We believe accounting for ESG risks and opportunities can lead to more informed investment decisions and better outcomes within our investment universe, for society and the environment. ESG factors are considered in investment decisions and through active asset management to maximise long term outcomes for our clients.
Each of QIC’s five investment teams has an established asset class-specific ESG process, guided by our Responsible Investment Policy, that is appropriate for its own investment style and assets.
▼ Global Infrastructure
QIC Global Infrastructure invests in the core infrastructure sectors of transport, energy and utilities, and social infrastructure. We believe the consideration of ESG factors in our investment decisions and our active asset management can maximise long term shareholder returns to clients. Each stage of the investment process includes the evaluation and management of ESG risks and opportunities that we believe affect an investment’s value and earnings.
▼ Global Real Estate
QIC Global Real Estate, a major owner and manager of both Australian and International property assets, recognises the environmental, social and economic benefits of embedding sustainability in the design and operation of its properties. Operational excellence through sustainability performance is a critical component of responsible long-term property investment. QIC is committed to enhancing its market position towards leadership with respect to sustainability across its assets.
▼ Global Multi Asset
QIC Global Multi Asset allocates capital across a variety of asset classes and managers, and believes that ensuring ESG considerations are applied to investment processes, where possible, promotes more informed investment decision making. As a multi asset team, GMA focuses its efforts on assessing and continually monitoring its external managers’ ESG capability, as well as its own active ownership program, which includes proxy voting and corporate engagement. Currently, QIC excludes securities involved in the manufacture of cluster munitions, landmines and tobacco from our investment portfolios.
▼ Global Fixed Income
QIC Liquid Strategies believes ESG factors impact the operational and financial performance of bond issuers. Sustainable investment is integrated in all our active management and is embedded into our five- stage investment process. ESG practices are factored into our view on all issuers. We screen for ESG factors and integrate ESG into all aspects of credit research and portfolio management and we engage with issuers to bring about change and promote long term returns. Our process isn’t just applied to active portfolios – it influences our entire business from the instruments we invest in to the counter parties we trade with.
▼ Global Private Capital
QIC Global Private Capital considers ESG factors in its investment process to enable a broader consideration of the risks and opportunities associated with an investment. Our approach to ESG in the private equity space extends to all our investments. Where we take minority interests in many companies (via third party managers), we aim to influence and promote the benefits of ESG integration through active participation in advisory committees, partnering with other Limited Partners, and assessing and engaging with our external fund managers. Our influence to integrate ESG is enhanced with co-investments, where we can play a greater role in understanding the management and monitoring of the companies we invest in.