Responsible investing

by AMP


07 February 2018

We’re investing in positive change

With more and more Kiwis being invested in KiwiSaver, an increasing number are seeking a better understanding of how and where their savings are being invested and whether they are being invested responsibly. 

Responsible investment takes many forms. It's a process that takes environmental, social, governance (ESG) issues into account in the investment process of research, analysis, selection and monitoring of investments.

There is a range of methods that can be used to manage these factors, including:

  • Excluding companies involved in controversial industries.
  • Supporting the most sustainable companies.
  • Having a sharp focus on ESG risks.
  • Using ownership to engage with companies.

AMP KiwiSaver Scheme and the New Zealand Retirement Trust funds

It is this diversity of approaches that benefits our investors in the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme and the New Zealand Retirement Trust (NZRT).  With funds available from a range of New Zealand’s leading fund managers (AMP Capital, ANZ, ASB, Mercer, Nikko), investors have a range of funds, and approaches to responsible investing, to choose from.

All of the funds offered follow the AMP Responsible Investment Policy and exclude direct investments in companies involved in the manufacture of cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines and nuclear explosive devices. 

Each of our fund managers also have their own responsible investment policies as well which may, for example, exclude investments or take an active approach in changing practices of companies in other industries like tobacco or certain companies on moral or ethical grounds.

AMP Ethical Balanced Fund

We also offer our members in the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme and NZRT a dedicated responsible investment fund, the AMP Ethical Balanced Fund. This fund avoids companies operating production or manufacturing within sectors with recognised high negative social impact. What’s more it strives to seek out funds and fund managers which identify companies that are leaders across industries in their responsible investment approach, including in relation to environmental, social, governance, ethical and labour standards.  The AMP Ethical Balanced Fund is certified by Responsible Investment Association Australasia. 

Important information

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AMP Wealth Management New Zealand Limited is the issuer and manager of the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme (the 'Scheme'). The Supervisor of the Scheme is The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited.

For more information, download a copy of the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement and Fund Update Booklet, which have been lodged on the Scheme's offers register entry at

The information included in this article is of a general nature and is not a substitute for financial or other professional advice. To the extent that the information constitutes advice, it is class advice only. Before taking any action, you should always seek financial advice or other professional advice relevant to your personal circumstances. For personal financial advice, we recommend you contact your Adviser or if you don't have an Adviser, contact us on 0800 267 263 and we can put you in touch with one. 

A disclosure statement is available from your Adviser, on request and free of charge.