ACSI is a global business, not only with the representation of our international members, but our domestic partners operate on a global level as well.
As with domestically-listed companies, we ensure that our members have their voices heard in the establishment of corporate governance best practice principles internationally.
We aim to accomplish this by building networks on the global stage, both with like-minded organisations in the field and by actively supporting regulatory development in global markets.
We build these relationships with international organisations to promote the exchange of knowledge between Australian and overseas profit-for-member superannuation or pension funds, as well as collaborating on campaigns and company engagements when aligned with the interests of our members.
We are a member of the following like-minded global associations:
Asian Corporate Governance Association
ACGA is an independent organisation based in Hong Kong that promotes the belief that best practice corporate governance is fundamental to the long term development of Asia. ACGA aims to achieve their goals through a program of Research, Advocacy and Education.
Council of Institutional Investors
CII is non-partisan association of US asset owners, comprised of both domestic and international organisations primarily coming from within the superannuation and pension industry. CII is a significant voice in promoting policies that enhance long term value for US asset holders. CII attests that the key to this is a combination of effective corporate governance, strong shareowner rights and fair and transparent markets.
International Corporate Governance Network
ICGN is a leading authority on global standards of corporate governance and investor stewardship. They promote high standards of practice from companies and investors in creation of sustainable economies through that, value creation or their asset holders.
Global Network of Investors Associations
GNIA is an ICGN-led international collaboration of investor-led organisations with a common interest in promoting shareholder rights and responsibilities. The network enhances member associations’ capacity to share and enact governance priorities beyond their own domestic jurisdictions.
International Integrated Reporting Council
IIRC is a global body that promotes communication about business development as the next stage of corporate reporting. It is the IIRC’s goal to make integrated reporting and thinking a mainstream business practice within both public and private sectors.
Principles for Responsible Investment
ACSI is a signatory member of the PRI, a UN-backed independent organization that is the leading proponent of responsible investment worldwide.
We have been an active participant in the PRI’s global and regional activities since 2006.
We encourage our members to sign up to the PRI, as many have done, and can provide a range of services to assist out members who wish to become a PRI signatory. We also provide practical advice and frameworks to assist members to implement the PRI guidelines, including:
- Assisting members to incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes
- Assisting members to be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices
- Encouraging appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by S&P/ASX200 companies in which our members invest
- Promoting acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry
- Working together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles
- Assisting members to report on their activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.
UN Global Compact
ACSI is a member of the UN Global Compact. The UN Global Compact aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to tackle global sustainability issues. The UN Global compact supports companies to align strategies and operations with the Ten principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti- corruption and take strategic action to advice the Sustainable Development Goals.
To see our how our work contributes to the work of the global compact, you can read our Communication on Engagement here.