The Advocacy Fund is a unique and innovative fund, that is predominantly made up of the same companies in our ethically-screened Diversified Shares Fund, but it also has provision to buy shares in companies that don’t pass our ethical charter for the purposes of advocacy.
The Advocacy Fund invests in a diversified share portfolio of Australian and international companies selected on the basis of their social, environmental and financial credentials. Generally, all Australian investments will have a market capitalisation greater than the 200th ranked stock listed on the ASX. The Fund has a low level of turnover and aims to be fully invested at all times.
As an advocacy fund, one of the main purposes of the Fund is to engage directly with companies to pursue improved corporate behaviours in line with the Australian Ethical Charter.
Australian Ethical believe the more money doing good for the planet, the better. Since 1986 we have been influenced by the 23 principles of the Australian Ethical Charter
to invest in ethical and responsible initiatives that have a positive impact on the planet, people and animals while achieving competitive long-term returns. We avoid investments in corporations that engage in harmful practices such as coal, oil, weapons, tobacco, gambling and human rights abuses. The Charter not only influences our investment choices, but underpins every aspect of our business practices.
We seek out investments which provide for and support:
- the development of workers’ participation in the ownership and control of their work organisations and places;
- the production of high quality and properly presented products and services;
- the development of locally based ventures; the development of appropriate technological systems;
- the amelioration of wasteful or polluting practices; the development of sustainable land use and food production;
- the preservation of endangered eco-systems; activities which contribute to human happiness, dignity and education;
- the dignity and wellbeing of non-human animals;
- the efficient use of human waste;
- the alleviation of poverty in all its forms; and
- the development and preservation of appropriate human buildings and landscape.
We avoid investments that are considered to unnecessarily:
- pollute land, air or water destroy or waste non-recurring resources;
- extract, create, produce, manufacture, or market materials, products, goods or services which have a harmful effect on humans, non-human animals or the environment;
- market, promote or advertise, products or services in a misleading or deceitful manner;
- create markets by the promotion or advertising of unwanted products or services;
- acquire land or commodities primarily for the purpose of speculative gain;
- create, encourage or perpetuate militarism or engage in the manufacture of armaments; entice people into financial over-commitment;
- exploit people through the payment of low wages or the provision of poor working conditions;
- discriminate by way of race, religion or sex in employment, marketing, or advertising practices; and
- contribute to the inhibition of human rights generally.