Australian Ethical Australian Shares Fund

Product Name

Australian Ethical Australian Shares Fund


Australian Ethical Investment




Fund or Trust


Retail, Wholesale

Certified Since


Certification Symbol


Asset Classes

Australian only equities


Australia, New Zealand

Investment Approaches

Negative Screening, Positive Screening, Engagement

It Includes:

  • Riaa icons 14 Education
  • Riaa icons 32 Green property
  • Riaa icons 12 Healthcare and medical products
  • Riaa icons 11 Impact investments
  • Riaa icons 10 Renewable energy and climate change solutions
  • Riaa icons 15 Social and sustainable infrastructure
  • Tree green background Sustainable land and agricultural management
  • Riaa icons 13 Sustainable transport
  • Riaa icons 31 Sustainable water
  • Investment2 More sustainable companies
  • Default selected inclusion No inclusions

It has some level of screening for:

  • Riaa icons 41 Alcohol
  • Riaa icons 56 Animal cruelty
  • Riaa icons 36 Armaments
  • Riaa icons 33 Fossil fuels
  • Riaa icons 42 Gambling
  • Riaa icons 52 Human rights abuses
  • Riaa icons 38 Labour rights violations
  • Riaa icons 34 Logging
  • Riaa icons 50 Nuclear power
  • Riaa icons 99 Pornography
  • Riaa icons 35 Tobacco
  • Default selected exclusion No exclusions


A diversified share portfolio of companies predominately listed on the ASX and selected on the basis of their social, environmental and financial credentials. The Fund utilises an active stock-picking management style with stocks selected for growth rather than income, with a bias towards smaller capitalisation stocks listed on the ASX. All stocks are chosen on the basis of relative value where we deem the risks are being adequately priced.


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.

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