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MyLife MySuper and MyLife MyAdvice offices

Brisbane
Level 5, 303 Coronation Drive
Milton QLD 4064
Melbourne
Level 1, 535 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Cairns
Suite 1, 112 Mulgrave Road
Cairns QLD 4870
Perth
St Brigid's Centre
60 John Street
Northbridge WA 6003
Canberra
Unit 3, 59 Wentworth Avenue
Kingston ACT 2604
Ringwood
Level 2, 27 Ringwood Street
Ringwood VIC 3134
Darwin
1 Dashwood Place
Darwin NT 0820
Sydney
Polding Centre
Level 7, 133 Liverpool Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Geelong
Ashby House
1 Malone Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Warrnambool
Suite 15, 715 Raglan Parade
Warrnambool VIC 3280
Hobart
35 Tower Road
New Town TAS 7008
 

 

Approach to Responsible Investing

While MyLife MySuper will always strive to achieve the best investment returns, it will do so responsibly.

Kouga Wind Farm South Africa Symbior Solar Thailand Panama India
Windfarms in South Africa and Thailand, and solar farms in India

About two years ago, Catholic Super made an investment in the Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF). Many developing countries lack reliable electricity and rely on diesel generators, kerosene lamps and wood fires, which impact their health, environment and economic outcomes. Therefore, GEEREF has important social, environmental and development benefits, particularly in rural areas.

Our policies

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Our approach to responsible investment

MyLife MySuper was one of the first to adopt the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI).

The Principles for Responsible Investment are an initiative backed by the United Nations and provide a framework for the investment community to achieve better long term investment returns and more sustainable markets using Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria. Signatories agree to:

  • Incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes
  • Be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into their ownership policies and practices
  • Seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which they invest
  • Promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry
  • Work together to enhance the effectiveness of implementing the Principles
  • Each report on their activities and progress towards implementing the Principles

To achieve these objectives, the Fund works with other investors to establish a constructive dialogue with corporations to ensure that they are properly managing their environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks. Being mindful of ESG principles lowers the overall level of risk and helps ensure long-term sustainability. Some of these risks include:

  • Climate change - carbon emissions
  • Excessive executive remuneration
  • Poor corporate governance
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Human capital management
  • Poor or unacceptable business operations (i.e. engaging child-labour or inadequate environmental clean-ups)

Climate change risks and opportunities

The Fund believes that climate change is a major, systemic risk that could destabilize global economies and investment markets to a significant degree. In addition to systemic risk, there will be winners and losers at the national, regional and individual company and asset level. Consequently, institutional investors like us need to be vigilant and proactive in assessing and managing these risks as part of their fiduciary duty to members.

Public policy action is needed to achieve the global policy commitments and efforts to limit the increase in global world temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above the pre industrial average. Indeed, the Fund believes that a +2 degree outcome would still pose a significant economic, social, environmental and investment risk and is supportive of more ambitious targets and efforts by policy makers to stay below this level.

The Fund believes that the global climate change mitigation (emissions reduction) commitments from governments, companies, investors and civil society will support ongoing actions around the world to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency, with a high degree of variability and uncertainty as to the outcomes of these actions across different regions, countries, asset classes and companies that will need to be assessed and managed.

We manage these risks and capture the opportunities through a number of ways, including:

  • Collaborating with other investors through engagement with companies
  • Collaborating with other investors through engagement with policy makers to encourage strong and concerted policy action, such as through our membership and the CEO’s Chair of the IGCC
  • Measuring and reporting our carbon footprint and carbon intensity of the equity portfolio, including signing the PRI led Montreal Carbon Pledge to measure and report the carbon emissions and intensity of equity portfolios
  • Engaging with our fund managers to encourage greater awareness and integration of climate risk into investment processes. In 2015 we undertook a review and carbon intensity assessment of the Fund’s listed equity managers and will continue the dialogue to improve practices
  • Supporting research initiatives to improve knowledge and skills
  • Investing in low carbon, energy efficient opportunities and reporting these through the low carbon investor registry

 

Collaboration and ESG engagement

 

In Australia we are members and support the engagement and research efforts of

Internationally, MyLife MySuper utilises the Reo engagement service provided by the Bank of Montreal (formerly F&C)