sustainable growth top performing balanced super option


HESTA’s Sustainable Growth option is the country’s top performing balanced investment option for the year, leading across 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15-year timeframes*, according to third party ratings agency, SuperRatings’ latest Fund Crediting Rate Survey.


The Sustainable Growth investment option achieved a stellar 23.03% return for the FY20/21 financial year and delivered 11.28% p.a. over a rolling 10-year period.

Sustainable Growth was also the leading option across 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20-year time periods, compared with other dedicated sustainable investment options^.

Sustainable Growth option performance

Option/Index FYTD Rolling 3 yrs
Rolling 5 yrs Rolling 7 yrs Rolling 10 yrs Rolling 15 yrs
Sustainable Growth









Median Return (Balanced 60 - 76) 17.60% 7.88% 8.43% 7.79% 8.27% 6.61%

Source: SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey June 2021 (Balanced 60 – 76)

Investments may go up or down. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.



Portrait of Sonya Sawtell-Rickson HESTA CIO on lilac background

“This is a fantastic result for members, and a testament to the outstanding investment expertise of our team and the strong relationships we’ve built over many years with leading specialist responsible investment managers,” HESTA CIO Sonya Sawtell-Rickson said. “Members know they can have a positive impact through their super while benefiting from industry leading investment performance.”

HESTA CIO Sonya Sawtell-Rickson

Balanced Growth investment option performance

Members invested in other investment options also benefited from strong performance, with the HESTA MySuper authorised option Balanced Growth also achieving a record 19.03% return for the financial year and 8.87% p.a. over 10 years.

According to SuperRatings, Balanced Growth also achieved top quartile performance versus other balanced options over 3, 5, 7, 10 and 20-year time periods*.


High Growth investment option performance

The HESTA Ready-Made High Growth investment option was another outstanding performer.

Over the past financial year, High Growth returned 24.92%, and is ranked in the top quartile of performance for 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, and 20-year timeframes#.



Looking ahead

“While performance in any one year is pleasing, what really makes a difference to members’ retirement is strong, competitive, long-term returns,” Ms Sawtell-Rickson said. “While we’re very pleased with the track record of performance we’re delivering for members, we’re also looking to the future."

“We’re continuing to build capability and innovation across our investment team that’s going to allow us to keep delivering outstanding results for members.”

The fund is implementing an internalisation strategy, building out an Australian Equities team and looking to start bringing inhouse cash and fixed income management in 2022.

“Our ambitious investment strategy will build our direct investment capability while also giving us greater access to cutting-edge global investment thinking, helping us to deliver strong, competitive long-term investment returns and ensuring our members’ investments are well positioned for a dynamically changing world.”

Ms Sawtell-Rickson said - while there were strong market returns across many asset classes, particularly listed equities - unlisted asset classes also contributed to the results, despite the impact of the global pandemic.

Private equity, infrastructure and high yield credit performed well, and strong active returns were also generated across multiple asset classes, including equities, government bonds, credit, currency and through timely dynamic asset allocation decisions.



^ SuperRatings Sustainable Fund Crediting Survey June 2021
* SuperRatings Fund Crediting Survey June 2021, Balanced (60-76)
# SuperRatings Fund Crediting Survey June 2021, Growth (77-90)
Product ratings are only one factor to be considered when making a decision.
Investments may go up or down. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.


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