Environmental, Social and Governance

We believe companies with good Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management provide better long-term returns.
We believe companies with good Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management provide better long-term returns.

Our ESG and Stewardship program

We believe companies with good Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management provide better long-term returns.

AustralianSuper considers a 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.

Issues we may prioritise include:

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

Our approach is more developed on some issues than others and may vary depending on the asset. For more information on these issues, please see the Responsible Investment section of our Annual Report.

The application of our ESG and Stewardship program varies by asset class and characteristics of our investment, including whether we’re investing directly or through external managers, or whether our investment is actively or passively held.

Our ESG and Stewardship program has three pillars:

ESG and stewardship policies

ESG and Stewardship policy

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

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

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 seek long-term value creation through our stewardship activities.

AustralianSuper’s stewardship statement (PDF) AustralianSuper’s stewardship statement (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 to amplify our voice

Working with other investors and industry groups gives us insights and broader influence on ESG issues.

Reporting our progress

We participate in industry reporting surveys on our ESG and Stewardship program.

Responsible Super Fund Leader 2023

AustralianSuper has been named as a Responsible Super Fund Leader* in RIAA’s 2023 Responsible Investment Super Study. Leaders were recognised for their commitment to transparency, good governance and accountability, and implementation of responsible investment approaches through activities such as engagement, voting and ESG integration.

*Responsible Super Fund Leaders refers to super funds that have achieved a score of 70% or more on RIAA’s Framework of Good Responsible Investment Governance. For more information visit https://responsibleinvestment.org/resources/super-study. Awards are only one factor to be taken into account when choosing a super fund.

PRI 2023 Assessment

AustralianSuper’s full PRI results are available in our PRI Assessment and Transparency Reports below:

AustralianSuper Assessment Report - pdf, 1.4MB

AustralianSuper Transparency Report - pdf, 1.6MB

References:

  1. Responsible Investment Association Australasia, https://responsibleinvestment.org/about-us/
  2. Climate Action 100+, https://www.climateaction100.org/

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