Mercer gets RI tick

Thursday, June 28th 2018, 4:39PM

Mercer's funds have been certified by the world’s first certification programme for responsible investment products.

Launched in 2005, the programme is managed by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).

As part of certification, the funds’ investment process is also assessed for how the fund managers engage at a corporate governance level with companies it invests in.

Mercer actively researches companies positively contributing to global sustainability goals, giving institutional investors the opportunity to not just avoid harm but also be part of the solution. Mercer’s updated Responsible Investment Policy contains its approach to exclusions.

Mercer chief executive Martin Lewington said having all seven of its KiwiSaver investment funds certified by the RIAA felt like a logical step.

“With the growth of interest in responsible investing, it’s only fair that investors can access clear and consistent information that specifically outlines how investments address important environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

“This certification will help ensure this and offer our customers peace of mind - knowing that an independent organisation has certified our funds’ investment process to ensure our investments are in companies that we believe will not cause substantial and irreparable harm to society and the environment.”

Mercer is committed to a sustainable investment approach designed to create and preserve long-term investment capital by investing in areas such as renewable energy, sustainable transport and healthcare and medical products.



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