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Responsible investment

LGS is leading the way in responsible investment in Australia. We believe this approach helps minimise risks and generates better long-term returns for our members.

LGS is a certified responsible investor, with investments across Australian and international shares, property, infrastructure, private equity and absolute return asset classes.

LGS has received whole of fund certification as a Responsible Super Fund by the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA). Our entire fund is certified to be invested in a sustainable way.

LGS won the Money Magazine Best Green Super Fund and SuperRatings Infinity Awards for Sustainable Investment Practices 6 times in the last 8 years. We have been consistently rated a leading fund globally for our management of climate change risks by the independent NGO, the Asset Owner Disclosure project and were showcased for leading global practices in its 2018 report.

LGS’ internally managed property portfolio is the first in Australia to receive a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 5 Star Green Star performance rating which represents Australian excellence in sustainability.

Over the past 8 years we have reduced our electricity consumption by 45% and our water consumption by 48%.

  • Average NABERS* Energy rating of 6 stars with GreenPower**
  • Average NABERS Energy rating of 5 stars without GreenPower
  • Average NABERS Water rating of 3.8 stars
  • 5 Stars in the 2018 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Survey

LGS formally excludes investments in approximately 240 companies globally involved in tobacco, controversial weapons, gambling, coal mining, coal fired electricity generators and oil tar sand companies.

LGS has over $1bn or almost 10% of the entire fund invested in low carbon assets in five assets classes including Australian and emerging market renewable energy infrastructure, green bonds, listed equities, and private equity.

LGS has a very well developed active ownership policy as we believe there are positive social and environmental outcomes to be gained by being a responsible, long term focussed steward of our members’ fund.

*NABERS: National Australian Built Environment Rating System
**GreenPower: By purchasing GreenPower, businesses commit their energy providers to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity from accredited renewable energy generators which generate electricity from sources like wind, solar, water and bioenergy. 89% of tenants are signed up to GreenPower.

Our achievements have been recognised in Australia and internationally with the following awards and certifications:

Tobacco Free Portfolio AODP2 RIAAtm

"We recognise that the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of our members depend on a healthy environment, social cohesion and good governance of the companies in which we invest."

Bill Hartnett, Head of Responsible Investment

Our approach

Find out more about how we invest our members' money.

Active ownership

We use a range of engagement strategies to influence change in companies in which we invest.

Investment risks

We look at a range of risks to ensure we safeguard our members' interests.

Investment restrictions

Learn about which industries we avoid and why.

Latest reports and policies

Learn more about how we incorporate Responsible Investment into our investment approach in our latest reports and policies.