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Colonial First State supports call for controversial weapons removal from global indices

Colonial First State is one of the first Australian companies to join 142 other institutional investors, representing US$6.9 trillion in assets, who are calling for the exclusion of controversial weapons from global investment indices.

At Colonial First State, we believe responsible investing is a long-term investment approach that takes into account the impact environmental, social and governance factors can have on investment outcomes.

Over the last few years, we have implemented a number of initiatives as part of a journey to strengthen our approach to responsible investing.

Most recently, we confirmed our support for an open letter from institutional investors calling on index providers to remove controversial weapons from global indices.


We are proud to be one of the first Australian companies to join 142 other institutional investors, representing US$6.9 trillion in assets, who are calling for the exclusion of controversial weapons from global investment indices. These weapons include antipersonnel mines, cluster munitions, biological and chemical weapons, and nuclear weapons.

Together with other asset owners, we are in a position to make a huge difference to responsible investing, which we know is something that many of our members value. We believe that active and passive investments should, by default, exclude controversial weapons.

This initiative reinforces our ongoing commitment to responsible investing – not just within our own investments – but also in helping to drive positive change in the broader market.

We believe wealth managers have a responsibility to allocate clients’ capital to productive purposes in the pursuit of sustainable long-term wealth protection and enhancement. As a result, we need to play an active role in understanding and applying ESG matters in investing, in order to earn and maintain the trust of our members, clients and stakeholders.

Colonial First State is committed to divesting from controversial weapons manufacturers by the end of this year. We are also a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investments and recently became a signatory to the United Nations endorsed Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge.


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Find out more about Colonial First State's commitment to responsible investing from Head of Investments, Scott Tully.

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