Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award


Nominations sought from ESG rising stars 

Are you passionate about integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities into investment decision? ACSI and CareSuper are calling for nominations from young finance professionals for the Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award.

Who is Michael O’Sullivan?

Michael O’Sullivan was the founding president of ACSI and former chair of CareSuper. He was well known and highly respected in the superannuation industry and is regarded as a pioneer in the responsible investment movement in Australia and globally.

What is the Award objective?

The Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award was established to commemorate Michael’s legacy in the superannuation sector and in particular to the incorporation of ESG principles in the risk management of long-term investing. The award aims to advance the ESG agenda through the development of the next generation of ESG advocates and professionals within the profit to members superannuation sector.

Nominee eligibility

The award is open to professionals aged 40 and under (at 31 March 2020) who are employed by an Australian ACSI member superannuation fund. The winner will be committed to the advancement of the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance issues in managing retirement savings.

Nomination Form

Click here to download a copy of the 2020 Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award Nomination Form and entry criteria.

The Prize

The winner of the Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award will receive funding to attend a PRI in Person Annual Conference or ICGN Annual Conference, following the ACSI Award presentation. Funding includes accommodation, conference registration and economy airfares to a maximum value of AUD$10,000.

Where and when is the Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award presented?

The winner will be announced and presented with the Award in front of over 350 industry peers during the ACSI Annual Conference. The 2020 conference will be held on Friday 8 May at The Hilton, Sydney.

Nomination Entry Period

Entries open: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Entries close @ 5.00pm on Tuesday 3 March 2020 

More about Michael

Michael O’Sullivan was ACSI President from its foundation in 2001 until 2011, Chair of CareSuper for three separate two-year terms, and Deputy Chair in the intervening years. He passed away in 2013. Michael made a significant contribution to the advancement of corporate governance practices and representation of the ownership rights and responsibilities of Australian superannuation fund members. He was a pioneer in establishing a productive governance dialogue between companies and institutional investors in Australia, and a focal point for collaboration and action across diverse interests in the superannuation sector.

A passionate advocate, Michael called for all investors to confront the great moral and investment challenges of our times, in particular those associated with global climate change. His influence and legacy extend far beyond Australia: his long tenure as a director of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), tireless promotion of the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and active participation in the global P8 Group all left a profound mark on sustainable investment thinking and action at a global level.

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