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It makes no sense to fight tobacco on one hand and to finance it on the other.

In California, public health programs are spending billions every year treating cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and many other diseases linked to tobacco use, which is why I have made it a mission of mine to ensure that not one penny, nickel, or dime of public funds is invested in a product that kills our citizens.

It makes no sense to fight tobacco on one hand and to finance it on the other.

Tobacco Free Portfolios is an accomplished team of medical doctors, ethics experts and sustainable finance professionals, located in three different key financial markets and actively working across more than twenty countries. Working collaboratively with finance leaders – spanning banking, insurance, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset management and rating agencies – the Tobacco Free Portfolios team puts tobacco-free finance on the agenda. Tobacco exclusions are increasingly considered a fundamental step on the journey to integrate sustainability, responsibility and transparency into the fabric of mainstream business. In the process, a new bridge is being built between the health and finance sectors and a novel approach to bring an end to the world’s greatest cause of preventable death, is being embraced.

Tobacco Free Portfolios is an accomplished team of medical doctors, ethics experts and sustainable finance professionals with a global reach. Working collaboratively with finance leaders – spanning banking, insurance, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset management and rating agencies – the Tobacco Free Portfolios team has put tobacco-free finance on the agenda across Europe.

Tobacco exclusions are increasingly accepted as a fundamental cornerstone and step on the journey to integrate sustainability, responsibility and transparency into the fabric of mainstream business. In the process, new bridges have been built between the health and finance sectors, and a novel approach to bring an end to the world’s greatest cause of preventable death, is being embraced.

The European finance sector has led in implementing tobacco-free finance, with some of the world’s largest pension funds, banks, insurers and asset managers celebrating the global health benefits and positive financial outcomes of a tobacco-free position.

Financial institutions across the USA are rapidly expanding offerings of sustainability-aligned products, as unprecedented demand surges. Sustainability is now entrenched as a material issue in corporate boardrooms, where frameworks are being drafted, tested and refined. Tobacco-free finance is a crucial step on this journey.

Many institutions have noted significant financial benefits when going tobacco-free:

  • CalPERS made US$856M through its exclusion of tobacco since 2017·
  • ABP gained US$830M.
  • AP4 was US$120M better off.
  • AustralianSuper was US$80M better off.

The world is on track for one billion tobacco-related deaths this century

Dr Bronwyn King AO, MBBS, FRANZCR – Founder, Director and CEOFounder, Director and CEO

Dr. Bronwyn King AO began her medical career working as a doctor on the lung cancer ward at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. While doing her best to treat her patients (many of whom had started smoking in childhood) Dr King observed first-hand the truly devastating impact of tobacco - many deaths and much suffering. She was unaware that at the very same time she was investing in Big Tobacco via her compulsory superannuation (pension) fund. Tobacco Free Portfolios was set up in response to that uncomfortable discovery. Since then, Dr King has assembled an accomplished team that has been instrumental in advancing the switch to tobacco-free finance across the globe. Her 2017 TEDxSydney talk on tobacco-free finance has been viewed more than three million times.

Ms Gail Hurley – UK/Europe AdvocateUK/Europe Advocate

Gail worked for the United Nations Development Programme for 10 years as a Senior Policy Advisor on Development Finance in New York and has also held roles in the non-profit sector where she continues to serve in several Board and advisory roles. In addition to her position at Tobacco Free Portfolios, she is a Fellow with Development Initiatives, an international development organisation.

Ms Clare Payne – Director of CommunicationsDirector of Communications

Clare advises businesses and leaders on ethics, good governance and trust. She is a former employment lawyer who managed the integrity office of Macquarie Bank and founded The Banking and Finance Oath, a Hippocratic-type oath for those in finance. Prior to the global financial crisis, Clare’s paper titled, ‘Ethics or Bust’ was awarded the inaugural Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize by the Observatoire de la Finance, Geneva. Clare then went on to co-author, A Matter of Trust - The Practice of Ethics in Finance (2018).

Ms Milena Stojceska – Senior ManagerSenior Manager

Milena has been an advisor to politicians, business leaders, female founders and foundations. At the Australian Consulate-General in New York she focused on the expansion of Australian businesses into the USA. Prior to her diplomatic role, she advised The Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, drawing on her deep background in communications and media. She began her career in journalism, including time with Nine News in Australia after being awarded the John Burton Cadetship Scholarship in Journalism from Bond University.

