Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

AMP Capital launches ethical youth advisory committee

By Camille Wynter
ESG Investment Research Analyst Sydney, Australia

AMP Capital has formed a youth advisory committee to help inform our Ethical Leaders investment committee.

The committee, which I’m privileged to chair, comprises six university students from both Australia and New Zealand, and met for the first time last month.

Investors are becoming more interested in the impact of the assets they own, and this focus is likely to strengthen over time.

By establishing the Youth Advisory Committee, we are providing the youth of today an opportunity to tell us how they would like to see their superannuation invested. We view ourselves in partnership with our clients in helping to deliver and shape a sustainable future.

Animal rights in focus

The main topic for the committee’s first meeting was animal rights. We discussed how animal rights might be considered in terms of stock or sector exclusions or increased company engagement.

The committee raised questions about the live export industry, animal testing by cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies, the dairy industry and the impact of agricultural chemicals on the honeybee population.

A common view was that testing on animals for the development of cosmetics was unnecessary, with the harm brought upon the animal outweighing the human benefit. The committee members were interested in how the investment committee can engage with cosmetics companies about their use of animal testing in their research and development process.

Social media and privacy

At our next meeting, in November, we will be discussing the ethics of social media and the issue of privacy.

It is inspiring to hear the views of such passionate future leaders about the impact our investments have on society and the environment. We look forward to working with them going forward.

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Camille Wynter, ESG Investment Researcher
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