Our Dark Green Ethical Share Portfolios

B7wTT5HCEAAyU0aWe have two ‘Dark Green’ Australian Share portfolios that we have designed in conjunction with Ethical Investment Advisers. We have an actively managed ‘Mid Cap’ portfolio, and an optimised passive ‘Large Cap’ portfolio.

These portfolios are SMA’s (Separately Managed Accounts) which are designed to give investors a low cost solution with robust investment processes. Both portfolios have outperformed their benchmarks since inception (details available on request).

Our process involves negative screens that filter out activities that are undesirable from an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) perspective, positive screens that favour sustainable business practices, and a size, sector and valuation overlay. Our Investment Committee includes External Consultant Mark Forstmann. Mark has a solid history in ethical investing and over 20 years experience in investment markets. He has been a non-executive director at Morphic Ethical Equities since 2017. He was a non-executive Director of Hunter Hall Int’l from 2001 until 2016. He served on the Board of the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW, between 2009 and 2015. He was one of the Al Gore/ ACF climate change ambassadors in 2007.

Separately Managed Accounts (SMA’s) are share portfolios which allow you to have the benefit of a portfolio of direct shares packaged like a managed fund, which allows you to have a less active approach than managing individual shares. Instead of buying units in a managed fund, when you purchase a SMA you are actually purchasing each individual investment. This gives you more transparency over the assets you own, as well as more control over capital gains tax and switching investments. You are the beneficial owner of the underlying securities and that means you receive the dividends and franking credits from the underlying shares.

A key benefit of a SMA investment is that unlike a managed fund, you are not invested in ‘common’ units, but rather the underlying shares are recognised as held for your account. This means if assets are sold, you will pay tax on your share of the profits from the date you joined the portfolio, not from the date the portfolio started, nor for realisations for other investors. This means you will not ‘inherit’ capital gains from previous events, or other investors’ actions.

When you invest in SMA’s via an administration platform, this allows you to have a ‘single view’ of your Australian share holdings via your statement or your online account. This gives you instant access to reporting and allows you to determine your overall portfolio returns, and easily compare to relevant benchmarks.

JustInvest and Ethical Investment Advisers developed these ethical share portfolios for our clients to access in their Superannuation (including SMSF’s) and Investment accounts. Our investment process includes:

  • Applying a negative screen to all the shares listed on the ASX to remove from consideration all the companies that have unwanted direct or indirect industry exposures
  • Applying a positive screen to rank the remaining companies in order of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) scores
4 Risk Return trade-off for the last ten years
Risk Return trade-off for the last ten years (Source: InvestSense, 2015)


  • No direct or indirect exposure to:
    • Fossil Fuels
    • Uranium
    • Defence Industries
  • No direct exposure to:
    • Other extractive Industries
    • Gaming
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco


The portfolio is designed to hold fundamentally high quality companies, with a bias against the most expensive (overvalued) stocks in the market, after screening for ESG factors. The bias towards companies with high ESG ratings is created utilising rankings from research houses Sustainalytics and CAER (Corporate Analysis. Enhanced Responsibility).

A key focus of the portfolio is to find companies which are involved in positive environmental activities or which provide benefits to society, such as healthcare, renewable energy, energy efficiency and technology, food, water, sustainable agriculture, education, community development and social welfare. We then construct the portfolio with an overlay of a forward looking valuation assessment, a size and sector bias, and back testing.


Note: These portfolios are only recommended to clients in conjunction with our financial advice process. This involves detailed consideration of your financial objectives and considers your risk profile, ethical criteria and other factors relevant to your individual situation. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

For more information about SMA’s: Article – The rise and rise of sma’s

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