In early 2020 smartMonday implemented a responsible investing (RI) focused global equities strategy for its MySuper product. This builds upon smartMonday’s long standing position to favour investment managers who embed RI features in their investment portfolios. The new strategy provides members in smartMonday’s Aon MySuper investment option, over 60% of our superannuation membership, with exposure to a low cost global equities investment strategy that can deliver on the fund’s financial risk and return objectives – while addressing the “triple bottom line”: profits, people and the planet.
Our RI approach includes a positive bias towards:
Aon has a strong history in responsible investment. Aon is a global signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (the UNPRI). We were the first consultant to sign globally, as opposed to in a single region. The UNPRI were developed by investors, for investors, to contribute to a more sustainable global financial system. Signatories believe that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios through time, and that applying ESG principles – where consistent with our fiduciary duty to members – may better align investors with the broader objectives of society. The UNPRI are an aspirational framework recognising investors’ RI journeys from different starting points and contexts. It is very much a story of progress and engagement.
Along with a large and growing number of global investors, smartMonday believes the companies that earn superior returns over the long-term are likely to embrace RI attributes, and we look forward to continuing the RI journey with smartMonday members.
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