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Our approach to responsible investing

We're committed to responsible investing. Environmental,
social and governance (ESG) issues are considered by our
in-house investment management team when making
decisions about investments.

We’re part of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment framework.

In 2020 Kiwi Wealth became a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment framework. Find out why that’s important and what that means.

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Our commitment to responsible investment

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Applies to everything
we do 

We identify opportunities and vote for positive change on ESG issues in organisations we invest in. And, none of our funds have holdings in tobacco or controversial weapons companies, directly or indirectly. We not only exclude companies based on what they produce, we also exclude based on their behaviour and impact on people and the environment.

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Performance is always
a priority

The investment approach we've taken provides greater opportunity to generate better market returns. Our responsible investment decisions reflect good long-term business sense. Members can feel good about doing the “right thing” without compromising potential returns.

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We’re in control of
where we invest

Our New Zealand-based global investment management team has control over which industries and companies our funds are invested in. Decisions about what is or isn't invested in is in our control, guided by our Responsible Investment Policy.

How we apply our Responsible Investing Policy

Our Responsible Investment Policy sets out how we will incorporate responsible investing principles and practices into our investment decisions. This includes decisions to invest in securities and decisions to appoint investment managers.

We do our research

We subscribe to MSCI ESG Research who provide us with in-depth research, ratings and analysis of the impact on the environment, social issues (like work conditions for employees) and governance-related business practices of thousands of companies worldwide. Their research provides us with critical insights that help us identify ESG risks and opportunities that traditional investment research may overlook.

Influencing positive change where we invest

Using the collective power of our investors we can use proxy voting to influence positive change on ESG issues in organisations we invest in. Through world class research provided by ISS we identify opportunities and, where relevant vote for change as a Socially Responsible Investor. Longer term, these votes make good business sense.

 

For exclusions we focus on:

See our exclusions

1. Zero tolerance exclusions

Companies which are involved in any of the following product areas will be excluded for both direct and indirect investment:

Tobacco - We exclude any company involved with tobacco production or where tobacco is the primary industry.

Controversial and nuclear weapons – This category covers weapons such as cluster bombs, landmines, depleted uranium weapons, chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons. We exclude any company involved in the manufacture and production of controversial and nuclear weapons.

Whaling and whale meat processing – We exclude any company involved in the hunting of whales and the processing of whale meat.

2. ESG exclusions

Companies which fall into this category exhibit highly objectionable behaviour, particularly in the context of:

  • Abuse of the environment
  • Human rights abuses
  • Endemic illegal activities, whether by New Zealand or local law.

These companies will be excluded from directly held investments only, including where such investments may be made by another investment manager under an Investment Management Agreement.

3. Areas of sensitivity

The following industries are considered areas of sensitivity, due to their greater propensity to victimise people and/or the environment. Companies in these areas that are identified as performing poorly in key areas most likely to cause such victimisation will be excluded for direct investment only:

  • Defence equipment - Companies producing and supplying defence equipment should have sufficient control against bribery and corruption, including improperly supplying such equipment to sanctioned countries.
  • Gambling services - Companies providing gambling services should mitigate the social impact of gambling addiction by implementing a suitable responsible gaming policy.
  • Thermal coal - Companies using thermal coal to generate electricity should demonstrate sufficient commitment to transition to renewable generation.
  • Nuclear power - Companies using nuclear reactors to generate electricity should demonstrate sufficient commitment to transition to renewable generation.
  • Palm oil - Companies producing or distributing palm oil should demonstrate sufficient commitment to preventing deforestation through observing RSPO and source tracing standards.

We also use the New Zealand Superannuation Fund exclusions list to help us identify companies for our exclusion list.

See our exclusions.

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Our KiwiSaver funds are all responsibly invested

All of the investment funds in the Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver Scheme are certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), the key local industry body representing responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand.**

Who we invest in

Transparency is a core value of Kiwi Wealth, here is what we invest in for each of our six KiwiSaver funds:

Cash investment fund

Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 31 March 2021 (PDF, 132KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 31 December 2020 (PDF, 127KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 30 September 2020 (PDF, 127KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 30 June 2020 (PDF, 128KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 126KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 31 December 2019 (PDF, 447KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 30 September 2019 (PDF, 438KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 30 June 2019 (PDF, 432KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Cash - 31 March 2019 (PDF, 436KB)

CashPlus investment fund

Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 31 March 2021 (PDD, 202 KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 31 December 2020 (PDF, 198KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 30 September 2020 (PDF, 194KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 30 June 2020 (PDF, 194KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 193KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 31 December 2019 (PDF, 508KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 30 September 2019 (PDF, 496KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 30 June 2019 (PDF, 432KB)
Full portfolio holdings - CashPlus - 31 March 2019 (PDF, 549KB)

Balanced investment fund

Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 31 March 2021 (PDF, 617KB) 
Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 31 December 2020 (PDF 623KB)

Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 30 September 2020 (PDF 622KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 30 June 2020 (PDF, 603KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 584KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 31 December 2019 (PDF, 827KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 30 September 2019 (PDF, 817KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 30 June 2019 (PDF, 432KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Balanced - 31 March 2019 (PDF, 895KB)

Default investment fund

Full portfolio holdings - Default - 31 March 2021 (PDF, 563KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Default - 31 December 2020 (PDF, 564KB)

Full portfolio holdings - Default - 30 September 2020 (PDF, 567KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Default - 30 June 2020 (PDF, 565KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Default - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 533KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Default - 31 December 2019 (PDF, 829KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Default - 30 September 2019 (PDF, 806KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Default- 30 June 2019 (PDF, 432KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Default - 31 March 2019 (PDF, 640KB)

Conservative investment fund

Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 31 March 2021 (PDF, 615KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 31 December 2020 (PDF 622KB)

Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 30 September 2020 (PDF 621KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 30 June 2020 (PDF, 604KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 583KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 31 December 2019 (PDF, 829KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 30 September 2019 (PDF, 816KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 30 June 2019 (PDF, 432KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Conservative - 31 March 2019 (PDF, 897KB)

Growth investment fund

Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 31 March 2021 (PDF, 616KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 31 December 2020 (PDF, 623KB)

Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 30 September 2020 (PDF, 619KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 30 June 2020 (PDF, 623KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 584KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 31 December 2019 (PDF, 830KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 30 September 2019 (PDF, 831KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 30 June 2019 (PDF, 432KB)
Full portfolio holdings - Growth - 31 March 2019 (PDF, 652KB)

Here's what our members think about responsible investing

93%

of respondents believe that it is of at least some importance that KiwiSaver funds consider environmental, social, governance and/or ethical factors.

90%

of respondents expect their KiwiSaver and other investments to be responsibly invested.

51%

of respondents stated their choice was influenced more by ESG factors than their desire to maximise financial returns

76%

of respondents stated that they would be more likely to invest in a KiwiSaver fund that is certified by an independent body as a 'Responsible Investor'.

Source: Kiwi Wealth Responsible Investment Annual Member Survey, November 2018

**The investment funds in the Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver Scheme have been certified by RIAA according to the strict operational and disclosure practices required under the Responsible Investment Certification Program. See www.responsibleinvestment.org for details.
The Responsible Investment Certification Program does not constitute financial product advice. Neither the Certification Symbol nor RIAA recommends to any person that any financial product is a suitable investment or that returns are guaranteed. Appropriate professional advice should be sought prior to making an investment decision. RIAA does not hold an Australian Financial Services Licence.

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