Future Super's Impact Report for 2018

Our Impact Report focuses on a few ideas in particular:
  • What is the carbon footprint of our investment strategy?
  • What are the members who roll into Future Super avoiding?
  • What other work do we do that delivers on our purpose?
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We take our screening process very seriously

Every company that makes it onto our investment list goes through a rigorous ethical screening process.

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Excluded investments

Our negative screening process excludes companies engaged in the following activities:

Fossil Fuels
Fossil Fuels
We do not invest in any company that mines, burns or extracts fossil fuels, or in companies that provide specific and significant services to the fossil fuel industry.
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Armaments & Militarism
Armaments & Militarism
Armaments and militarism, support for regressive regimes or operations in countries of concern
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Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear and uranium
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Live animal export
Live animal export
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Old growth logging
Old growth logging
Old growth forest logging
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Animal Cruelty
Animal Cruelty
Unnecessarily cruel treatment of animals (performance animals, cosmetic animal testing, factory farming and intensive animal agriculture)
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Slave labour
Slave labour
Slave labour, poor labour standards or working conditions
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Corruption
Corruption
Corruption or bribery
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Intensive agriculture
Intensive agriculture
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Environmental destruction
Environmental destruction
Destroying or wasting resources, or destruction of valuable environments
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Polluting
Polluting
Polluting and carbon intensive activities
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Social harm
Social harm
Activities that cause social harm, such as detention centres
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Harmful financing
Harmful financing
Financing or support of activities which cause environmental or social harm
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Poor corporate governance
Poor corporate governance
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Approved investments

Our positive screening process actively seeks out companies involved in the following activities:

Renewable energy
Renewable energy
Renewable and efficient energy
Recycling
Recycling
Recycling and reuse of waste
Resource conservation
Resource conservation
Water and resource conservation, and protection of natural environments
Social infrastructure
Social infrastructure
Green buildings, social infrastructure
Sustainable timber production
Sustainable timber production
Healthcare & wellbeing
Healthcare & wellbeing
Education
Education
Efficient transport
Efficient transport
Green IT
Green IT
Sustainable products
Sustainable products
Sustainable products, ethical procurement and fair trade
Labour standards & corporate governance
Labour standards & corporate governance
Strong labour standards and corporate governance
Flexible workplaces
Flexible workplaces
Flexibility in work and lifestyle
Community finance
Community finance
Community finance, local enterprise or social enterprise
Ethical treatment of people and animals
Ethical treatment of people and animals
Ethical treatment of people and animals
Production of healthy foods
Production of healthy foods
Production of healthy foods and support for healthy lifestyles
Social wellbeing
Social wellbeing
Activities that promote dignity and wellbeing, and alleviate poverty

Why invest ethically?

When you make a financial investment, you are also making an investment in the type of future you want.

Most super funds make investment choices without considering a company’s real-world social, ethical and environmental impact. If a company is large or looks profitable, who cares if they make the money from manufacturing nuclear weapons, selling cigarettes, or burning fossil fuels?

Future Super members care.

Our members don’t want their retirement savings funding activities that are harmful to people and the planet. Future Super won’t invest in any company that fails our strict ethical criteria. Instead, we invest your super money in companies building a better world.

Choosing ethical investments

Some super funds are called 'ethical' or have a 'sustainable' option, but it’s not easy to work out what this means.

We are upfront about our values, and transparent about where member's money is invested.

Here’s how we use ethics to shape our investment decisions.

At Future Super we use a two-step ethical screening process to ensure your money is invested in companies that can both grow your super savings and build a better world.

  1. Out with the bad: our negative screen rules out harmful and destructive industries like fossil fuels, detention centres, live animal export, nuclear, tobacco and more.
  2. In with the good: our positive screen ensures we actively seek out companies that are doing social and environmental good, such as renewable energy, healthcare, education and IT.

Our ethical research team constantly monitor the companies in our portfolio to make sure they match our values.

Transparency

An important part of investing ethically is knowing where your money is invested. While most super funds only disclose their largest 10 investments, Future Super is fully transparent. Check out the full Future Super portfolio.

Ethical funds have done better

Responsible investment funds have outperformed over the last 5 years^ 

8.2%
Average Responsible Investment Fund^
7.5%
Multi-Sector Growth Fund Average^

^ Source: Responsible Investment Association Australiasia, Responsible Investment Benchmark Report 2016 Australia. Per Annum returns for 5 year period to 30 June 2016, Multi-Sector Growth Funds. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

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