HESTA Impact

HESTA Impact is about creating positive returns and positive outcomes for the planet and society through investing with purpose, advocating with influence, and leading by example.

Title: HESTA Impact


HESTA Impact is how we strengthen our members’ financial future and the world they will retire into.

It’s part of our responsibility to protect and enhance long-term investment value for members by promoting sustainable value creation and improving retirement outcomes.

HESTA Impact is about:

  • Investing with Purpose
  • Advocating with Influence  
  • And Leading by Example


At HESTA, we are passionate about being a leader in responsible investment and advocacy.

  • Over 20 years ago, we launched Australia’s first sustainable investment option.
  • We were the first super fund to have our business operations accredited as carbon neutral
  • We were the first major super fund to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050
  • And our work on gender equality is helping to drive legislative change and increase gender balance in the workplace. 

HESTA Impact is helping us take the next step to become even better.


So, how are we going to do it?

Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our compass, we focus on 7 areas of impact:

  • Good health and wellbeing 
  • Gender equality 
  • Clean water and sanitation 
  • Affordable and clean energy 
  • Decent work and economic growth 
  • Sustainable cities and communities 
  • Climate action.



And we have formalised our principles and actions into commitment statements.


So, how does this help our members’ investment performance?

Well, the investment landscape has changed. Investors who consider environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities are more likely to have sustainable investments models and generate strong, long-term returns.

So, when we Invest with Purpose, we consider the impact our investments have on the planet and society. When we Advocate with Influence, we aim to create a fair and healthier community. And when we Lead by Example, we set the standard to create a better world for everyone.

This is HESTA Impact.


Issued by H.E.S.T. Australia Ltd ABN 66 006 818 695 AFSL 235249, the Trustee of HESTA ABN 64 971 749 321. This information is of a general nature. It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or specific needs so you should look at your own financial position and requirements before making a decision. You may wish to consult an adviser when doing this. The target market determination for HESTA products can be found at hesta.com.au/TMD Before making a decision about HESTA products you should read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (call 1800 813 327 or visit hesta.com.au for a copy), and consider any relevant risk (visit the HESTA website for more information).




what is HESTA Impact?

At HESTA, we invest in and for the people who make our world better. We think and act holistically about how to achieve strong investment returns while contributing to a healthier planet and society. We do this to make a real difference to our members’ financial future, and to the world into which they’ll retire. Real impact is achieved by aligning three areas of work: investing with purpose, advocating with influence and leading by example.


We invest with purpose

Investing for long-term performance requires a long-term perspective on how investments improve the planet and society. Superannuation is a lifetime strategy. HESTA invests for the whole journey.

Investing with purpose



We advocate with influence

By raising our voice to influence opinion, policy and culture, we’re keeping our promise to be a gutsy advocate driving meaningful change for generations to come.

Advocating with influence



We lead by example

We are proud to be a first mover and set a standard that generates social change and protects our environment.

Leading by example




this is how we do it


Creating long-term value for our members is the reason HESTA exists. With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as our compass, we’re delivering long-term value for our members, our community and our planet.

We do this by making meaningful contributions towards 6 strategic areas of impact.

HESTA Impact and UN SDGs





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