Ms Sarrah El Fersaoui – Project ManagerProject Manager

Sarrah holds a master’s degree in Law, Economics and Management, specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from the University of Versailles, and a master’s degree in Project Management from Centrale Paris. She started her professional career in a quality engineer role, coordinating standards implementation and indicators analysis with ALD (Société Générale Group). She initiated ambitious projects such as ISO 9001 certification and carbon footprint reduction and became increasingly interested in the implementation of CSR projects. Her role involved working with strategic project portfolios across 42 countries for the Société Générale branch.

Dr Kate Maxfield – Project ManagerProject Manager

Dr Kate Maxfield is a practicing medical doctor with over a decade of experience in healthcare, having worked in diverse roles across Australian public and private health systems. Her interest in the intersection of politics, economics and healthcare inspired her to complete a Diploma of Liberal Arts alongside her medical degree at Monash University and in 2018 she commenced a Masters in Disaster, Development and Adaption at King’s College London, with a desire to enhance expertise in global health.

Ms Lisa Nicolaou – Executive AssistantExecutive Assistant

Lisa has extensive administrative skills and experience, primarily in travel, tourism and public health in both Australia and the UK. Lisa first worked with Dr King over a decade ago, at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where she supported the Radiation Oncology specialists. Lisa clearly remembers the day in 2010 when Dr King had ‘the conversation’ with her superannuation fund and discovered that she was unwittingly investing her money in tobacco.

Ms Gail Hurley – UK/Europe AdvocateUK/Europe Advocate

Gail worked for the United Nations Development Programme for 10 years as a Senior Policy Advisor on Development Finance in New York and has also held roles in the non-profit sector where she continues to serve in several Board and advisory roles. In addition to her position at Tobacco Free Portfolios, she is a Fellow with Development Initiatives, an international development organisation.

Dr Bronwyn King AO, MBBS, FRANZCR – Founder, Director and CEOFounder, Director and CEO

Dr. Bronwyn King AO began her medical career working as a doctor on the lung cancer ward at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. While doing her best to treat her patients (many of whom had started smoking in childhood) Dr King observed first-hand the truly devastating impact of tobacco - many deaths and much suffering. She was unaware that at the very same time she was investing in Big Tobacco via her compulsory superannuation (pension) fund. Tobacco Free Portfolios was set up in response to that uncomfortable discovery. Since then, Dr King has assembled an accomplished team that has been instrumental in advancing the switch to tobacco-free finance across the globe. Her 2017 TEDxSydney talk on tobacco-free finance has been viewed more than three million times.

Ms Sarrah El Fersaoui – Project ManagerProject Manager

Sarrah holds a master’s degree in Law, Economics and Management, specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from the University of Versailles, and a master’s degree in Project Management from Centrale Paris. She started her professional career in a quality engineer role, coordinating standards implementation and indicators analysis with ALD (Société Générale Group). She initiated ambitious projects such as ISO 9001 certification and carbon footprint reduction and became increasingly interested in the implementation of CSR projects. Her role involved working with strategic project portfolios across 42 countries for the Société Générale branch.

Ms Milena Stojceska – Senior ManagerSenior Manager

Milena has been an advisor to politicians, business leaders, female founders and foundations. At the Australian Consulate-General in New York she focused on the expansion of Australian businesses into the USA. Prior to her diplomatic role, she advised The Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, drawing on her deep background in communications and media. She began her career in journalism, including time with Nine News in Australia after being awarded the John Burton Cadetship Scholarship in Journalism from Bond University.

Ms Clare Payne – Director of CommunicationsDirector of Communications

Clare advises businesses and leaders on ethics, good governance and trust. She is a former employment lawyer who managed the integrity office of Macquarie Bank and founded The Banking and Finance Oath, a Hippocratic-type oath for those in finance. Prior to the global financial crisis, Clare’s paper titled, ‘Ethics or Bust’ was awarded the inaugural Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize by the Observatoire de la Finance, Geneva. Clare then went on to co-author, A Matter of Trust - The Practice of Ethics in Finance (2018).

Dr Kate Maxfield – Project ManagerProject Manager

Dr Kate Maxfield is a practicing medical doctor with over a decade of experience in healthcare, having worked in diverse roles across Australian public and private health systems. Her interest in the intersection of politics, economics and healthcare inspired her to complete a Diploma of Liberal Arts alongside her medical degree at Monash University and in 2018 she commenced a Masters in Disaster, Development and Adaption at King’s College London, with a desire to enhance expertise in global health.

