Responsible Investment

Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Responsible Investing Sustainability

In line with our ESG & Responsible Investment Philosophy, we continue to evolve how we can best integrate important environmental, social and governance issues into our investment process, and advocate better outcomes for our customers and society.

AMP Capital’s Responsible Investment Leaders (RIL) funds give investors access to a range of investment portfolios targeting companies which are taking a leading approach on social and environmental issues. It is a way for investors to align their investments with their values, and direct their money toward funds with a more sustainable future.

 

  • Positive Impact

    We invest in companies that seek to have a positive impact on society

  • Negative exclusions

    We exclude companies and assets that negatively impact our world

  • Active engagement

    We actively engage with companies to make the world a better place.

We invest in companies that positively contribute to society and engage on environment, social and governance issues that are important to you.

  • Human rights
  • Animal welfare
  • Child labour & treatment of workers
  • Climate change & Energy efficiency
  • Gender diversity
  • Environment
  • Governance
  • Pollution
  • Executive pay
  • Responsible banking

We avoid companies & assets that negatively impact our world

  • Tobacco
  • Nuclear power (including uranium)
  • Armaments
  • Gambling
  • Alcohol
  • Fossil Fuels (thermal coal & brown coal power generation)
  • Pornography

Read more in our Responsible Investment Leaders Charter

Our impact

To us, responsible investing is more than just negative screens and exclusions. It is about engaging with companies to make the world a better place.

Read our 2018 Engagement Report to learn about the work that was done on your behalf in 2017.

It covers the big issues of 2017 and showcases some of the assets the Responsible Investment Leaders funds have supported to make the world a better place.

How do you strike the right balance between ethical and commercial investment decisions?

We recognise that environmental, social governance factors can impact long-term business success by affecting the sustainability of earnings. By investing in managers which consider these factors alongside traditional financial metrics, the Responsible Investment Leaders funds work towards the overall objective of generating competitive returns within a sustainable and responsible framework. 

Ultimately, we seek to invest for better a future on behalf of our clients.
 

What are green bonds and do you invest in them?

Green bonds are debt instruments issued by companies or governments to fund environmental or climate-related projects. We are particularly passionate about investing in green bonds because the money raised goes straight to environmental projects like renewable energy power generation, low carbon public transport or largescale forests, often ensuring that important renewable projects get off the ground. We can trace the funds and the impact they are having on the world.
 

Do you measure and publish your Carbon Footprint?

Understanding climate risk is crucial in a world where the climate is changing. Carbon footprints are one way of assessing and thinking about the risk posed by climate change to an investment portfolio, but it is not the only way.


We measure the RIL funds’ carbon footprints at the same time every year and compare the footprints of the equity components of the funds to the appropriate equity benchmark. For example, the RIL NZ Shares Fund footprint is compared to the footprint of the S&P/NZX 50 Index. The footprints are made publicly available on our website.

We are also considering how the funds are positioned for a 2 degree world.
 

Do clients have a voice on ethical screens?

The ethical screens are contained in the RIL funds’ Ethical Charter. This Charter is set by a majority-independent Ethics Committee which meets three times a year. The Ethics Committee is chaired by Dr Ian Woods, Head of AMP Capital’s ESG Research team, and includes up to six independent representatives from some of the largest clients in the Responsible Investment Leaders Funds.
 
The Ethics Committee also reviews portfolio holdings to ensure that the underlying managers are investing in line with the Charter. If the Ethics Committee decides that a company is inconsistent with the spirit of the Charter, it will be placed on an exclusion list and all holdings will be divested. The Ethics Committee also oversees the funds’ engagement activities.
 

Specialist Responsible Investment Funds

All our responsible investment funds target competitive investment performance together with clear social and environmental outcomes. In managing the funds we draw upon our ESG in-house research expertise, together with our investment teams.
 

  • RIAA Certification
    RIAA Certification

The RIL Funds have been certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) according to the strict operational and disclosure practices required under the Responsible Investment Certification Program. See www.responsibleinvestment.org for details.^

The Certification Symbol signifies AMP Capital has adopted strict disclosure practices required under the Responsible Investment Certification Program and further confirms our commitment to responsible investment.

^The Responsible Investment Certification Program does not constitute financial advice for the purposes of the Financial Advisors Act 2008. Neither the Certification Symbol nor RIAA recommends to any person that any financial product is a suitable investment or that returns are guaranteed. Appropriate professional advice should be sought prior to making an investment decision. RIAA does not hold an Australian Financial Services Licence.

Responsible investing

AMP Capital Ethical & ESG

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues are as important to AMP Capital as they are to you. That is why our corporate responsibility framework commits our organisation to making responsible investment decisions on behalf
of our clients.

Important notes

This content has been prepared for the purpose of providing general information only, without taking account of any particular investor’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Investors should, before making any investment decisions, consider the appropriateness of the information on this website, and seek professional advice, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. All information on this website is subject to change without notice. 

AMP Investment Management (N.Z.) Limited (FSP37681) is the manager and issuer of the various AMP Capital Investment Funds offered through this website. Product Disclosure Statements for the funds are available and can be obtained from the Pricing and Performance page.

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