Christian Super, which began impact investing in 2006, has been awarded the Impact Asset Owner of the Year in 2020 from the Australian Impact Investment Awards.
The superannuation fund said it “expressed a desire to invest not just in ways that avoid harm, but that actively promote human flourishing and creation care”.
As a result of this, the fund has currently a diverse impact portfolio approaching 10% of total assets, that spans a variety of sectors and geographies, it said.
Christian Super’s impact investing portfolio was overseen by Brightlight, an impact investment specialist firm that is focused on the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“We are honoured to have the fund’s ongoing focus and practice in impact investing recognised with this award. For many years Christian Super has been a pioneer in impact investing, working hard to invest our members’ money in line with their values and beliefs,” Christian Super’s chief executive Ross Piper said.
“Our impact portfolio contributes to strong positive social and environmental impact in Australia and around the world, all whilst still delivering strong risk adjusted financial returns.”
The Australian Impact Investment Awards are a collaboration between the Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific and the Impact Investing Hub (developed and managed by the Social Impact Hub) and they recognise organisations and individuals with expertise, commitment and outstanding activity in the Australian impact investing ecosystem.