When you invest your super in HESTA Eco Pool you're investing in companies with superior environmental, social and governance performance as assessed by our managers. Eco Pool has investment exclusions concerning uranium, fossil fuels, tobacco and controversial weapons. Property investments are screened to ensure they meet appropriate environmental requirements.
In addition to the traditional valuation assessment, Australian and international listed companies are evaluated for their responsible investment performance. Eco Pool then invests in the companies with the best combination of financial, environmental, social and governance performance.
Eco Pool excludes investment in companies that have material involvement in fossil fuel activity. Other companies specifically excluded from Eco Pool's investments are those involved in the manufacture of controversial weapons, the mining or processing of uranium and those that produce and/or manufacture tobacco or tobacco products.
Property investments in Eco Pool are required to achieve high environmental ratings. These ratings include above average NABERS Energy and NABERS Water ratings and 4 star and above for Green Star — Office Design and as Built (Green Building Council of Australia), when applicable.
Eco Pool’s private equity investments are in sustainable investments. Sustainable investments includes products or services that generate environmental benefits through significant reduced reliance on fossil fuels, reduced use of energy and resources, reduced or eliminated emissions and wastes or other environmental protections principally in the energy, water, waste, transportation, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
By investing your super in sustainable companies and properties, you are encouraging them to respond to community expectations for safer, cleaner, more sustainable performance. And you can acknowledge companies that show they take our environment and community seriously.