Issues of concern

The graph below shows the percentage of the fund invested in each of the worst issues of concern to New Zealanders. Below the graph are listed all the companies this fund invests in, by issue of concern.


  • Human Rights Violations
  • Environmental Harm
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Weapons
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Social Harm

Companies of concern

    • Contact Energy Ltd 11.47% 1.5°C
      This company is on a 1.5°C pathway

This data is compiled by Mindful Money from the fund information and portfolios that each fund has filed with the Disclose register to 31st March 2024 and Mindful Money analysis of funds within those portfolios. The list of companies of concern has been drawn from ratings agencies and public sources, including the Norwegian Sovereign Fund, NZ Super Fund, Sustainalytics and research organisations.

Please note that companies may breach more than one of these areas of concern.

The listing of companies of concern is based on definitions used in Mindful Money's methodology. These definitions may be different from the exclusions policy and definitions applied by the fund provider.

Mindful Money uses the term Mindful Funds as our standard for ethical investment and responsible investment. This does not imply that other funds are unethical or that the fund providers that do not meet these standards are unethical providers.

About this fund

The Kernel NZ 50 ESG Tilted tracks the S&P/NZX 50 Portfolio ESG Tilted Index. Using the internationally acclaimed Corporate Sustainability Assessment from S&P Dow Jones, each company included in the S&P/NZX 50 Portfolio Index is given an ESG score and re-weighted accordingly.

At Kernel, we believe Kiwis deserve better investment options to grow their long-term wealth. We offer just this. Through our digital platform, world-class investment funds and quality financial resources, Kiwis now have an effective way to grow their savings over the long-term.

Value $11.0M NZD
Period of data report 31st March 2024
Fund started 14th July 2021
Total annual fund fees 0.25%
Total performance based fees 0.0%
Manager's basic fee 0.25%
Other management and administration charges 0.0%
Total other charges 0.0
Total other charges currency NZD

Dean Anderson

Currently: Chief Executive (5 years, 0 months)
Previously: Smartshares Product Manager, NZX (4 years, 4 months)

Stephen Upton

Currently: Chief Operating Officer (4 years, 3 months)
Previously: Smartshares Chief Operating Officer - NZX (3 years, 6 months)

Kerry Mcintosh

Currently: Director (4 years, 3 months)
Previously: Operating Partner, Zino Ventures (current) (5 years, 7 months)

Paul Hocking

Currently: Director (4 years, 3 months)
Previously: Director, Trustee Executors Limited (10 years, 9 months)

Rhea Prasad

Currently: Portfolio Manager (1 years, 4 months)
Previously: Investment Dealer, Pie Funds (1 years, 3 months)

This information has been sourced from the quarterly data that each fund has filed with Disclose register to 31st March 2024.

Past Returns

Past annual returns for this fund are after fees and taxes. Please note that higher past returns do not always mean higher future returns.

Year Market Average Fund Annual Return
2024 14.61% 4.51%
2023 -4.85% -1.54%

The market average is the average return for funds of the same risk category, sourced from the Commission for Financial Capability's Sorted website. The fund information has been sourced from the quarterly data that each fund has filed with Disclose register to 31st March 2024.

Top 10 Investments

  • Meridian Energy
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • Contact Energy Ltd
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • Auckland International Airport
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • Fletcher Building Ltd (NZ Registry)
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • Spark New Zealand Limited (NZ Registered)
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • The A2 Milk Company Ltd
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • Goodman Property Trust
    New Zealand Listed Property
  • ANZ (NZ Register)
    New Zealand Australasian Equities
  • Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited
    New Zealand Listed Property
Type Target Actual
Cash and Cash Equivalents 0.0% 0.13%
New Zealand Fixed Interest 0.0% 0.0%
International Fixed Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Australasian Equities 100.0% 99.87%
International Equities 0.0% 0.0%
Listed Properties 0.0% 0.0%
Unlisted Properties 0.0% 0.0%
Other 0.0% 0.0%
Commodities 0.0% 0.0%

Investment Mix

How the money in this fund is invested against the fund's targets.

This information has been sourced from the quarterly data that each fund has filed with Disclose register to 31st March 2024.