Ms Lisa Nicolaou – Executive AssistantExecutive Assistant

Lisa has extensive administrative skills and experience, primarily in travel, tourism and public health in both Australia and the UK. Lisa first worked with Dr King over a decade ago, at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where she supported the Radiation Oncology specialists. Lisa clearly remembers the day in 2010 when Dr King had ‘the conversation’ with her superannuation fund and discovered that she was unwittingly investing her money in tobacco.

Dr Bronwyn King AO, MBBS, FRANZCR – Founder, Director and CEOFounder, Director and CEO

Dr. Bronwyn King AO began her medical career working as a doctor on the lung cancer ward at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. While doing her best to treat her patients (many of whom had started smoking in childhood) Dr King observed first-hand the truly devastating impact of tobacco - many deaths and much suffering. She was unaware that at the very same time she was investing in Big Tobacco via her compulsory superannuation (pension) fund. Tobacco Free Portfolios was set up in response to that uncomfortable discovery. Since then, Dr King has assembled an accomplished team that has been instrumental in advancing the switch to tobacco-free finance across the globe. Her 2017 TEDxSydney talk on tobacco-free finance has been viewed more than three million times.

Ms Milena Stojceska – Senior ManagerSenior Manager

Milena has been an advisor to politicians, business leaders, female founders and foundations. At the Australian Consulate-General in New York she focused on the expansion of Australian businesses into the USA. Prior to her diplomatic role, she advised The Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, drawing on her deep background in communications and media. She began her career in journalism, including time with Nine News in Australia after being awarded the John Burton Cadetship Scholarship in Journalism from Bond University.

Ms Gail Hurley – UK/Europe AdvocateUK/Europe Advocate

Gail worked for the United Nations Development Programme for 10 years as a Senior Policy Advisor on Development Finance in New York and has also held roles in the non-profit sector where she continues to serve in several Board and advisory roles. In addition to her position at Tobacco Free Portfolios, she is a Fellow with Development Initiatives, an international development organisation.

Ms Clare Payne – Director of CommunicationsDirector of Communications

Clare advises businesses and leaders on ethics, good governance and trust. She is a former employment lawyer who managed the integrity office of Macquarie Bank and founded The Banking and Finance Oath, a Hippocratic-type oath for those in finance. Prior to the global financial crisis, Clare’s paper titled, ‘Ethics or Bust’ was awarded the inaugural Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize by the Observatoire de la Finance, Geneva. Clare then went on to co-author, A Matter of Trust - The Practice of Ethics in Finance (2018).

Ms Sarrah El Fersaoui – Project ManagerProject Manager

Sarrah holds a master’s degree in Law, Economics and Management, specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from the University of Versailles, and a master’s degree in Project Management from Centrale Paris. She started her professional career in a quality engineer role, coordinating standards implementation and indicators analysis with ALD (Société Générale Group). She initiated ambitious projects such as ISO 9001 certification and carbon footprint reduction and became increasingly interested in the implementation of CSR projects. Her role involved working with strategic project portfolios across 42 countries for the Société Générale branch.

Dr Kate Maxfield – Project ManagerProject Manager

Dr Kate Maxfield is a practicing medical doctor with over a decade of experience in healthcare, having worked in diverse roles across Australian public and private health systems. Her interest in the intersection of politics, economics and healthcare inspired her to complete a Diploma of Liberal Arts alongside her medical degree at Monash University and in 2018 she commenced a Masters in Disaster, Development and Adaption at King’s College London, with a desire to enhance expertise in global health.

Ms Lisa Nicolaou – Executive AssistantExecutive Assistant

Lisa has extensive administrative skills and experience, primarily in travel, tourism and public health in both Australia and the UK. Lisa first worked with Dr King over a decade ago, at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where she supported the Radiation Oncology specialists. Lisa clearly remembers the day in 2010 when Dr King had ‘the conversation’ with her superannuation fund and discovered that she was unwittingly investing her money in tobacco.

Our vision is for a world free from tobacco.

Our mission is to inform, prioritise and advance tobacco-free finance.

Tobacco has been the single worst-performing sector in 2018 in capital terms, excluding dividends, out of the 39 industry groupings that form the FTSE All-Share

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths

Every year around 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses. Smoking increases the risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions.

Board members

Mr Mark Engel

Mark has held senior executive and board level positions across the Australian healthcare, insurance, financial services and higher education sectors.

Ms Alice Williams

Alice has over 30 years’ senior management and Board level experience in the corporate and government sectors specialising in investment management, corporate advisory and equity fundraising.

Mr Mats Andersson

Mats Andersson has a degree in economics from the University of Stockholm and has previously held management positions at SG Warburgs, Deutsche Bank, AP3 and most recently as CEO at AP4.

