Working together on ESG
As a waste management business, Cleanaway is at the forefront of the circular economy. We engage with their board and management on their climate targets, strategy and action plan, including their approach to methane emissions. We’re pleased to see progress in areas such as waste-to-energy, waste oil recycling and container deposit screens.
In 2020 Rio Tinto (RIO) destroyed a 46,000-year-old site of cultural significance, Juukan Gorge. We engaged with RIO’s management and board to understand the procedural failings and accountabilities and sought commitments to improve practices and engagement with First Nations Peoples.
Workplace health and safety is a key issue in forestry, given the high risk of the work involved. Our team work closely with the operators of our timber assets to continuously improve worker safety both on site and across the supply chain, for example, when transporting logs.
Investing for the future
We invest in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers Tesla, BYD and Yadea, as well as manufacturers of EV batteries, Samsung SDI. Our investment in companies like Pilbara Minerals, Allkem and BHP helps produce steel, nickel, copper and lithium for the EV industry.
Through our Global Environmental Opportunities option, we invest in solar and wind power, including companies that make equipment to convert DC to AC. Companies like SolarEdge and Enphase Energy manufacture solar optimisers and inverters for residential solar power.
Dominion Energy, one of our large utility holdings, has built significant solar capacity, a large hydro storage facility, and is developing a wind farm. Another, National Grid, is investing in connecting renewable energy into the grid and infrastructure to support electric vehicles.
Things you need to know
1These include investments in ASX-listed companies and unlisted assets with Australian-based operations.
2Comments on the companies we invest in aren't intended as a recommendation of those companies for inclusion in personal portfolios. Holdings are at 30 June 2023 and are subject to change without notice.