impact and the UN sustainable development goals

Creating long-term value for our members is the reason HESTA exists. With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as our compass, we’re using our influence to drive meaningful change for members.



why we do this

HESTA believes that as a universal owner, where we are invested in the global economy, and a long-term investor, the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is aligned with our obligation to act in the best financial interests of our members.



how we do this


We seek to invest in and advocate on opportunities that have a positive impact on the environment and society, with a focus on our six areas of impact as framed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where we can meaningfully contribute based on our position in the market as investors.

Our actions focus on solutions that represent strong investment opportunities and contribute to the challenges outlined by the SDGs. We look to form partnerships and pursue opportunities that are expected to deliver strong financial returns while having a positive impact on the economy, environment and society HESTA members will retire into.



our focus areas of impact framed by the sustainable development goals



Good health & wellbeing (UN SDG 3)

People’s health and wellbeing are indicators of sustainable development. Poor health threatens economic stability. Long-term sustainability relies on everyone living healthier and more productive lives.

Good health and wellbeing >




Decent work & economic growth (UN SDG 8)

We recognise that delivering long-term returns for members relies on equal opportunity for prosperity for all in society.

Decent work & economic growth >


Gender equality (UN SDG 5)

More than 80% of HESTA members are women. Championing gender equality, diversity and fair and equal remuneration are important areas of change to help our members achieve a better retirement.

Gender equality >




Sustainable cities & communities (UN SDG 11)

We invest in solutions to improve housing affordability in Australia while delivering appropriate financial returns for our members.

Sustainable cities & communities >


Climate action & Affordable and clean energy (UN SDG 7 & 13)

Climate change is one of the most significant threats to our economy and society. The transition to a low-carbon economy creates investment opportunities that will help deliver long-term value for HESTA members.

Climate action & clean energy >






Super with impact

We're about creating positive returns and positive outcomes for the planet and society through investing with purpose, advocating with influence, and leading by example.