Our Positive / Best in Class / Sustainability process is based on a 'Best of Sector' Approach. Higher ratings will typically be favoured to those with lower scores and lower ranked issuers will generally be excluded.
This framework focuses on industries with products and services that provide a direct benefit to social and/or environmental outcomes such as: environmental management or remediation environmental technologies; energy efficiency and renewable energy; low-impact products or products that reduce ecological footprint; sustainable buildings and property development; sustainable land use and food production; and improved health and community well-being.
It may also include companies we deem to demonstrate leading environmental and social practices. In assessing this, we have regard to sustainability strategy, policy, management and performance in areas such as:
- environmental management including for example, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use;
- business ethics and conduct, including stakeholder relations;
- occupational health and safety management and performance; and
- human capital management (HCM), including workplace relations, equal opportunity, consultation and participation in the workplace and employee conditions and benefits.