2021 ACSI GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES
A guide to investor expectations for listed Australian companies
Our research is the foundation for all our work. We produce high quality research on material ESG issues important to our members. This facilitates engagement with companies, policy makers and the broader public discussion.
We engage with companies to positively influence their ESG performance. Our constructive dialogue has successfully delivered improved outcomes for companies, and in turn long-term investors. We also provide proxy voting recommendations for ASX300 companies, helping our members to exercise their voting rights.
We engage with government, regulators and financial services policy advocates to ensure markets are focused on the long term and best serve our members’ interests.
On behalf of our members, ACSI engages with ASX listed companies on a range of issues.
We target companies that have poor diversity on their boards, including the aim of lifting the proportion of women directors
We encourage resolution of corporate governance issues identified by our research program.
Climate change will have a huge impact on companies performance over the long-term, we encourage companies to disclose their climate risks and opportunities.
From workplace safety to addressing modern slavery in supply chains, we are pushing for companies to improve their performance.
Companies should have gender balance on their board. This means a minimum of 40% women , 40% men and 20% unallocated to allow flexibility for board renewal. We are calling on boards to outline how they intend improve diversity by 2025.
“Managing ESG issues helps protect the retirement savings of superfund members into the future. Investors and companies must work together to tackle significant long-term investment risks, including climate change, corporate governance, and gender diversity.”
Debby Blakey – ACSI President; Chief Executive Officer – HESTA