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Ethical investing

Investing for sustainability & equality feels good and makes financial sense. 

Here’s how we do it.

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investments that don’t align with our members values

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investments that are good for women, our community and the planet

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to achieve the best possible financial returns for our members

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about what we invest in 100% of the time

Transparency is in our DNA

We were shocked to know that there are super fund options with ‘sustainable’, ‘responsible’ and ‘eco’ in their product names that are still investing in fossil fuels, weapons, and other nasties!

That’s why at Verve we’re serious about being an ethical super fund, and we’re serious about our ethical investing. It’s also why we’re 100% transparent.


SEE OUR INVESTMENTS

The investments we seek and avoid

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We use positive screens to seek out companies performing better on sustainable criteria

 

  • Gender diversity & inclusion
  • Social wellbeing
  • Technology
  • Renewable energy
  • Healthcare
  • Healthy food production
  • Education 
  • Recycling 
  • Efficient transport
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We use negative screens to exclude companies causing harm

 

  • Exclusion of women from leadership
  • Fossil fuels – including coal, gas & oil
  • Human and labour rights abuses
  • Environmental destruction 
  • Offshore detention
  • Gambling
  • Tobacco
  • Live animal export
  • Weapons, armaments, nuclear & uranium

Some of our investments

Innovative investments

Supporting women, our communities
& our planet

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The Synergies Fund

We’re investing in transforming disability housing in Australia to support Australians on the NDIS to live independently at home or in specialist disability accommodation.

The Vision Fund

We’re investing in providing microfinance loans to low income households with a focus on supporting women. Small loans of just a couple of hundred dollars can be all that a woman and her family need to start or build a business and break the cycle of poverty.

Plenti Australian Renewable
Energy Market

We’re investing in loans that support individuals and businesses to become more green. Including loans for solar panels and battery systems, energy-efficient lighting, emissions-reducing industrial applications and electric and low-emission cars and trucks.

Gender Diversity & Inclusion Index

Research shows that companies with better gender diversity and inclusion perform better. So why don’t traditional superannuation funds take this into consideration in their investment decisions?

At Verve we do!

After we negatively screen for companies that don’t meet our ethical criteria, we then seek out companies that perform better on standard gender criteria set by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. That’s ethical investing with a gender lens. 

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FAQs

There is! Market Forces is a great website that compares funds and scores based on their exposure to fossil fuels.

Verve does not invest in companies without at least one woman on the Board. We avoid investments in companies involved in activities causing social and environmental harm, including detention centres, live animal exports, tobacco, armaments and fossil fuels. Instead, we seek out positive investments in industries like healthcare, education and renewable energy.

We also apply Verve’s Gender Diversity & Inclusion Index to seek out investments doing the right thing by women. 

You can download our full list of investments right here

No, Verve does not provide personal financial advice. All information, including any financial coaching, is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate for your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a financial adviser.

It’s important to do your own research and consider things like fees, investment performance, insurance cover, your risk profile, and whether the super fund aligns with your values. Super is an investment. The money in your super account is invested on your behalf, so it is important to make sure the way it is invested aligns with your values and your long term goals. Some things to consider: Does your super fund invest in things that go against your values – ie. fossil fuels or weapons? Will the super fund tell you exactly what they are investing your money in?

Consider getting in touch with a professional adviser if you need some help determining what is right for you. When considering financial returns, past performance is not indicative of future performance.

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