HESTA recognises that investing responsibly - for people and the 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.
Considerations when making decisions include:
Affordable and clean energy
Biodiversity and conservation
Management of natural resources
Reducing pollution and waste
Good health and wellbeing
Workplace health and safety
Decent work and labour standards
Sustainable cities and communities
Strong institutions are critical for protecting people and the planet. Therefore when making investment decisions we also consider strong and diverse boards, fair remuneration, business ethics, transparency and fair payment of tax.
HESTA is committed to creating better futures for our members. One of the ways we do this is through being a responsible investor and thinking long-term, including thinking of future generations. This approach allows us to positively impact the broader economy, society and environment.
Considering the impacts - both positive and negative – of our investments on the planet and people, is important because they can affect the value of an individual investment, whether it's a company, property, infrastructure asset or another type of investment. And that can affect long-term returns to members.
Responsible investing is particularly important for super funds for two key reasons.