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Responsible investment

Responsible investment is a term used to describe an investment process which takes environment, social, governance (ESG) or ethical considerations into account. This process is incorporated into, or is in addition to, the usual fundamental investment selection and management process.

Many investors believe that you can’t have both profit and principle when investing. But there is growing evidence supporting the case for responsible investing as a profitable and prudent investment strategy.

AMP Capital is one of the longest standing managers of specialist responsible investment funds in Australasia. With a track record of over ten years, we were one of the first managers to systematically integrate sustainability issues with financial analysis.

Responsible investment provides:

  • Competitive returns within a sustainable and responsible framework
  • Access to funds with a responsible investment focus across a range of asset classes
  • Robust investment process combining a sustainability focus with stringent financial analysis

 

Philosophy and process

Investment philosophy

Investment philosophy

In line with our overarching investment philosophy, we believe considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors within AMP Capital’s investment decision-making and ownership practices provides greater insight into areas of potential risk and opportunity. These insights impact the value, performance (risk and/or return) and reputation of the investments we make on behalf of our clients.

Investment process

Investment process

The key motivation for considering ESG issues within the investment process is to develop a greater awareness of areas of risk and opportunity that could materially impact the value or performance of an investment. Our responsible investment funds employ a robust investment process that combines a sustainability focus with stringent financial analysis. Funds are managed against specific ‘Responsible Investment’ criteria which prohibits investments in certain companies or activities (eg gambling, armaments, tobacco, pornography), and encourages investment in companies with strong environmental, social and ethical characteristics.

Investment teams

Investment teams

AMP Capital offers a range of responsible investment funds which use internal and external fund managers to provide particular investment exposures. These funds are managed by our specialist multi-manager and equities teams in Australia and New Zealand.

ESG integration within the investment process is facilitated via a dedicated in-house ESG research team that undertakes analysis for the benefit of our investment teams.

Why invest with us?

Experience

Experience

As the largest manager of responsible investments in Australia and New Zealand , we have accumulated over a decade of experience integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into our investment decision-making.

Commitment to responsible investment

Commitment to responsible investment

In 2007 we reinforced our commitment to incorporating ESG issues into our investment decisions by signing up to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). We believe implementation of the PRI will result in better quality investment outcomes for investors, and closer alignment between our objectives and those of society at large.

Competitive returns

Competitive returns

Investing responsibly does not mean having to sacrifice competitive returns. The rigorous screening processes involved in responsible investment can help identify companies that, in the long term, have the potential to do well.

Investment options

AMP Capital Responsible Investment Leaders Conservative Fund

Investing in a conservative fund provides diversification across all asset types, with a distinct bias to income assets such as bonds.

AMP Capital Responsible Investment Leaders Growth Fund

Investing in a growth fund uses diversification across asset types, with a distinct bias to growth assets such as shares.

AMP Capital Responsible Investment Leaders Balanced Fund

A responsible investment fund provides diversification across asset types with a balance of income and growth assets, while investing within responsible investment parameters.

AMP Capital Responsible Investment Leaders NZ Shares Fund

Investing responsibly in a NZ shares fund offers the opportunity to invest in a portfolio of listed New Zealand shares which are managed against specific ‘responsible investment’ criteria. This prohibits investments in certain companies or activities and encourages investment in companies with strong environmental, social and ethical characteristics.

AMP Capital Responsible Investment Leaders Global Shares Fund

Global shares responsible investing offers access to an international shares multi-manager strategy that blends manager styles within a sustainable and responsible framework.