Invest for Climate Action

Is your money supporting the climate crisis?

How to find a climate friendly KiwiSaver, that's free from investments in fossil fuel companies and companies that commit environmental harm.

 Is your money supporting the climate crisis?

If you have a KiwiSaver fund, chances are that it is. 

The 12 worst fossil fuel companies show no sign of stopping their climate-wrecking activities, and our KiwiSaver funds are actively increasing their investment in them, now reaching over $3 billion… 

Angry? So are we.

But together we can make our KiwiSaver funds a force for good.

Join thousands of other New Zealanders who have checked their KiwiSaver funds and found a new fund that fits their values. 


We want to show our KiwiSaver providers that we want them to use our money to create a world that we can retire in, not jeopardising it by supporting climate destruction.

Voting with your feet sends a powerful message that New Zealanders don't want to profit at the expense of the planet.

It takes less than 15 minutes to move to a fund that fits your values. 

Already moved your money to an ethical KiwiSaver fund?

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Climate Friendly Investment Fund

The following fund holds our climate friendly badge, meeting our criteria. Read more below.

TAHITO Te Tai o Rehua Fund is an indigenous ethical and sustainable fund. The Fund uses positive Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) integrated screens in selecting investments. Māori indigenous values and principles serve as the foundation to the Fund’s philosophy and investment selection process. The Fund will provide actively managed exposure to a portfolio of primarily New Zealand and Australian companies that have been selected in accordance with the TAHITO investment philosophy.

This fund has no investments in any of Mindful Money's companies of concern.


Learn more about how to invest for a safe climate

Your money and your carbon footprint

Every investor has the power to reduce their climate impacts through their investments. 

Your KiwiSaver fund's impact is surprisingly large. 

When most people consider their carbon footprint, they think about their electricity use, or travel by car, or the food they eat. These impacts are important and add up to around 7.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent for each New Zealander. 

Few people think about the climate footprint of their KiwiSaver fund or their other investments. Yet they are important.

Your KiwiSaver invests mainly in companies, and they have very different impacts on the climate. We now have measures of the greenhouse gas emissions from most of the public companies (those listed on a share market) and so we can add up the emissions in our funds.

For example, an average KiwiSaver fund invested in global shares has a footprint of around 2.3 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. That’s larger than most other elements of an individual’s carbon footprint.

How to divest from fossil fuels and find a Climate Friendly fund

Free your funds from fossil fuels

Mindful Money's calculations show that over $3.9 billion of KiwiSaver money and $4.6 billion of other NZ retail investment funds is invested in companies that are involved in fossil fuel extraction, production and environmental damage (analysis of September 2023 data).

Going fossil free is good for your returns and good for the future of our planet. And it's easy!

It’s not only a good decision for the planet, but also a sound financial decision. 

Up to 80% of fossil fuel reserves are at risk from becoming stranded assets, with little value as fossil fuels are phased out.  Research shows that divestment from fossil fuels in recent decades has not resulted in lower returns and we have recently shown the evidence of a huge financial loss experienced by investors in the coal, oil and gas sectors. 

What does Climate Friendly mean?

Our Climate Friendly badge means that the fund has less than 0.01% invested in any company producing coal, oil or gas, or the company must be making the transition to renewable energy on a 1.5 degree pathway. There must also be less than 0.01% invested in other aspects of Environmental Harm.

Fossil Fuel Production – Where companies are involved in the production of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal, shale oil) including exploration, production (including core services), storage, transport (except by rail) and refining.

Fossil Fuel Power Generation – Where companies source their power generation from fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal) to generate electricity.

Deforestation – Where companies are involved in, or directly linked to through their supply chain, the act of deforestation or clearance of forest that is then converted to a non-forest use.

Environmental Damage – Where companies, through their products or operations, are involved in environmental degradation e.g., pollution, chemical spills.

Palm Oil – Where companies are involved in the production or distribution of palm oil.

GMOs – Where companies are involved in the development or release of GMO plants and seeds.

Highly Hazardous Pesticides – Where companies are involved in the production or distribution of highly hazardous pesticides, according to the PAN International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides.

Read more about our methodologies for identifying companies here.

