Investment approach

At Maritime Super we believe investment success comes from setting a long-term investment strategy and staying on course with it. Our main driver is to help our members achieve financial security and dignity in retirement. To do so, we take the investment of your assets very seriously.

The Fund has developed a range of investment options for members accounting for the fact that members each have varying investment objectives, risk tolerances and return expectations.

In each of the Fund’s diversified investment options, the investment strategy is focused on long-term fundamentals and diversification across a range of asset classes, sectors, regions and managers.

We look for investments that will benefit members and ensure their retirement needs are met in the long run. While we keep a close watch on short-term market movements, we don’t make short-term decisions that attempt to time the market and potentially end up worse off. Emotional reactions during periods of volatility do not play a part in our investment approach.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy

Assessing and managing investment risks is an important aspect of Maritime Super’s risk management framework, within the Maritime Super’s overall governance structures.

Maritime Super aims to be a responsible investor and to recognise environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters in our approach to managing your investments.

  • Environmental factors include climate change, energy efficiency, water and waste treatment practices.
  • Social factors include human capital, workplace health and safety, industrial, community and stakeholder relations.
  • Governance factors are very wide ranging, including business ethics, transparency of company management and reporting, executive remuneration and board structure.

We believe that ESG matters may impact investment performance over the long term. Companies that soundly manage all risks are more likely to be financially sustainable over time and therefore deliver better long term returns.

We encourage our investment advisors and investment managers to consider ESG matters as part of their investment processes. The ESG policy and processes of an investment manager is one of the items considered as part of the Fund’s due diligence process when appointing an investment manager.

We acknowledge that the consideration of ESG issues in investment management is growing in importance worldwide. Maritime Super attempts to understand the broader implications both locally and internationally of ESG issues and networks widely to ensure proper consideration. We continue to monitor developments and engage in debate so that, in the best interests of all members, an appropriate balance of all considerations is maintained.