Ensuring members’ funds are invested responsibly is a concern for the trustee’s directors, as it is for many members. This section details our approach as we navigate this important but complex issue. It also brings together a range of discussion documents and news items on responsible investment from around the world.

British Universities Superannuation Scheme actively engages on ESG issues

Posted 18 September 2018
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Like UniSaver, the trustee of UniSaver’s British counterpart Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is bound by a fiduciary responsibility to maximise investment returns to members. However, its trustee is well convinced of the link between risk and return and environmental, social and governance factors. The trustee’s responsible investment strategy focuses on it being an active shareholder. With over £60 billion under management, one can imagine the fund’s sheer size gives it plenty of clout. It focuses on having a “seat at the table” where it can “act as an active and engaged owner who is working to improve standards and pushing companies for positive change, for sustained improvement”.

Read about USS’s approach to responsible investment

Investors use new tool to track carbon performance

Posted 18 September 2018
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Britain’s Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is one of 13 pension funds to sign up to the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI). The initiative aims “to better understand how the transition to a low-carbon economy affects their investments”. The grouping has developed an online tool that can be used to assess a company’s management quality and carbon performance.

Read about the Transition Pathway Initiative

Access the TPI tool

US Department of Labor surprises with new stance on ESG

Posted 18 September 2018
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Early in 2018, the US Department of Labor issued a bulletin advising managers of US retirement funds against taking on additional risk or sacrificing financial returns in order to meet environmental, social and governance goals. The move surprised many industry participants and walked back earlier advice from the department.

Read the US Department of Labor bulletin on ESG considerations

Read the UNPRI commentary

The links and articles posted here are intended to canvas international discussion on issues concerning responsible investment. This content does not necessarily reflect the views of the trustee or individual directors of UniSaver Limited.
Our beliefs

The trustee’s investment beliefs constitute the investment philosophy of the scheme and guide the investment of UniSaver’s assets. One of these beliefs is that responsible investment can reduce risk and impact returns positively.

Read more about our investment beliefs in our Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives

Our policy

Our policy includes not investing in companies involved in the manufacture of cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines, nuclear explosive devices and tobacco.

Read our policy

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

We require our investment manager Russell Investments to abide by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) when making investment decisions on behalf of UniSaver.

Read more about UNPRI

Russell Investments’ approach and philosophy

Russell Investments was one of only 20% of firms to receive the highest possible overall score of A+ from the UNPRI.

Read more about Russell Investments' approach and philosophy

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