Our research is the foundation of our work. We produce high-quality, evidence-based research on material ESG issues, providing our members with detailed insights.
ACSI research informs our company engagement, supports our advocacy work and underpins voting advice to members.
ACSI engages on behalf of our members on ESG issues to influence companies and financial markets in the interest of long-term investors.
Our engagement with listed companies aims to positively influence their ESG performance, and over more than 20 years has resulted in significantly improved practices and transparency on key ESG issues and, ultimately, delivered value to superannuation beneficiaries.
ACSI engages with government, regulators and policymakers to promote regulatory and financial systems that are equitable, sustainable and effective for long-term investors.
In 2023, Australians will vote on whether to constitutionally recognise the Voice to Parliament, an independent and permanent body to advise the Australian Government on issues affecting First Nations peoples. ACSI believes the Voice will provide a much needed and strong consultation process between the Parliament and First Nations people.
In 2021, we pledged our support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
ACSI recognises the importance of the Uluru Statement, which was developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and provides a pathway for change and structural reform. The upcoming referendum offers an opportunity to deliver on this vision.
The Voice provides a framework for better communication between Government and First Nations peoples. We hope it will also support honest, respectful, and truly collaborative relationships between First Nations peoples and business.
Australia can only benefit from a policy and regulatory landscape which strengthens the connections between First Nations people, Governments, business, investors and wider communities. The Voice to Parliament is a vital step on the road to making that happen.
On behalf of our members, ACSI engages with ASX listed companies on a range of issues.
Diversity strengthens decision-making and improves outcomes. We target companies with poor diversity in their boardrooms to boost gender and other kinds of diversity.
We directly engage with the ASX-listed companies to promote strong governance, and resolve issues of material risk to the company and investors.
We press for the development of more sustainable long-term business models, reductions in emissions and improved governance.
From workplace safety to addressing modern slavery in supply chains, we are pushing for companies to improve their performance.
Corporate culture plays a big role in driving company performance and good outcomes for employees, customers and stakeholders. We advocate to improve culture across corporate Australia.
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 develop a timeframe within which they will achieve gender balance on their boards.
“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