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Responsible investment

Responsible Investment Report 2018

Our members are saving for their future, so we need to think carefully about how to protect and grow their money for many years to come. 
One way we do this is by considering how the companies and markets we invest in treat people and the planet. Well-run organisations with sound environmental and social practices have a better chance of long-term success and profitability. By encouraging sustainable practices, we hope to boost members’ pots while improving the environment and society we all live and retire in.

That’s why responsible investment is at the heart of everything we do and why it’s one of our core investment beliefs.

As long-term investors, incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors is integral to the investment management process.

What does ESG mean to NEST?

We believe that sustainable practices and a responsible approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can boost long-term financial return. ESG issues include:

ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance

You can read more about the areas NEST is currently focusing on here.

How NEST invests responsibly

There are potentially thousands of ESG investment risks or opportunities we may want to act on. Our size and focus on keeping costs down means we have to prioritise.

We make choices on which areas to focus on and are pragmatic on the measures we can take to support or challenge industry or company practice.

NEST has four main objectives that help guide and prioritise our responsible investment activities which you can read here.

There are four key ways NEST works to invest responsibly: