low carbon economy. This is why we are targeting net zero emission from our investment portfolio by 2050. In 2018, our portfolio is 66% less carbon intensive than the benchmark (Sustainability Report 2018.)
Our commitment to address the climate also goes beyond fossil fuel free.
Keep up the fight against live export
Australians were shocked when they saw animal suffering on board Australian live export ships earlier this year. People all over the country have called for an end to the trade. At Australian Ethical, we are maintaining the fight.
Each year we give 10% of our yearly profits to charitable organisations and social impact initiatives making a difference (after tax and before bonuses).
Making an impact
At Australian Ethical, we’re driven by a bigger purpose than just making a profit. We believe business can and should make a positive impact on the world.
Shining a light on community-focused social enterprise
Pollinate Energy began with the mission to change the lives of those living in Indian slum communities by providing sustainable, clean energy through affordable solar products.
One Girl can make a difference
Australian Ethical is supporting One Girl, a not-for-profit organisation fighting gender inequality in Africa by equipping young women with business smarts.
Make a difference
Your money can do more than growing a nest egg for your future.
It can also create a positive change for the planet, people and animals. Join us.