Responsible investing

Magellan is committed to responsible investment. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues are a natural component of Magellan’s investment process, as gaining a robust understanding of these issues is a key part to assessing the outlook for future earnings and risks. Magellan’s Responsible Investment Principles outlines and summarises Magellan’s approach to responsible investment, ESG integration, engagement and proxy voting. 

Over the years, we have taken steps that highlight our commitment to responsible investing:

  • In 2012, we became a signatory to the United Nations-sponsored Principles of Responsible Investment, the globally recognised accord for responsible investing.
  • In 2016, we launched the first of a series of Sustainable strategies that implement a proprietary low-carbon overlay. We offer these strategies because we expect the world will take more steps to address climate-change risks by reducing carbon emissions and these measures have the potential to profoundly alter business models.
  • In 2016, Magellan became a signatory of CDP’s climate change program.
  • In 2017, Magellan became a signatory of the PRI’s Montreal Pledge. Under the Pledge, Magellan commits to measure and disclose the carbon footprint of its actively managed investment portfolios. The latest disclosures can be found in the table below.
  • In 2017, Magellan became a signatory to the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia.
  • In 2018, Magellan became a founding signatory to the Tobacco Free Finance Pledge.
  • In 2022, Magellan became a member of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). The IGCC is a collaboration of Australian and New Zealand institutional investors focussed on the impact of climate change on investments.
  • In 2022, Magellan became a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. The initiative is an international group of asset managers committed to supporting the goal of net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Stewardship 2022

Magellan Asset Management Limited’s inaugural Proxy and Engagement Review, for the year to 30 June 2022 sets out within the one document Magellan’s philosophy and implementation of our stewardship activities, along with the primary details and statistics on our engagement and proxy voting activities.

    Carbon footprint as at 30 June 2022
(tonnes co2e per $us million revenue)
Magellan Global Fund   114
Magellan Sustainable Fund   17
Magellan High Conviction Fund   13
Magellan Infrastructure Fund   751
Airlie Australian Share Fund   108
MFG Core International Fund   120
MFG Core ESG Fund   29
MFG Core Infrastructure Fund   1,016
US Sustainable strategy   20
MSCI World Index   149

Note: Portfolio carbon intensities are calculated using the weighted average carbon intensity method.

To learn more about how Magellan considers ESG issues and our approach to proxy voting, click on the relevant Magellan policy below: