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Our responsible investment focus is on the climate and environment

We assess the performance of our portfolios by looking at climate and sustainability metrics, as well as financial returns. That's why we report on carbon emissions and alignment with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Want to see for yourself? Click here to see how the Aurora Growth Portfolio has performed better than the market index on carbon and sustainability measures. Or you can scroll down for a snapshot of key metrics. The metrics cover the equity and listed infrastructure components of the portfolio. 

Climate and sustainability measures of performance


The Temperature Alignment of the portfolio, based on current carbon footprint. Learn more.


% of sales are contributing to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more.


Carbon intensity, in tonnes per $1m of portfolio value. Learn more.

Data as at 31 December 2023, for the Aurora Growth Fund.

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When you pool your money with other people you can create scale for investing, and together, we can make an impact for the good of our planet.

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Change is a journey

We invest in change that’s happening now, change that can have a positive impact on the climate and environment, to help create a better, more sustainable future.

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Active management

We closely watch markets and look for attractive investments to add to the portfolios, with a firm eye on assets that can help improve the environment.

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Investing for a better, more sustainable future

We go beyond just screening out investments that are deemed to be negative, for example, by avoiding companies that ‘pollute’. We believe we need to invest in companies that are contributing to a more sustainable future and are supporting the transition to a low carbon world.

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How we invest

We select best-in-class specialist fund managers from around the world to actively manage the underlying assets of each asset class. We invest in assets that can grow over the long-term and use a mix of responsible investing approaches that can help to improve the climate and the environment.

These approaches include the exclusion of companies that do more social and environmental harm than good; the reduction and management of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) risks through ESG integration; and a bias to investing in companies and securities that are contributing to a more sustainable future.

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What the portfolio won't invest in

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✘ Controversial Weapons

✘Pornography production

✘Tobacco production

✘ Revenue from the extraction and sale of coal

✘Companies with evidence of fossil fuel reserves

✘Nuclear Weapons Components, Systems and Support Service

Additional exclusions apply to companies that meet certain business involvement criteria, subject to revenue thresholds. For more information on exclusions, please read the Aurora Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives.

Frequently asked questions

We also have a team of expert KiwiSaver advisers who can help you pick an investment option that's right for your needs. 

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Whether you're wanting to buy your first home or saving for retirement... we've got you. We can also help if you're already retired.

We offer 6 different KiwiSaver Scheme investment options. This includes the RetirementPlus investment option, which automatically adjusts your weighting to risk assets over time, as you age. 

The main difference between the options is the amount of risk that you are prepared to take for a potentially higher return, and how much time you have before you plan to access your money.

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We use a mix of responsible investing approaches that prioritise the climate and the environment. These are: 

Sustainability - we believe that companies that positively contribute to society and the environment are likely to face fewer risks over the long term and as a result, are more likely to deliver better investment returns.

Exclusion - we actively exclude companies that do more social and environmental harm than good. While exclusions are important in avoiding the most harmful activities, using the climate and environment as an example, exclusions can't create the change that's needed to reduce carbon emissions, which is central to improving the climate crisis.

ESG integration - which includes identifying, reducing, and managing ESG risks. The integration of ESG factors into portfolio decision making can help to identify the long-term risks of investing in a company or asset.

We use independent third-party analytics to track the sustainability of our portfolios. 

We look at the carbon footprint of the portfolios (and individual companies) using analytics from carbon data superstars, EMMI.  

To see how we're tracking against the UN SDGs, we use comprehensive analytics from Sustainable Platform.  We believe that all SDG’s are important for a better and sustainable future but we prioritise aligning our portfolios with the climate and environment related SDGs.

We aim to be transparent. That's why we report these metrics, against the market index, to our clients. You can find them in our monthly Fact Sheets and our Quarterly Reports.  

Investment returns don't need to be sacrificed when investing to improve the health of the planet, in our view. At Aurora Capital, we're biased to a mix of investment strategies that target a low-carbon economy, have a less negative impact on the climate and environment, and can contribute to a more sustainable future. The underlying asset class strategies we select all aim to outperform their respective benchmarks. 

The Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) are a set of 17 goals established by the United Nations in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We believe that all SDG’s are important for a better and sustainable future but prioritise aligning our portfolios with the climate and environment related SDGs. 

Of the 17 SDG’s, our focus is on the 4 SDG’s that we've identified as being most relevant to the climate and environment. These are:  

  • SDG 7-Affordable and Clean Energy 
  • SDG 9-Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure 
  • SDG 11-Sustainable Cities and Communities 
  • SDG 13-Climate Action 

We  monitor and report on the alignment of each investment option (except for the Aurora Liquidity Fund) with the 4 focus SDGs. 

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Our commitment to a more sustainable future

All of the fund managers we’ve selected are signatories to the UN’s “Principles for Responsible Investment” ("UNPRI"), and are making positive contributions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that are aligned with the climate and environment. We’re a proud member of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) and an Investor for Impact of the Sustainable Business Network.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute financial advice. Investment involves risks, including potential investment loss. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Read our Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and seek independent financial advice before making any investment decisions. The content on this page is subject to change without notice and is accurate as of 29 January 2024.