Responsible Investing

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Responsible investing and ESG

Our difference

We bring you a carefully considered and robust approach aligned with 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 a11 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.

Our solutions

Responsible investment funds

Thematic investment funds

We have developed strategies to commonly identified investor themes such as decarbonisation, systematic ESG direct investing and impact investing which integrate ESG factors further into the investment process. Funds can be directly accessed or developed to meet our clients’ specific requirements.

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 helps investors to manage climate change risk and the transition to a low carbon economy using our proprietary decarbonisation investment strategy. The Fund provides access to a broad range of global shares in developed and emerging markets, with a 50% reduced exposure to carbon emissions and fossil fuel reserves compared to its benchmark. The Fund goes beyond carbon reduction alone to positively support companies with a green energy agenda. Find out more.

Russell Investments Low Carbon Global Shares Fund

Responsible investment services

We work with many of our institutional clients around the world to capture their specific responsible investment requirements within their investment portfolios.


Application of negative screens and exclusions to portfolios according to your objectives, e.g. removal of companies involved in manufacture and/or production of weapons, tobacco, cluster ammunitions, gambling and fossil fuels.


Development of portfolios with more optimal responsible investing, such as portfolios that include allocations to higher material ESG scores or impact investing.


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

Climate change and investment
portfolios part I:

What are carbon metrics?

Find out more about what carbon exposures are and how they are measured within the global investment management industry. Then go beyond metrics to discover best practice for reporting on these portfolio exposures.

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Applied research


In this paper, we explore how a standard decarbonisation approach can unintentionally lead to reduced exposure to renewable energy and a reduction in the aggregate ESG profile of a portfolio.

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We have developed a new way to measure a company's ESG score. The new material score evaluates only those issues that are financially important to a company.

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