Environmental, social and governance

We believe investing in companies with good Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management provides better long-term returns for members.
We believe investing in companies with good Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management provides better long-term returns for members.

Modern Slavery Statement

This statement details our approach to managing Modern Slavery risks within our organisation, investments and their supply chains. 

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Our ESG and Stewardship program

We believe investing in companies with good Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management provides better long-term returns for members.

AustralianSuper considers a broad range of ESG issues but prioritises those which we believe are likely to have the greatest financial impact on members’ investment returns. This can include risks, which can have a negative impact, and opportunities, which can have a positive impact.

We focus on these strategic themes:

Environmental Social Governance
  • Climate change
  • Circular economy
  • Workforce
  • Diversity
  • First Nations/cultural heritage
  • Sustainable digitalisation
  • Board effectiveness
  • Remuneration

For more information on these themes, please see AustralianSuper’s Annual Report.

Our ESG and Stewardship program doesn’t apply to all asset classes. For example, it doesn’t apply to the cash asset class as ESG issues are not likely to materially impact investment returns in this asset class.

 

Our ESG and Stewardship program has three pillars:

ESG and stewardship policies

Australian Asset Owner Stewardship Code

AustralianSuper is a signatory to the Australian Asset Owner Stewardship Code (the Code). Download our Stewardship Statement to see how we promote long-term value creation in the listed equities we invest in through our stewardship activities. 

AustralianSuper’s stewardship statement (PDF) AustralianSuper’s stewardship statement (PDF)

Download our policy to find out more about our approach to ESG and stewardship

ESG and stewardship policy (PDF) ESG and stewardship policy (PDF)

 

Share Voting approach

This document outlines our approach to voting on Australian and international companies.

AUSTRALIANSUPER’S SHARE VOTING APPROACH (PDF) AUSTRALIANSUPER’S SHARE VOTING APPROACH (PDF)

Collaborating for bigger impact

Working with industry investors and groups gives us better insights and more influence on shared ESG issues.

Reporting our progress

We participate in industry reporting projects to monitor the success of our ESG and Stewardship program.

Responsible Investment Association Australasia

AustralianSuper is recognised as a Responsible Investment Leader 2022 by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). This acknowledges our commitment to responsible investing; our explicit consideration of environmental, social and governance factors in investment decision making; our strong and collaborative stewardship; and our transparency in reporting activity, including the societal and environmental outcomes being achieved.1

References:
1. Responsible Investment Association Australasia, https://responsibleinvestment.org/about-us/

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