Socially responsible investment

Your money in the Summer KiwiSaver scheme is “actively invested”, meaning we undertake deep and thorough research before making any investment decisions on your behalf.

While we consider socially responsible investing as a natural consequence of our investment philosophy and attitude to investing, we believe it is important to make clear our commitment, on your behalf, to socially responsible investing.

Responsible investment, including environmental, social and governance considerations, is taken into account in the investment policies and procedures of the Scheme as follows:

Before we make a direct investment for the Scheme, we assess whether, in our opinion, the relevant entity is directly engaged in any of the following activities:

  • the manufacture of cluster munitions
  • the manufacture or testing of nuclear explosive devices
  • the manufacture of anti-personnel mines
  • the manufacture of tobacco
  • the processing of whale meat

If our assessment is that the entity is directly engaged in any of those activities, then we don’t make the investment.

We will make our assessment based on the framework made available by the NZ Super Fund (see www.nzsuperfund.co.nz/how-we-invest/responsible-investment).  We will ensure that none of our direct investments are on the NZ Super Fund’s exclusion list at the time of purchase.

If we make a direct investment and subsequently form the view that the relevant entity is directly engaged in any of the activities listed above, we will sell the investment in a reasonable timeframe.  We will check our direct investments against the most recently published NZ Super Fund exclusion list at least monthly.

Before the Scheme invests into an underlying managed investment scheme that we don’t manage, we will consider the responsible investment framework for that scheme.  We will seek to invest in underlying schemes with responsible investment frameworks comparable to ours, where we can do that without compromising our other investment objectives. At the end of each quarter, we will make available on this website a list of any of the underlying scheme’s direct investments (as are available to us) where we consider that the relevant entity is directly engaged in any of the activities above (based on the NZ Super Fund’s exclusion list at that time).

As at 31 March 2018 Summer Global Fixed Interest had an investment in NZX Smartshares’ Global Bond Fund.

At that date, the Global Bond Fund had investment exposures to Northrop Grumman, Honeywell International, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Altria Group Incorporated, BAT International Finance, Imperial Brands Finance and Reynolds American Incorporated, companies that appeared in the relevant sections of New Zealand Super Fund’s Responsible Investment exclusion list (December 2017).

The combined exposures represented approximately 0.0094% of Summer Global Fixed Interest’s investments. The exposures were the result of hedging transactions (short positions via derivatives contracts) executed on a financial exchange and were not companies specifically targeted by PIMCO, the investment manager of the NZX Smartshares’ Global Bond Fund.

Please refer to NZX Smartshares' Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives for further information on its approach to responsible investing.

If the Scheme invests into an underlying managed investment scheme that we manage, we will follow the process above for that scheme’s direct investments and investments into underlying managed investment schemes.