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Where we draw the line

We'll draw lines in the sand when it comes to our evaluation of companies. Our positions on topical issues guide our investment decisions and our voice for change.

    

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Deforestation
We are committed to taking action to help halt and reverse nature loss including by addressing deforestation.
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Climate action
We're taking serious action to limit global warming.
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Clean energy investment
We invest in renewable energy (solar, wind, tidal, geothermal and sustainable hydro), and battery storage.
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Human rights
We look for businesses that respect human rights
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Fossil fuel
We exclude companies whose main business is fossil fuels (extracting coal, oil or gas).
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Agriculture
Food delivers essential nutrition to sustain human life. Healthy food prevents disease and contributes to wellbeing.
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Animal protection
We look for businesses that respect animal rights.
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Live export
We do not invest in live export.
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Regenerative animal agriculture
Regenerative animal agriculture may be a part of a sustainable food system, but we still need to eat fewer animals.
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Banking
Banks contribute to the transfer of money and capital across society, facilitating access to goods and services.
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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
We recognise the potential of GMOs to alleviate food shortages, reduce pesticide use and produce biofuels.
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Timber and forestry
We do not invest in old growth forest logging.
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Social media
We invest in social media where companies are taking action to reduce harm from its misuse.
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Business in occupied territories
We restrict+ investments in companies operating in occupied or disputed territories where they are supporting illegitimate government control of those territories.
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Fish farming
We don’t believe fish farming is sustainable.
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Mining
We restrict+ investment in most mining companies.
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Healthcare
We invest in healthcare because it enables people to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
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Offshore detention
We do not invest in companies operating detention centres.
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Indigenous rights
We won’t invest in companies discriminating against indigenous people.
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Natural capital
Understanding and managing impacts on natural capital is essential for a sustainable future.
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Workforce health, safety and well-being
Employee health, safety and general well-being are important factors we consider when making investment decisions.
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Diversity and equal opportunity
We restrict+ investment in companies that discriminate and engage selectively with companies where we see low gender diversity at senior leadership levels.
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Green bonds
We support a credible green bond market.
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Militarism and weapons
We do not invest in companies that make weapons.
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Alcohol
We restrict+ investment in the alcohol industry, including brewers, distillers, wine makers and pubs.
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Airlines and cars
We’ll invest in electric car manufacturers like Tesla.
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Insurance
Insurance helps the sharing of risk across society.
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Hydro electricity
We restrict+ investments in new, large-scale hydro-electricity projects because of their to ecosystems.
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International investment
We invest in Australia and internationally.
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Nuclear power and uranium mining
We don’t invest in nuclear fission energy.
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Chemicals including pesticides
We do not have a blanket exclusion for chemical or pesticide companies.
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Tobacco manufacture
We don’t invest in companies which manufacture tobacco products.
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Gambling
We restrict+ investments in the gambling industry.
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Palm oil
We restrict+ investments in palm oil production because of the impact of land clearing including on local communities and wildlife habitat.
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Marriage equality under Australian Law
We support marriage equality.
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Voice to Parliament Referendum
Australian Ethical supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
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Pornography
We restrict+ investments in companies which produce pornography.
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Media
A healthy news and media sector offers reliable information and diverse viewpoints which inform and educate audiences.
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Waste-to-energy
Using waste to produce energy is one way we can manage waste more sustainably.
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Tax
We don’t exclude companies for tax minimisation strategies, but we will exclude where we identify a corporate intention to illegally evade tax.
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Governments
Legitimate and accountable governments play an important role in the advancement of people, animals and the environment.
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Whose ethics?
Our ethics are defined by our Ethical Charter.

Australian Ethical acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and recognise and celebrate their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and thank them for protecting Country since time immemorial.

See our Reconciliation Action Plan