Dr. Bronwyn King AO

Mr Mark Engel

Mark has held senior executive and board level positions across the Australian healthcare, insurance, financial services and higher education sectors.

Ms Alice Williams

Alice has over 30 years’ senior management and Board level experience in the corporate and government sectors specialising in investment management, corporate advisory and equity fundraising.

Mr Mats Andersson

Mats Andersson has a degree in economics from the University of Stockholm and has previously held management positions at SG Warburgs, Deutsche Bank, AP3 and most recently as CEO at AP4.

Dr. Bronwyn King AO

Mr David Dobbins

Dr Bronwyn King

Global Advisory Council

Leaders in finance, health, government and philanthropy support Tobacco Free Portfolios through our Global Advisory Council.

Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan

Ms Jane Ambachtsheer

Mr Keith Ambachtsheer

Mr Mats Andersson

Mr Justin Arter

The Honourable Ted Baillieu AO

Mr Rob Bauer

Mr Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

Mr Stewart Brentnall

Mr José Luis Castro

Mr Denis Duverne

Mr Michael Dwyer AM

Mr John Fraser

Mr Kristian Flyvholm

Ms Esther Gilmore

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Professor Prabhat Jha

The Honourable Ros Kelly

Professor Ilona Kickbusch

Mr Dawid Konoty-Ahulu

Sir Harpal Kumar

Mr Paul Lewis MBE FAICD

Dr Judith Mackay OBE

Mr Ian Maybury

Mr Olivier Rousseau

The Honourable Kevin Rudd AC

Ms Anne-Lise Ryel

Mr Ian Silk

Mr Steve Somogyi

Mr Pavan Sukhdev

Mr Ratan Tata

Mr Xander Den Uyl

News

Dr Bronwyn King Speaks at TEDxSydney

Tobacco causes more than eight million deaths every year — and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realise. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King AO tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco industry and the entire global finance sector, which invests our money in cigarette companies through big banks, insurers and pension funds.

Tobacco-Free Finance Celebration

Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Dr Bronwyn King, Clare Payne and Dr Rachel Melsom, together with CEOs and Chairs of dozens of Australian pension funds and fund managers celebrated the progress to date in the transition to tobacco-free finance. AU$1.3 Trillion of Australians’ superannuation savings were invested under tobacco-free policies as of October 2018.

Colonial First State Quits Tobacco

Tobacco is the world’s leading cause of preventable death – and overwhelmingly, our customers don’t want it in their options. That’s why we’re divesting from tobacco companies.

Alecta Announced Tobacco-Free Position: USD 90B

As a long-term investor, Alecta said its investments need to be focused on companies that are well-managed and have a business model with a long sustainability date.  

UK’s Largest Private Pension Fund to Exit Tobacco

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), which oversees more than 68 billion pounds (USD 84 billion) of assets, will begin selling its holdings in these industries within two years and will exclude any further investment, according to a statement on Monday from USS’s main investment manager and adviser.

Return Impact of Sustainability Decisions

AP4 follows up the return impact of sustainability decisions in the portfolio. This follow-up illustrates how the companies that AP4 has decided to not invest in have performed in relation to a broad index…. A positive return contribution in the chart shows that the effect of excluding certain companies has made a positive contribution to the portfolio’s return compared with a broad index and vice versa.

A World Without Tobacco Post Pandemic – 2021 Webinar

Tobacco Free Portfolios was pleased to host a webinar in March, 2021, alongside global thought leaders from American Cancer Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Truth Initiative, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and The Center for Black Health & Equity to showcase the broad cross section of major tobacco control initiatives. The panel of speakers…

Canada’s second largest pension plan signs The Pledge

Caisse de depot et placement du Québec (CDPQ) has made the decision to withdraw from the tobacco industry. Tobacco is a public health issue that has serious consequences on the environment and on society, and we believe it is not an activity that is sustainable over the long term.

CalPERS made $856M through its tobacco exclusion

Californian public pension giant CalPERS has made $856m through its exclusion of tobacco since 2017, amounting to about 0.2% of the $389bn fund’s current assets, according to the latest analysis by investment consultant Wilshire Associates.  

Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners

Sincere thanks to the organisations and foundations listed below, as well as many individuals and families whose generous donations support our work.

Honour Roll

Sincere thanks to the organisations and foundations listed below, as well as many individuals and families whose generous donations have supported our work in the past.

Memberships

Tobacco Free Portfolios is delighted to be a member of the following organisations.

Suppliers / Pro Bono Work

Sincere thanks to our suppliers and generous pro bono contributors for their continued support.