We invest in companies aligned with our Ethical Charter (www.australianethical.com.au/australian-ethical-charter). The 23 Charter principles guide us to investments which support people, animals and the environment (positive screening) and which do not cause them unnecessary harm (negative screening).
The consistent, rigorous application of our Charter principles defines a sustainable investment universe which we believe produces good outcomes for both the planet and the financial interests of our clients.
Our Ethical Charter requires us to assess the impacts on people, animals and the environment of a company's products and services (including impacts from the way those products and services are produced, supplied, consumed and disposed of). This process draws on data and analysis from company, industry, government, responsible investment, scientific and civil society sources. This broad and deep research of short and long term social and environmental impacts of companies and sectors builds a more complete understanding of the prospects and risks of the companies and sectors in our universe. As well as defining a sustainable investment universe, this enables more impactful engagement with companies. For our ‘active-fundamental’ equities portfolios, this research also contributes to the way that ESG considerations are integrated into our financial evaluation or portfolio weighting of companies.