Responsible investing and ESG

Invest in what matters most to you without jeopardising returns.

We bring a carefully considered and robust responsible investing approach aligned to your needs.


As the focus of sustainability best practice shifts over time, we stay committed to adapting our funds to suit the changing global landscape. You can be sure your capital remains invested in the latest sustainability strategies, without continually changing funds.


We believe responsible investing is intelligent investing. As a result, we have embedded responsible investment practices and ESG beliefs within our investment approach. This ensures that our investment professionals are accountable for considering ESG factors within our funds and investment processes.


Our investment approach goes beyond standard exclusions to identify asset characteristics that are most relevant to individual investment and the overall portfolio. The focus is on exposures that are sustainable as well as material to your organisation's investment goals. This allows clients to both remove unwanted characteristics and proactively support organisations' positive contribution to research, innovation and leading best practices.

Active management

Manager ranks, portfolio construction, sustainability risk management


Strategy development, metrics and reporting, industry analysis and climate change

Culture and process

Corporate values, diversity and inclusion, sustainability work practices and community involvement


Proxy voting, engagement and collaborative initiatives


Designing forward-thinking, sophisticated responsible investment solutions that reflect what matters most to you and your investment goals.



Development of portfolios with more optimal responsible investing exposure. This includes portfolios which incorporate allocations to higher material ESG scores or to impact investing.


If you are seeking a specific portfolio outcome, our team can work with you to implement ESG-focused investment strategies, such as decarbonisation or social capital, to pursue your desired objective.


We aim to can ensure that required and requested portfolio exclusions are managed to minimise unintended exposures while still aligning to investment objectives.

Our solutions

This ETF tracks the performance of a custom-built, smart-beta index, predominantly invested in Australian shares and trusts listed on the ASX. The index negatively screens for companies that have a significant involvement in a range of activities deemed inconsistent with widely recognised responsible investment objectives, such as tobacco and armaments. The index is then weighted to companies that demonstrate positive ESG characteristics. Find out more.

Russell Investments Australian Responsible Investment ETF (RARI)

The Fund is designed to provide access to a broad range of Australian shares, with a reduced exposure to carbon emissions and fossil fuel reserves by 35% and 30% respectively compared to its benchmark. The Fund goes beyond carbon reduction alone, aiming to provide an increased exposure to the most sustainable companies by positively tilting the portfolio towards higher than average material ESG scores. Find out more.

Russell Investments Low Carbon Australian Shares Fund

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