Use your super to make our world a better place … without sacrificing investment performance
When we think about our superannuation, most of us focus our attention on investment returns, security and costs. Outside of these issues, we pay little attention to where our money is invested. We leave that to others and trust them to do a good job with our money.
Many investment managers do a good job based on their mandate of getting you a stable long-term investment return. However, their mandate rarely includes consideration of the social, environmental or ethical impact of the companies they invest your money in.
Most investment managers will diversify your investment funds across multiple asset classes in order to reduce volatility. Within each asset class they will also diversify across many companies. Because of this process, many super funds are being invested in companies that you, as an individual, may be morally or ethically opposed to.
It is not uncommon for large super funds to invest in companies involved in products and practices that include tobacco, weapons and armaments, gambling, unsustainable logging, water pollution, third world exploitation, unsustainable farming practices and animal cruelty.
Many of us are unknowingly supporting companies and industries whose practices we morally oppose.
You could be supporting a charity to assist exploited workers or clean water in Bangladesh while your super fund is investing in a retailer manufacturing its garments in Bangladeshi factories that are unethical and polluting.
Individually we can align our investments with our personal values. Collectively we can drive real social change. We can make a difference with our money. We can encourage clean and renewable energy. We can withdraw funding from the industrialised military complex. We can invest in companies that are not only profitable, but also make a positive contribution to our society and the world.
Together we can make a difference. There is $2 trillion invested in Australian superannuation funds. Each of us can demand that our superannuation funds are invested in accordance with our own values. This can be done simply, profitably and with no material difference in costs.
Would you like to know more about ethical and socially responsible investing? Would you like to ensure that your superannuation funds are not only profitable, but also make a positive impact to society and the environment? Why not build an investment portfolio that aligns with your values and directs your resources to make our world a better place?
Would you like to know more? Give me a call or send me an email by clicking on the contact tab above. I would be happy to show you how this is possible.
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