The Guardians has a long-standing commitment to Responsible Investment. We believe that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are material to long term returns. Our governing legislation also requires us to avoid prejudice to New Zealand’s reputation in the world community.
ESG considerations are therefore integrated into all aspects of the Fund’s investment activities, from investment selection and due diligence to ownership activities such as monitoring our external investment managers, exercising our voting rights and engaging with companies to improve their ESG policies and practices.
Our responsible investment work programme is closely aligned to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment – the leading global network for investors to demonstrate their commitment to responsible investment, to collaborate and learn with their peers about the financial and investment implications of ESG issues, and to incorporate these factors into their investment decision making and ownership practices.
As well as applying ESG principles when making investment decisions, we aim to run the Guardians as an organisation in a way that demonstrates good ESG practice and reporting.
In October 2016 the Guardians launched a multifaceted climate change strategy designed to establish resilience to climate change investment risk over the long term.