Encouraging Tobacco Free Investment

We are a not-for-profit organisation. Our mission is to inform, prioritise and advance tobacco free investment by eliminating tobacco from investment portfolios across the globe.

The challenge

Many people are unknowingly contributing to what the World Health Organisation has described as a global tobacco epidemic.

Most pension fund members are invested in default investment options, which unbeknown to them, are invested in tobacco companies. Such financial support of the tobacco industry stands in sharp contrast to the efforts of the global health sector to advance tobacco control and the commitment demonstrated by 180 governments that have signed the UN Tobacco Treaty.

Our People

Dr Bronwyn King
Clare Payne
Dr Rachel Melsom

Our vision

Tobacco Free Portfolios aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate pension fund investment in tobacco.

Become Involved

Tobacco Free Portfolios needs ongoing collaborative support from individuals and organisations to achieve its important mission of informing, prioritising and advancing tobacco free investment.

  • Go tobacco free

    If you are a key decision-maker or in a position of influence within a financial organisation, please consider implementing tobacco free investment mandates.

  • Endorse

    If you support our work and vision, please endorse Tobacco Free Portfolios. Endorsements by recognised organisations and individuals serve to strengthen the case for tobacco free investment and can influence others to do the same.

  • Network

    Telling the tobacco story of how Tobacco Free Portfolios was founded is a great way to inform the finance sector and the community of the scale and significance of this issue. If you see an opportunity for us to tell our story, please let us know. We regularly present at conferences, boardroom meetings and industry events.

  • Facilitate

    Facilitating introductions to government, business and health leaders is a great way to assist us in our work.

  • Finance

    Financial contributions, in the form of tax-deductible donations, are welcomed and allow us to continue this important work.

  • Act

    You can play your part by ensuring your investments, including pension contributions, are not invested in tobacco. Contact your pension fund or financial advisor directly and simply ask the question – are any of my investments/contributions invested in tobacco manufacturers?

Our News

16 Mar 2017

AMP Capital dumps tobacco and munitions investments

CEO AMP Capital Adam Tindall: “We are not prepared to deliver investment returns to customers at any cost to society.

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23 May 2016

AXA Goes Tobacco Free

Excerpt from AXA Press Release: AXA Group divests tobacco industry assets Smoking poses the biggest threat to public health in the world today Role of health insurers is changing: healthcare, in the future, won’t be just about cure, it will be about prevention As a responsible health insurer and investor, the AXA Group has decided

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23 Mar 2017

BNZ to exclude nuclear and tobacco producers

Bank of New Zealand has developed a responsible investment policy which excludes companies involved in the production of cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines, nuclear weapons and tobacco or tobacco products from its international equity holdings, it said.

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