Responsible Investing - Milford Asset

Responsible Investing

Milford is a responsible investor. Through active engagement with companies we have the capacity to influence company policies and use our voice as an engaged, larger shareholder to drive positive change.

Our responsible investing approach, like our active management philosophy, is anchored in engagement.

Our responsible investing consideration goes beyond the industries on our exclusion lists. The company research we do to determine if we invest or not includes ESG (environmental, social and governance) considerations.  Once we invest, our position as a larger shareholder with an active management style means our ongoing engagements with investment companies can drive continual improvements of responsible practices over time.

Outside of our investment process, we are committed to making a positive social impact within the New Zealand community through our diverse sponsorship program. You can view more information about our various community partners on our sponsorship page.

As part of our commitment to responsible investing, Milford is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and a member of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.

We have adopted multiple approaches to integrate consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into our investment process:

For Milford, responsible investing means we adopt the following approaches:

Exclusions

Across all Milford funds, including our KiwiSaver funds, we will not directly invest in
companies that are directly involved in the following activities:

• the manufacture of cluster munitions
• the manufacture or testing of nuclear explosive devices (NEDs)
• the manufacture of anti-personnel mines
• the manufacture of tobacco
• the processing of whale meat
• recreational cannabis, and
• the manufacture of civilian automatic and semi-automatic firearms, magazines or parts

Click here to view our current Exclusion List.

To the extent it is feasible and commercially prudent, we will avoid indirect investment in companies on the Exclusion List (i.e. through ETFs or other collective investment vehicles). These types of investments are assessed on a case-by-case basis by our portfolio managers and any potential for indirect exposure is carefully considered and factored into investment selection.

Integration

The inclusion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the investment decision making process.

Engagement

As a partial owner of the companies we invest in, we engage with companies regarding important ESG issues.

Proxy Voting

We are an advocate for strong corporate governance, shareholder rights, and transparency. We endeavour to exercise our proxy voting rights wherever possible and in a manner which reflects an understanding of the environmental, social, and governance impact of our investee companies.

For further information on Milford’s approach to responsible investing, please see our Responsible Investment Policy.

 

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