We’re taking actions for a better, fairer, and more sustainable future

Members are at the heart of Rest. We are focused on your financial future, and we support actions that will build a better, fairer and more sustainable future for you. Whether it’s investing in clean energy or advocating for a fair super system, Rest has a focus on sustainability. You can follow our progress here.

We’ve developed a Sustainable Growth investment option, so you can grow your super while contributing to a more sustainable future.


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Sustainability strategy

Sustainability at Rest includes how we invest responsibly, our corporate responsibilities as an organisation, and how we advocate for change on matters that are important to our members, and broader stakeholders. We focus on: 

Business and investment performance is unlikely to thrive in a world of poverty, inequality, unrest and environmental stress. So it’s in our interest to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Endorsed by all 193 United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs focus global efforts in a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. They provide a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all*. 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs help to bring our sustainability strategy to life. We have done the work to align our sustainability strategy to focus on five of the SDGs. They frame the Rest contribution to your sustainable future.

 

Diversity and inclusion

Rest fosters a diverse and inclusive culture where people feel welcome and inspired to do their best, regardless of any characteristic they may have. 

We support diversity, recognising that people from different backgrounds bring different skills, knowledge and experiences. This diversity of views strengthens decision making in the best interests of Rest members.

Rest has a 33% minimum target for males and females on the board, which was achieved in October 2020.

Collgar wind farm

Investing in renewables - Collgar wind Farm

As a superannuation fund managing over $55B in assets**, the most meaningful contribution to sustainability we can make is how we invest. Responsible investment helps us manage risk, maximise investment opportunities and contribute to a more sustainable future for our members. This means that your retirement savings can be invested in resilient organisations that are helping to build a sustainable economy; creating financial returns for you, and social and environmental returns for many. The WA Collgar Wind Farm, fully owned by Rest, is a great example.

Climate action

We understand that the impact of climate change concerns our members, and that it is a financial risk for long term investors. With 35% of our members under the age of 25*** and with decades before retirement, it is important to think long term. So, we have adopted an objective to achieve a net zero carbon footprint for the fund by 2050. This reinforces our approach to managing ESG factors like climate-related risk and aligns with long term investment performance.

Climate change

Build a better, fairer, and more sustainable future with Rest.

* www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals
**As at 30 June 2020.
***Internal data source.