Ethical Investment Mid-Cap Portfolio

Product Name

Ethical Investment Mid-Cap Portfolio

Issuer

Ethical Investment Advisers

Category

Investment

Type

Separately Managed Account

Target

Retail, Wholesale

Certified Since

2014

Asset Classes

Australian only equities

Markets

Australia

Investment Approaches

Negative Screening, Positive Screening

It Includes:

  • Riaa icons 14 Education
  • Riaa icons 32 Green property
  • Riaa icons 12 Healthcare and medical products
  • Riaa icons 10 Renewable energy and climate change solutions
  • Tree green background Sustainable land and agricultural management
  • Investment2 More sustainable companies

It has some level of screening for:

  • Riaa icons 56 Animal cruelty
  • Riaa icons 36 Armaments
  • Riaa icons 33 Fossil fuels
  • Riaa icons 42 Gambling
  • Riaa icons 45 Genetic engineering
  • Riaa icons 52 Human rights abuses
  • Riaa icons 34 Logging
  • Riaa icons 50 Nuclear power
  • Riaa icons 99 Pornography
  • Riaa icons 35 Tobacco

Overview

Ethical Investment Advisers utilises a two stage screening process for the portfolio. Firstly, a negative screen is applied to companies which are involved in harmful environmental activities and socially hazardous activities such as tobacco and weapons manufacture, uranium or other mining, fossil fuels, coal seam gas or gambling. Companies which do not pass the negative screen are excluded from the portfolio. Secondly, a positive screen is applied, which targets companies that are involved in positive environmental activities or which provide benefits to society, such as healthcare, energy efficiency, recycling, renewable energy, fair trade, community finance and social welfare. Ethical Investment Advisers screen investments on environmental and social grounds, utilising Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research from CAER, additional ethical research from Eco Investor, as well as their own internal research. Ethical Investment Advisers continuously monitor all investments to ensure they continue to meet their environmental and socially responsible standards. If a company contravenes the ethical screening process, the Ethical Investment Advisers will attempt to divest as soon as prudently possible.


Description


A key focus of the portfolio is to find companies which are involved in positive environmental activities or which provide benefits to society, such as healthcare, renewable energy, energy efficiency and technology, food, water, sustainable agriculture, education, community development and social welfare.

The portfolio excludes investments which are involved in companies which are involved in harmful environmental activities and socially hazardous activities such as tobacco and weapons manufacture, third world exploitation, uranium mining or gambling. As a point of difference, the portfolio also excludes all fossil fuels including companies involved in the production, financing, refinement and transportation of fossil fuels, including coal, petroleum and natural gas.

Exclusions in detail
 
In general, exclusion do not apply to insurance companies which provide insurance to excluded companies; services companies which provide certain services to excluded companies (waste removal or telecommunications, for example); or investment companies which may own investments in excluded companies.
 
Fossil Fuels

The fossil fuel exclusion includes companies involved in the production, financing, refinement and transportation of fossil fuels, including coal, petroleum, coal seam gas and natural gas. Not excluded are insurance companies which provide insurance to fossil fuel companies, electrical distribution companies which may distribute some power from fossil fuel sources, services companies which provide certain services to fossil fuel companies (waste removal or telecommunications, for example), or investment companies which may own investments in fossil fuel companies.

Tobacco

Tobacco manufactures and retailers are excluded from the portfolio. Not excluded are transport companies which may transport tobacco products as part of their operations, or companies which make packaging for tobacco products as part of their operations. 

Gaming

Gaming companies are excluded from the portfolio. Not excluded are companies which indirectly support the gaming sector (telecommunications, which provide access to online gambling, for example). Companies which directly own gaming (casinos, pokies etc) will be excluded. 

Mining

Uranium and Coal mining companies are excluded. Not excluded are companies solely involved in lithium, cobalt, graphite or other rare earths used primarily for battery technology. However, strict environmental screens are applied to mining companies which include the type of mining (brine pools vs open cut mining, for example) and the end-of-life environmental rehabilitation processes. 

Animal Cruelty

Companies which test on animals for cosmetic purposes will be excluded. Not excluded are companies which are required to test on animals for medical purposes. However, any animal testing must be done in accordance with the Australian code of Practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

In addition, Managers also look at the following aspects of each company:

  • Integrity of products and services 
  • Community relations 
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Labour practices 
  • Employee Relations 
  • Equal opportunity 
  • Attitudes to indigenous rights 
  • Human rights abuse