Apr 14, 2011 - 9:00am
The third annual The Climate Institute/Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) survey was responded to by 18 of Australia’s largest funds managing $200 billion of retirement savings.
For the second year, superannuation funds have been rated and ranked funds according to their ability to manage climate change risk and opportunity. The leading funds in this year’s survey are (in order) Local Government Super, Christian Super, NGS Super and CareSuper.
Each of these funds was in the top quartile in all ten areas of the survey. They also showed particular strength in:
- Reporting of climate change issues and assets;
- Climate change skills, training and education; and
- Management of investment/fund managers.
The Climate Institute/AIST survey remains unique in that it goes to the heart of retirement funds’ management of climate risk, asking for information on:
- Portfolio emissions footprint to manage portfolio risk;
- Portfolio fossil fuel reserves exposure;
- Disclosure of climate change risk hedging strategies; and
- Public ranking and rating to create competition amongst funds.