Strong results for NZ Super Fund in UN Principles for Responsible Investment Report
Posted On: Friday, 30 August 2019

The NZ Super Fund has received strong ratings across several categories in the latest United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) Report.

The Fund received an A+ rating for its approach to strategy and governance, the fifth year it has achieved the top grade. Other key results included A+ marks for the manager selection, appointment and monitoring module for infrastructure, private equity and property investments, the first time the Fund has been judged on these categories.

“We were particularly pleased at the infrastructure category result, given this is an area of increasing focus for the Fund, both in renewable energy infrastructure and low-carbon transport with our bid for the Auckland Light Rail project a prime example,” says NZ Super Fund Head of Responsible Investment Anne-Maree O’Connor.

“The Fund takes a strong and purposeful approach to responsible investment. We believe that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are material to long-term returns.”

The UNPRI is the leading global proponent of responsible investment. It seeks to understand the investment implications of ESG factors and to support signatories to incorporate them into investment and ownership decisions.

The Super Fund was amongst the founding 25 signatories to the principles in 2006. Since then the number of signatories has grown to over 2,500 entities, representing more than USD70 trillion of assets under management.

The Fund received A+ or A ratings for all categories it was assessed against, including direct listed equity and active ownership. Improvements in the past year included in the listed equity category where heightened disclosure of all voting decisions saw it regain an A+ grade.

“ESG considerations are integrated into our due diligence processes, opportunity and access point selections, as well as ownership activities such as exercising our voting rights and engaging with companies to improve their policies and practices,” says Ms O’Connor.

“The Fund remains committed to continuous improvement of our activities, so that we meet the expectations of New Zealanders who want us to invest in a responsible manner. We’re very happy to have maintained a top tier placing among UNPRI peers globally.”

The NZ Super Fund UNPRI Assessment Report is available here.

Further information on the UNPRI’s reporting methodology is available at: www.unpri.org

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