Climate Friendly KiwiSaver and Investment Funds

(NB these are funds with at least 35% in equities - there are also many Conservative funds which do not have holdings in companies involved in fossil fuels and environmental harm. Read about the criteria for the Mindful Money Badges here)
KiwiSaver Funds that are Climate Friendly (based on September 2023 data)
  • AE KiwiSaver Plan
  • Kernel KiwiSaver NZ 20 Fund
  • Kernel KiwiSaver NZ 50 ESG Tilted Fund
  • Kernel KiwiSaver S&P Kensho Moonshots Innovation Fund
  • Koura KiwiSaver New Zealand Equities Fund
  • Nikko AM Ark Disruptive Innovation Fund
  • Nikko AM Global Shares Fund
  • NZ Funds Balanced Fund
  • Pathfinder KiwiSaver Balanced Fund
  • Pathfinder KiwiSaver Growth Fund
  • InvestNow Pathfinder Ethical Growth Fund
  • InvestNow Mint Australasian Equity Fund
  • QuayStreet Socially Responsible Investment Fund
  • Sharesies Pathfinder Ethical Growth Fund
Investment Funds that are Climate Friendly (based on September 2023 data)
  • AE Investor
  • BetaShares Australian Sustainability Leaders Fund
  • BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders Fund
  • Castle Point Ranger Fund
  • Devon Alpha Fund
  • Devon Sustainability Fund
  • Elevation Capital Global Shares Fund
  • Fisher Funds Australian Growth Fund
  • Fisher Funds International Growth Fund
  • Fisher Funds New Zealand Growth Fund
  • Fisher Funds Premium Australian Fund
  • Fisher Funds Premium International Fund
  • Fisher Funds Premium New Zealand Fund
  • Fisher Funds Trans Tasman Equity Trust
  • Generate Australasian Managed Fund
  • Generate Thematic Managed Fund
  • Harbour Australasian Equity Fund
  • Harbour Sustainable NZ Shares Fund
  • Hobson Wealth NZ Equity Fund
  • Hyperion Global Growth Companies Pie Fund
  • Kernel NZ 20 Fund
  • Kernel NZ Small & Mid Cap Opportunities Fund
  • Kernel S&P Kensho Moonshots Innovation Fund
  • Lifesaver Trans Tasman Equity Fund
  • Mercer Ethical Leaders NZ Shares Fund
  • Mint Australasian Equity Fund
  • Mint Diversified Alternatives Fund
  • Mint New Zealand SRI Equity Fund
  • Nikko AM Ark Disruptive Innovation Fund
  • Nikko AM Concentrated Equity Fund
  • Nikko AM Global Shares Fund
  • Nikko AM Global Shares Hedged Fund
  • NZ Funds Global Infrastructure
  • NZ Funds Global Macro
  • NZ Funds New Zealand and Australian Shares
  • NZ Funds New Zealand Infrastructure
  • NZ Funds New Zealand Utilities
  • Pathfinder Ethical Growth Fund
  • Pathfinder Ethical Trans-Tasman Fund
  • Pathfinder Global Responsibility Fund
  • Pathfinder Global Water Fund
  • Pie Growth UK & Europe Fund
  • QuayStreet Socially Responsible Investment Fund
  • Salt Sustainable Global Shares Fund
  • Simplicity NZ Share Fund
  • Smartshares Healthcare Innovation ETF
  • TAHITO Te Tai O Rehua Fund
  • Tempo Healthcare Fund
  • Trust Management - ESG Australasian Share Fund

What is Active Ownership?

The investors who hold shares in companies are their owners. They have the power to elect and fire Board members, and to pass resolutions that require action from companies. 

Active ownership recognises that fund managers can use their power to support, persuade, or require companies to reduce their emissions.

Fund managers can engage with companies directly or via third parties. For NZ fund managers, the direct engagement is generally with NZ companies. Few of these engagements have been made public.

When investors group together to take action, they can have a strong influence, particularly when they own a large minority or most of the shares. 

Examples of active ownership include:

  • An investor-led initiative is Climate Action 100+, which has increased the frequency of engagement on climate change among a list of 167 carbon-intensive companies. A recent study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance showed that since this engagement began, net zero commitments from the target companies have risen from just five to 111 (September 2021). The associated emissions reductions could total 3.7 billion metric tonnes of CO2 by 2030.
  • In response to the March 2019 terror attacks on Christchurch mosques, The NZ Super Fund and other NZ investors, supported by 105 global investors representing approximately $13.5 trillion of funds under management, began a collaborative effort to engage the world’s three largest social media companies (Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter). The aim was to strengthen controls in order to prevent the live-streaming and dissemination of objectionable content. An evaluation report was prepared showing some progress in putting controls in place to prevent social media coverage being used by terrorists in future incidents.

The use of an evaluation report to show whether change has been achieved as a result of engagement is crucial. Some funds have started reporting on their engagement with companies or their voting patterns on resolutions, but that does little to show that engagement has changed company practices. This was an important issue highlighted during Mindful Money’s inaugural ethical and impact investment awards in 2021 and in our online seminars.

Investors are also demonstrating they are willing to take more forceful engagement action if companies fail to respond. A recent example was provided when major fund managers joined a small hedge fund, Engine No. 1, to elect three new dissident directors to push for cleaner energy at Exxon Mobil, discussed in this article ‘What just happened?’. This demonstration of investor power sent shockwaves through board rooms internationally.

Active engagement is undertaken by a number of KiwiSaver and investment funds. 

Invest in climate action

Investing for climate action is not just about switching away from fossil fuels or other high greenhouse gas emitters. It is also about channelling funds into the companies and assets that will drive the transition to a clean economy.

Read about the retail investment opportunities available in our impact directory.


Aotearoa New Zealand Investor Coalition For Net Zero

Mindful Money has initiated a new coalition of organisations to accelerate climate action by New Zealand’s asset owners (the trusts and foundations, iwi, churches and others that own pools of funds), wealth managers (financial advisors and wealth management businesses) and fund managers (the KiwiSaver and investment providers that manage the funds). Read more about it here.