responsible investment

HESTA recognises that investing responsibly - for people and planet - is important to an investment’s long-term value.

Looking at an investment's impact on people and planet helps us to more fully understand its risks and opportunities, particularly over the longer term.

Some examples include:

Planet People

Climate change

Greenhouse gas emissions

Biodiversity loss

Resource scarcity

Pollution and waste

Workplace health and safety

Human rights

Supply chain labour standards

Ageing populations

Community engagement

Board structure and independence

Executive remuneration


Business ethics

Risk management



Why does responsible investing matter?

Impacts on planet and people are important because they can affect the value of an individual investment, whether it's a company, property, infrastructure or another type. And that can affect long-term returns to members.

These impacts could include things like loss of reputation and share value, fines from regulators, or changing regulatory standards.

Responsible investing is particularly important for super funds for two key reasons.

  1. We invest over a very long timeframe. This makes issues such as climate change and the government regulation around it important because they can affect investment value.
  2. We are broadly invested across many markets, so the health and resilience of the economy as a whole is important. 


active ownership

We believe that good corporate governance is critical to protecting the value of our investments.

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climate change

We focus on the risks that impact an investment's returns and the environment.

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HESTA Eco Pool

When you choose Eco Pool, you're investing your super based on a range of responsible investment criteria

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