We are one of only 30 global businesses to form the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance, providing leadership in investing for sustainable development.

As one of Australia’s largest super funds, our primary purpose is to deliver the best long-term returns for our members. But we also want to be a force for good, and we know that our members care about how we deliver these returns.

This has seen us recognised as a global leader for positive change and we have been invited to join the UN’s Global Investors for Sustainable Development  Alliance (GISD) by the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

What is the GISD Alliance?

Launched on the 16th of October 2019 in New York, the GISD Alliance is a UN grouping of influential business leaders from all over the world.

The leaders have been invited to come together to find ways to rapidly and significantly increase the private sector’s contribution to addressing sustainable development, in areas such as climate change and alleviating poverty.

Why was First State Super selected?

This desire to be a driving force for good has seen us undertake and accomplish a number of significant initiatives to pioneer responsible investing in the global community. 

Most recently, our SIMON (Systematic Investing Multifactor Opportunities) Strategy  was recognised as a leading and unique system for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into our investment decisions, raising the standards of responsible investing, which goes hand-in-hand with competitive long-term returns for members. initiative and acknowledges our framework for bringing responsible investing into our broader portfolio.

We believe that through the GISD Alliance we can continue our good work and have a positive global impact on responsible and sustainable investment decisions while delivering great returns for our members.

“Delivering on the sustainable development goals of the GISD Alliance doesn’t just make sense for our global community, it makes good business sense as well. Investment returns and societal benefit are not mutually exclusive. As a responsible owner, we consider all of our potential investments through an ESG lens as we believe this will not only will deliver the best long-term returns to our members but, will have a positive impact on our community.” 

- Deanne Stewart, CEO, First State Super

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What does our participation mean for our members?

While it is always an honour to be recognised for our positive work by an organisation as prestigious as the UN, at First State Super our main focus is always on our members.

Through our inclusion in the GISD Alliance, we hope to be able to positively shape global investment strategy to create a more sustainable future for our members, while continuing to provide them with excellent returns.

“First State Super’s primary focus is and will remain delivering the best possible retirement outcome for our members. Through our participation in this Alliance we believe we will not only achieve our purpose but deliver a better societal outcome for all.” 

- Deanne Stewart, CEO, First State Super

At First State Super we believe the sustainable investment is not incompatible with good business practices and that we can create positive change while continuing to deliver results for our members.